Hi all, I am in the process of getting my teaching certification via alternate route in NJ (this process should be completed within the month). The part on my applitrack applications that keep getting me is my reference letter. On one hand, I WANT to ask my boss for a reference letter. I work at a math tutoring company and I think that she would have good things to say about me. And, she may even have a good piece of advice for me or two, since she was once a teacher herself. But, on the other hand, I have no idea if it is a good idea to ask my boss for a reference letter for another job. Any thoughts? Should I tell my boss (where I currently work part time) that I would like to be a full time teacher and would like to have a reference letter from her? I think she may appreciate my being candid and transparent about thinking of leaving soon, but all I've ever heard about this is that it's tacky to ask this from your current boss. Regarding me being a full time teacher, I know it's practically September so I am not looking for a full-time job starting right away. I'd be looking into leave-replacement positions (currently have my eye on two) that start later in the school year, so I wouldn't have a set date for leaving, but it would at least a couple of months from now.