References is a section in résumé or otherwise organized list of people an applicant has been working with, and who may provide with a feedback on their working with the applicant

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Submit internship application on the web and then also ask for referral?

I am a graduate student and am interested in internships. I submitted a couple of applications two days ago, but found out today via LinkedIn that I have some friends who graduated last year, who ...
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What will my new employer ask my referees if I've already accepted their offer and will start soon?

I will start working at a new company very soon and I am excited because it is my dream job. They have previously made me an offer and I have accepted it, and I have signed the employment contract and ...
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Non-manager reference

I've been happily employed with a company in a technology-related job for several years now. However, as it is for many people, I've been offered another opportunity that I'd like to pursue. My ...
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Best way to leave Workaway (unpaid work travel scheme) job

I'm currently 3 months in to a volunteer / work experience job at a guesthouse in a foreign country, arranged through the Workaway organization. I initially agreed to work for the winter season (6 ...
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How do I maintain references?

I am a college intern, and I have noticed that if I do not have face to face contact with someone communication dies off. This has gotten me thinking about professional references. As I am beginning ...
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I referred a candidate and got difference in our words

I referred a friend to a position in my company. When HR asked me how I know him, I told them that he was my co-worker in a previous company. However, I later learned that during the interview, he ...
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Qualified vs. unqualified references

I'm having trouble finding out the difference between "qualified references" and "unqualified references" in regards to job searching. Someone I know was recently let go due to budget cuts, and the ...
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How to ask for reference from supervisor of my last year's internship?

I'm looking to intern at a different place this year, and the new place wants to contact my past internship to ask about my performance. Should I email my past supervisor and let them know that they ...
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Professional reference: previous employer which I turned down the offer? [closed]

I am currently interviewing for a full-time position in a big company named A. A asked me for "professional references". Since my previous experience was an internship at another big company B, ...
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Suggestions for declining recommending a person for a position

A close friend of mine whom I have known through graduate school is asking me to recommend her for a position for which I feel she is ill-suited for. One of the requirements of the position is strong ...
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What is different about how references work between Germany and UK/Ireland? My ex-manager doesn't want to give me a reference and I don't understand

I live in Ireland and until recently worked as a technical lead for a multinational software company. Then recently the company began a voluntary redundancy program which I applied for and was ...
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Is it ok to ask my direct supervisor if he will give me a reference AND ask him not to notify boss?

My boss and I don't get along. I've decided for my own welfare, it's time to move on. He only employs me grudgingly because of the time and cost of finding a replacement. He will not give a good ...
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Extracurricular Colleague as Professional Reference

I need three Professional References for a form for a Computer Science internship. I haven't had an internship or business related CS work before, but I have done extensive extracurricular work on two ...
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Job offer contingent on references from current position

I recently received a job offer contingent upon professional references being verified. The offer is good I am very interested in taking the job. There is one issue, the HR person is insisting that I ...
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Is it ok to have a reference who recommended me for one job be a reference for another job?

A senior scientist at a research company recommended me for a position in both his research group and another research group. I am also applying at other companies, and these require references. ...
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If I quit an internship can I still put in on my resume?

I'm currently working at an unpaid internship and I'm absolutely miserable. My coworkers are rude and they don't let me help. I feel useless and asking for more work is futile. It's costing me money ...
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Asked to give what would be a negative reference

A previous coworker who has since left my company just emailed me asking me to be a reference as she applies to new jobs. I feel that while I like her, I couldn't recommend her as an employee. So my ...
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New contracts request asks for references, but left last employer on bad terms?

I'm working as a freelancer. My last job was done remotely, halfway around the planet. That has some major communication issues. This combined with with other issues in the workplace led to the ...
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Should I request a letter of reference from my employer or manager when I am leaving?

I work in a large multi-national. For personal family reasons, I have a need to quit work for 3 - 6 months to deal with a personal matter. At the same time as considering this, a voluntary redundancy ...
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Recommendation letters: first + last name for initial mention of person, but for subsequent mentions?

In a recommendation letter, the first time I mention the person the letter is for, I would use the full name (e.g. Mr John Sawyer). However, for subsequent mentions of the person, the last name (Mr ...
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Prospective employer requests references specifically from current/past managers

So I've been fairly passive about job seeking, but recently a recruiter from a company contacted me. Thus far I'm 3 or 4 interviews into the process and I would accept an offer from this company if it ...
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Is it important to have every specific reference asked for on application? [duplicate]

I know there have been question asked about references. However my question is NOT about what to do in the case of having no references. My question is about having references but not the ones ...
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Can a company force you to use a specific person as a reference in the UK? [closed]

I just left a small start up company and before I left I asked one of my coworkers if they'd be willing to provide a reference for me when I'm applying for future jobs. The answer this person gave me ...
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Is a closed letter of recommendation worthwhile?

I will shortly be in the somewhat rare position of applying to software development positions straight out of high school. (This is fixed; please do not attempt to change my mind on this.) As part of ...
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Following up with references after an interview

Before a recent interview, I asked a few former colleagues if they would be willing to be a reference for me. The interviewer hadn't requested me to bring them, but I thought it would be good to be ...
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Negative reference from former employer

I resigned without notice from a job of 10 months recently due to questionable billing practices through Medicare for services not rendered. They were suddenly under investigation by the OIG/FBI and I ...
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Will not having a reference potentially hurt my future career chances, despite not wanting to return to my current field of work?

I am resigning from my job at a small company that I've been at for only about four months. I am quite young and have spent the two years prior to this job dealing with health issues, so this job will ...
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How to proceed when former boss doesn't respond to a reference request?

My best manager left my current (and first ever) employer one year ago. I had very strong professional and friendly relations with him and he promoted me for the first time to a managerial role. After ...
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How should I handle not having a good reference from a previous job?

The last job I did before my current one was a bit of a disaster. There was no support and a great deal of pressure, which actually made me quite ill. I left as soon as possible, which was just over ...
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Customary to ask for references from new grad with no work experience?

Is it customary for entry-level software engineering/tech jobs to ask recent graduate for references, even if they have no work experience? If references are required, I am assuming that academic ...
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Omit Junior from job title on resume - likely outcome?

My job title is currently Junior Software Engineer. When I sent out my CV with the title Software Engineer instead, I received a much better response. If I get offered a role I applied for with ...
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Is there any etiquette for citing references for a new job, considering that they have been used for previous employments as well?

I worked as a software engineer for around 2 years and served my last around 6 months back. Due to my interest in writing, I later took up an offer as a Writer in a small-sized firm. However, within 2 ...
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Should references in a resume be upfront, or upon request?

I've read several posts here about advising NOT to put references in resume, but when I see "Furnished Upon Request" or "Available upon request", it gives my sixth sense a queasy feeling. If I was on ...
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How do I give reference for a potential workplace if my reason for leaving my previous workplace was due to management? [duplicate]

Perhaps it might be better if I start out with some background first and that might give everyone a bit of an idea on where I'm coming from. I will be omitting all names here just in case. I work for ...
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Interviews and old companies that no longer exist

I am thinking of looking for a job again, or at least seeing whats out there. My problem is that I have had an usually long string of jobs where the companies no longer exist. Either they were ...
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Catch-22 on references: Prospective employer contacts my manager who does not know I am looking [duplicate]

I find myself in a catch-22 type situation. Here is the scenario: I am currently employed normally, at company A. Boss at company A does not know that I am looking. I had a phone interview with ...
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Types of references to use when you are job hunting while still working

So I am currently applying for new companies while still actively working at my current one. I have been with my current company for 4 years or so. My question is if I am asked for references, is it ...
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What can I do about a malicious previous employer giving bad references?

I worked for a small business for several years. Over time it became quite obvious that my manager (who was also the business owner) was unprofessional in his conduct towards employees, specifically ...
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References after long employment gap?

If one leaves the workforce for some period of time, upon re-entering the workforce, one is sure to get asked for references for that first job back in. Is it better to provide older references from ...
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Is it bad form to turn down a job offer after asking colleagues to give references?

I am happy at my current job, but I am considering moving to a new job (at a more risky startup). The interviews have all gone well, but I'm not sure about long hours and low pay. I have, however, ...
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Is it good idea to refer an ex-roomate with whom I have personal conflict?

Two years ago, while I was working with my previous company, I happened to stay with a person in a shared apartment. Whilst staying with him, there were a lot of personal conflicts. He was not ...
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What should I do when I know my references are on leave?

What should I do when one (or more) of my planned references are on leave (or otherwise unavailable for some period of time)? I think there are 3 (or possibly more) aspects to this question: They ...
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Recruiter asking for 5 years worth of references for contract position in the UK

I have been contracting for several years and I have signed a new contract which started last week and should run for 2 months, possibly more if I am lucky. The recruiter I am working with are ...
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On my resume, how should I refer to an ex-employer that no longer exists?

I previously worked for two employers that no longer exist for different reasons, and I don't know how to refer them in my resume. Company A was running successfully and my ex-boss sold it. While ...
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What contact information should be given for references?

What information should be given for references? I usually include name, phone number, e-mail address, how I know them/where I worked with them and if it was someone I worked with their position. I ...
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Should references have strong technical background?

I'm a fresh graduate and applying for positions which require a strong technical background. Most of the companies ask for references, but I don't have good references who also have strong technical ...
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Is it positive that a reference was checked after an interview?

A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed for a job and I was told I didn't get it. But this week I got an email from one of my references saying that he was requested to send his feedback about me. Is ...
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How to get out of tricky employment situation?

I am presently employed and looking for another job because a) I don't make enough money and b) the environment is so stressful it is toxic. The problem is that if I put my job down as my present ...
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Who is appropriate to use for a reference?

When applying for jobs that ask for references, who is appropriate to use for a reference? I know that common practice is to use people you have worked with, but are non-work references acceptable as ...
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How do I politely decline providing a reference/recommendation?

I worked in a large team for several years and over time managed several people. Some have since written and requested recommendations for their LinkedIn profiles. I promptly wrote recommendations ...