I finished a postgraduate course about four months ago and have been looking for work ever since. I took a job at Asda over the Christmas period in order to earn a bit of money and keep busy. However, I didn’t really think about the fact that most application forms ask for your most recent employer as a reference. I am confident that Asda would give me a positive reference (although I can’t imagine they would be able to say much given that I was only there for four weeks) but I have three years of really relevant work experience on my CV and would much rather give a reference from one of my previous employers.

What should I do? I’m keen to show employers that I have been working in the past four months, and not just taking jobseekers allowance, but I don’t see the point in giving a reference if it is just going to say that I had perfect attendance…

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!


provide 2 references? one from a better employer?