Can I use my high school teacher as a reference?

Is it okay to use my high school teacher as a reference, or should I use someone else as a reference?. Also, is it okay to use a relative as a reference?.

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    It depends.  If you are applying for a job, you should use someone from whom you worked in the past if at all possible.  If you have no employment history -- no previous employer -- you may use a responsible adult who knows you well enough to speak to your attributes as a potential employee (responsible, punctual, quick learner, polite, etc.).

    It really isn't great to use a relative because it is assumed your relative will vouch for you regardless of your actual skills.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes on the teacher, no on relatives.

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    teacher, yes.  relative, no

    • Savannah
      Lv 5
      4 weeks agoReport

      Thanks.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Yes,  yes to all, IF you get prior permission from the teacher.

    Further, regarding relatives. Read the application. In some cases a relative is not permitted as a reference.

    • Savannah
      Lv 5
      4 weeks agoReport

      Alright, thank you!

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  • Nancy
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    It's only okay to use a high school teacher as a reference if you're still in high school or only have recently graduated from high school. Otherwise, it's not only infantile but also indicates that you haven't cultivated a stronger, more professionally relevant reference since graduating from high school.

    Using a relative as a reference is wasting a reference. Any employer will expect a relative to be biased, nor likely have any actual first-hand knowledge of the aspects of you that are relevant to what you are asking them to be a reference for. It also screams loud and clear to whomever is receiving the reference that you are so hard-up for references that you are using a relative, which they will infer to mean that you are pretty crappy.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    It's fine as long as they are willing to be a reference.  Don't put them down without talking to them.

    • Savannah
      Lv 5
      4 weeks agoReport

      Thanks.

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