When I started searching for a job at the beginning of this summer, I had two problems: One, I almost never got an interview–without a good reference to get me in the door, I was overlooked in the piles of hundreds of other applicants’ resumes. And two, when I did get an interview, I often found myself holding back (for good reason) from asking a pressing concern of mine: “Would I even like this job, if you were to hire me?”
In my mind, sending your resume via company website won’t get you anywhere if you don’t find a way to get a reference, too. But you’re dad doesn’t have to own the company, and you don’t have to have any second-cousins in the industry, to get one. Here’s what you can do instead.