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I am applying for job online and the form includes an area for me to list my references and our "Working Relationship".

What should I write in that area?

Also, when I report to a person who is the only other person in the company, what is their position: owner/manager/MD/CEO?

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    working relationship is generally one of managed by [this person], colleague or managed [this person] – TZHX Jun 7 '12 at 12:02
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    @TZHX With a little more text, that would be a perfectly fine answer... – jcmeloni Jun 7 '12 at 13:27
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One of:

  • My Manager
  • Directly Reported to me
  • Indirectly Reported to me
  • Colleague on the same team
  • Colleague on another team
  • Friend
  • Mentor
  • Family (best avoided when possible.)

Terms may vary about between culture / country

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    You may want to shorten them and nounify them. Directly Reported to MeDirect Report (though I would avoid underling). – jmac Apr 12 '13 at 0:50
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    I prefer Michael Durrant's phrasing. "Direct Report" is ambiguous. Are you saying you are the direct report, or that they are? – atk Apr 18 '13 at 1:40
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What should I write in that area?

For the references you are putting down, how would you categorize the relationship: Is this person your manager, team lead, teammate, subordinate, or something else? Where in the organizational chart are you in relation to the reference. Was this person a client of yours? Did you use this person as a vendor for some service? There are more than a few possible answers here.

Also, when I report to a person who is the only other person in the company, what is their position: owner/manager/MD/CEO?

This can vary. President, CEO, Owner, Founder, Creator, and Chairman are possibilities though it depends a bit on how the person views the company. They may just see themselves as a Principal or Director and thus it is worth either asking or looking at their business card or an on-line profile like LinkedIn that may have their title.