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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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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How should I deal with references 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 strong technical background. Most of the companies ask for references, but I don't have good references with technical knowledge. I lost ...
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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 ...
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What to do if I have limited work references?

I'm re-doing my resume after years of using it to apply to retail jobs. It worked very well for those jobs, and I'm proud of it, but I don't think it's suitable now that I'm in university (3rd-yr), ...
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Past employer actively sabotaging my colleague's job search efforts?

I am listed as a reference for a former colleague (let's call him Bob). When working together at a past job (small company that had some financial troubles), Bob was unexpectedly let go for reasons ...
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Are letters of recommendation in the US private sector useful?

A fellow who has been an excellent account rep with a vendor we used has been subject to a downsizing by his company. He has been out of work now since November. I've told him he can use me as a ...
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Do I need to provide references of past employments when I am already working at a employer for several years? [closed]

I have worked at my current place of employment for nearly six years now. My employer has only just decided to ask me for references. And I figured its a bit late for that but, I'm unsure if I have to ...
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A bad reference from my internship manager

I am undergraduate computer science student and looking for a job now. I did a 8-month internship in a company last year. I worked very hard. I built two iOS apps, several python scripts, translating ...
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How do you stay in touch with people you use as references?

I've worked with some people who said it's ok to use them as a reference, but I haven't spoken to them in 4 years. Is this normal? And if yes, is a brief e-mail next time you want to use them as a ...
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Are employer's reference letters still commonly asked for in R&D (Central Europe)?

I am wondering how important it is to have an employer's reference letter made by your supervisor if he already agreed to serve as a reference person (for your resume/CV)? The circumstances are that ...
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Just signed my contract for my first christmas job [duplicate]

Today I went in to sign my contract and all related documents for my first job (I'm 16 in the UK). There was a section that had spaces for two references from previous employers however as this is ...
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Asked for 3 references but I don't have 3!

I have a job offer based conditionally on a standard "background check", which includes references. The problem is that they are asking for 3 references in total, and note "managers/supervisors ...
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How do I get references from my current (first) job?

This is my first job since graduating, I've been in the role for 10 months. The job isn't quite what I'm looking for for my career development. I'm looking to move into a software company with more ...
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Reference check

I was restaurant manager 2 years back outside US. Now I found new job and they are asking 3 years worth of reference contact details. It's hard for me to get contact details. What should I tell them?
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Getting a reference from a hostile work environment

The most recent job I worked at things didn't go so well. I always tried my best but for a number of reasons my productivity and relationship with other coworkers were strained. I believe it was a ...
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How do I put a positive spin on an unsuccessful startup experience?

My previous project was developing an SaaS. I started a start up company. I developed everything from design, planning, launching, and maintaining the SaaS on my own, which is great on my resume and ...
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Ask for reference years after employment?

I've only been thinking about building and maintaining my professional network recently, mostly thanks to LinkedIn.com. I have several jobs behind me, and I've always left on good terms. While I ...
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How long can I keep references on my CV, and is there a min/max amount that should be put on?

I'm a Masters student and looking for an internship. During my bachelor studies I performed two internships, both of which I can use my supervisors as reference. However, the first internship is now ...
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Asking for a personal reference

I intend to ask someone higher up the corporate chain for a personal reference. They have previously spoken very highly of me but I am not directly affiliated with them or their department. I am ...
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Sending references and transcripts along with resume and cover letter?

I have master degrees in applied math and statistics, and am looking for jobs in statistics and biostatistics. I am reading this site, which says: In either your cover letter or C.V., list the ...
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Is it appropriate to approach references based on interviewer comments?

My partner had an interview for a teaching job which she did not get. The interviewer said, "check your references as one doesn't show you in good light". She is relatively certain the reference is ...
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Getting Recommendation from Manager after resignation

I am about a finish one year with my employer and my work permit is close to expiring.At this juncture, I have been assigned a driver level developement job which I cant do in a short time because of ...
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Do I have to put “References available upon Request” on my Resume?

From what I understand, it's uncommon to put full contact information of references on your resume. In place of that do I need to put "References available upon request"? Alternatively, is it safe ...
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What to do when a professional reference from co-worker at previous company is no longer working there?

My university has a co-op program, where students have two quarters in class, and two quarters working full-time in their industry for the middle three years of their five-year programs. At my second ...
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How should I provide references for someone who is adept technically, but not socially?

A few years ago I was a project leader. Someone who worked on that project often uses me as a reference, even though neither of us are on that project or with that employer any more. This person was ...
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How do I negotiate a higher salary without being offered yet?

Acme Inc.'s HR called me and said they are interested in me and that the salary is $XYZ. I asked if it was negotiable, and she said it was dependent on their hiring manager, and she made it sound ...
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Should I include the name but not the phone number of a personal reference on my resumé?

When I am applying for jobs, I usually send out my resumé to a lot of companies (about 10 or more). I always have personal references on my resumé. That being said, I don’t want each and every ...
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How can I protect myself when accepting a position that will force me to move abroad

6 weeks ago, I accepted a job offer for a senior position based overseas and signed and returned the offer letter. The onboard date was determined to be 2 weeks from now. Everything seems good. I am ...
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Dealing with informal experience on resume

I have a very broad IT skillset and I would say that I am very good at what I do. When it comes to a technology that I have not used I just learn it by messing with it, Googling it, or by consulting ...
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How much information do you expect someone to provide you if they ask you to be a reference?

I've had a few people ask me to act as a reference for them. I'm usually open to this, but I always follow up with a couple of questions. What specific positions are you applying to? What specific ...
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Who do you list as your supervisor from a previous job, and do the usual “rules of references” still apply?

I had previously asked about listing references with which you've lost contact. Now I'm in a slightly different situation. I've run across a couple online forms which require that I enter my ...
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How can I turn down a request for personal references?

I'm in the process of interviewing for a new job. I was given an offer based on my interview and the recommendation of a former co-worker who now works for this company. As part of the process, ...