Just wondering if anyone has any advice. I have been in my first professional job for approx 2 years. I have had a hard year for various reasons and I would like to get a new job. Thing is, I can't get a new job without references, and the referees I have are my bosses :/ I can't ask them to referee me without first quitting (politics - hard to explain but this is definitely the case), and I can't quit until I get a new job. It's a horrible catch 22.
This is a bit of a unique situation, the team is small and I only have my bosses as proper referees. The other team members would not be able to be my referees for a professional job. I have no idea how to apply for jobs without giving references as most applications require 2-3.
How can I get around these rules!?