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Can I use google as a reference?

     
9:37 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I might have gotten a job, but ever since I turned 18 I had an account with Google and they are my main source of income. My potential new jobs wants me to list some job related reference...all I got is google. Except I never talked to anyone at google.

Can I give them the google 1-800 number and maybe somehow they can connect some support dude and he can go through my account to see if I meet company publisher guidelines or something?

So in summary Been with google since I was 18...now 24 so 6 years working only with google and making a living with it. Can I use them as a reference with some 1-800 number for a potential employer to contact? But I never talked to anyone in google...

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No.
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wow, sorry, no. Is not the same to have adsense than to actually have been at their offices working for them
10:43 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I love that AdSense has been your primary source of income. Sadly, I don't personally know enough about you or your work to provide you with a reference.

If you've really never worked with anyone else (a webmaster, a designer, an agency, etc), I'd recommend offering your potential employer a personal reference plus data on the success of the site(s) you operate from a source like Google AdPlanner. That's just my 2 cents, though.

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You can put the work you do on your websites on your resume as an actual job, but you cannot put Google down as a reference because they've never met you so therefore can't give any kind of recommendation. Only thing Google knows about you is how much money you earn.
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You've been more or less self employed. Take ASA's advice about AdPlanner info and augment that with some details about what you did to make your site(s) a success.

It isn't that you haven't been working, you've just been working for yourself.

And BTW, why give up the self employment?

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I do really well. I was lucky and started early. But I kinda gotten bored with my particular field. Working behind the computer desk and not meeting anyone face to face is really not that fun. I been doing it for 6 years...Also i mainly talk to people around ages 13-25...which isn't really that interesting. Most, at least my generation don't really have any interesting things to say it seems.

Of course I don't want to give it up, but I'm really one of the lucky one's. I think I can work 1 hour a day or every other day, and and get a different (regular) type of job, and meet different people and learn from them.

=D alright thx ASA for the advice. Can't use them for references. Guest all I got are my friends, and voluntary staff for the site then.

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use a successful friend with experience as a reference if you have no prior job exp. ask them before you do though.
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Google AdSense is my best reference.

Some years ago, the Austrian finance minister paid about 150.000,-EUR for a very bad PR site for his person. The people in the company receiving the money had been school friends of him.

So I tell potential customers for my internet promotion business

"To get from Your old schol friend, now minister of finance 150.000,-EUR for a web site is not a difficult task, but to receive 140.000,-EUR from Google is a proof of quality".

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That's an accomplishment, though, not a reference. A reference is someone that can refer you to a potential employer, usually to verify resume items, quality of work, personality, etc.
11:50 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Google AdSense is my best reference.

Your web site is your best employment reference.

Er, unless the subject matter is less than politically correct.

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Only thing Google knows about you is how much money you earn.

And your search queries. And your gchat sessions. And everything you do in Chrome.

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There's really no better reference than having been successfully self-employed for an extended period of time. You can document your earnings, which in turn will testify to your ability to solve problems, make things happen, get the job done, etc.

Maybe instead of seeking a traditional job, you should look around your community and find something that really needs doing, then put yourself in charge of doing it. You could set up a non-profit community organization or start a for-profit business to fill some unmet need. In the process, you'd meet new people and probably get some great ideas for future Web projects.

After 20 years of so of working the corporate media world, I have been basically self-employed for another 25 or so years and my only regret is that it took me so long to hire myself, so to speak.

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I'd just point to the website and be honest about it being your source of income for the past X years.
Maybe before that you worked as a student somewhere ?
Maybe search in visitors (no fans of the site?), partners, people helping you somehow for a name and company.
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Your web site is your best employment reference.

How to evaluate the value of an web site?

There are people (graphicans), thinking my web site has less the 100.-EUR vlaue.

The value received from Google Adsense and other sources determines the real world value of my web site.

Good enough to receive since June 2004 more than 141,000.--EUR

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I agree with some others. Demonstrating an ability to start a small business shows that you have initiative and are self-motivated. These are skills/traits lacking in most entry level employees.

Self employed is 10x better than having worked at a fast food joint.

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ps. If you had invested 15% of that income you would retire a millionaire without adding anymore.