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    Cyburbian hilldweller's avatar
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    Developer as reference for public sector job

    Does anybody think this is a bad idea? Ever done it before? Do you think planning managers would look favorably/unfavorably at it?

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    Cyburbian Jeff's avatar
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    Without developers you would be out of a job.
    I thought there wasnt supposed to be any bias?

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    NIMBY asshatterer Plus Richmond Jake's avatar
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    I've used attorneys that represent developers. Didn't seem to bother anyone. I don't think it's unfavorable.

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    When you say job is this for employment or for a bid (sorry, I look at the word job differently in the private sector).

    If you are applying for a job, use references who will attest to your skills relevant to the job description.

    If you are preparing a proposal, you can include references on the sample project's cut-sheet or group them all on a separate sheet. Most of the time I really don't think it matters if you use developers, municipal planners, key stakeholders, etc. The intent of references to provide contacts who can attest your ability to complete the project. I think the only time it might not be good is if you are working with a group that is very anti-development, but even then I don't really think it's a big deal.

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    By all means, use the developer. Last time I was in the job hunt, I had diverse references to show ability to get along with, well, diverse people: local news reporter, co-worker, developer, homebuilders officer, commission chair.

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    Absolutley, I did the same thing. If you work well with the people you serve (the public and the development community) you will do well in this biz.
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    I did it once and they said that I was fair and honest and open-minded (fooled them )

    but yes, if you know they will say something to this effect about you, that's a good thing...

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    I think it is a good thing to show that you have good relationships with developers. It is really important in public sector jobs.

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    Oh yeah....

    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    Does anybody think this is a bad idea? Ever done it before? Do you think planning managers would look favorably/unfavorably at it?
    Not a problem....I did this recently by using a previous manager from a home builder. One of the best people I've ever worked for/with on either side of the fence It would be a plus in my book.
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