I don't believe this thread is a duplicate, as my main question is whether I should ask a possible reference to not say anything (the CV query is only secondary)
I am a graphic designer who also has a fairly good knowledge of HTML, CSS and WordPress... enough to build responsive custom WordPress themes anyway.
I really wish I didn't have this coding ability however. As I find that a lot of design agencies want to hire me as their 'web guy' when / if they find out I can both design and code... design is my true passion and I lost interest in coding several years ago (despite having had to still do some here and there since then).
Should I simply keep this a secret on my CV and at future job interviews? I am currently freelance however one of my potential references was a (part-time) job I left recently where I did both design and some frontend dev.
I was considering asking my former employer to not say anything about me having the ability to code should he give me a reference.
I'm not sure if this might be a bad idea though? am I better off just not using him as a reference and using someone else instead? e.g. someone I've done only design projects for?
That would mean not having to ask them to hide anything for me, but the thing about this reference in particular is that it was a recent role and quite a long-term one too. So it would be a shame not to use them.