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Old 01-31-2016, 02:01 PM
Location: Energy Corridor-ish
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To start off, I am currently employed with a county-level agency. I am not feeling passionate about my job, I don't feel like I fit in anymore, and the higher-ups have been doing a lot of shifting of people between locations lately. I don't like this. It has happened at my location twice in the past 2 years, and I personally feel it's not good for morale, at least among the long-timers. I'm 18 months away from the monthly payment after retirement from our county's retirement system. It would be nice to get that, but starting to wonder if I can hold out that long. So, I am starting to dip my toe in the job-hunting pool. Filling out applications, but not following up at this time, unless I see my dream job, which so far I haven't.

Prior to this job, my experience was in teaching. In both education and government work, it appears to be standard to ask for references on the application. This does not seem to be the case in the private sector/business, but I have run across a couple of applications asking for references. From what I have read, references usually aren't contacted until after the interview. With that in mind, is it acceptable to put "references available upon request" on an application?

Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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Old 01-31-2016, 02:18 PM
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Stick around for the 18 months. That retirement money will mean more to you later than the current discomfort.

To your question, if it's not listed as "required," you can write that in.
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