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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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    Without developers you would be out of a job.
    I thought there wasnt supposed to be any bias?

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    I've used attorneys that represent developers. Didn't seem to bother anyone. I don't think it's unfavorable.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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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.
    “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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