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I know there have been question asked about references. However my question is NOT about what to do in the case of having no references. My question is about having references but not the ones specifically asked for.
I'm trying to apply for a part time job and on the job application, the three references they ask for specifically are two from previous supervisors and one from a previous co-worker.
I do have three references ( one from an academic adviser, a former teacher, and the person I worked for as a nanny) but other than that I'm stuck. I did try to ask a person I volunteered with a few years ago for a reference but I have yet to hear back from her.
My question is how important is it to have the specific references asked for? Is it more important to just put what you have or to keep seeking what the potential employer is asking for? Do I just put the three references I have down and try to explain to the manager why I don't have the co-worker reference when I turn in the application?