Sorry if this isn't the right forum but I'm looking for what a lead or manager might look for. This summer I'm interning at a small start up: there's less than five coders currently but they are all very experienced. My dad is one of those coders. Would it be inappropriate or even harmful to me if I put him on my resume as a reference in the future? Does it make a difference if, say, my dad is the author of one of the top 5 most influential CS books? Or would that be cheating?
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Cheating? Not at all. Anything you can do (except perhaps an outright lie) to get the prospective employer's attention is fair game. My dad is also in IT and I used him as a professional reference for years.
Of course, I told him I was going to, and got …
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