Question on references: Interviewed for a very niche cyber position and recruiter made verbal offer & is suggesting listing references of peers and managers. I plan to list peers from former non-cyber teams but they wont be able to speak to my cyber experience. However, if I list peers from my current team who can speak about my capabilities, then I will have to inform them and jeopardize my future with current firm in case I don't accept the recruiter's offer. So what do you do?

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References are usually to validate your credibility and reputation, not technical skills.

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Tell the recruiter exactly what you enumerated above - that you can list out peers that can speak of your general experience but not specifically for cyber till you and the firm can agree upon an offer. Once you do, you will be happy sharing peer info that can specifically speak for your cyber experience (assuming you will share with the said peers that you're going to be leaving soon)

FWIW, I think people are too nervous about their current employer knowing they could jump. For context, I’ve left my LinkedIn to “open to opportunities” even after coming to Deloitte. It’s not a secret that I’m always open to better opportunities—within or outside of my firm. If my current firm knows I’m unhappy or have a better offer, then they can fix it or give me a better offer. TL;DR—I wouldn’t hesitate to give the names of my current colleagues as references.

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