I worked for a few months at a company. My boss shut down his company but we all left on friendly terms and my boss assured me I could always use him as a reference and he even reached out to me during my job search to check up on me.
Fast forward a few months and I sent him an email asking if I could extend the time I spent working for him on my resume to close my growing gap of unemployment. After over a week of no response I sent him a text asking him the same thing. He left my message as read and hasn’t responded to that after another week of waiting. I’m starting to doubt whether I can even use him as a reference at all after this behavior.
Should I continue to try to reach out to him? Can I even use my time working under him as job experience if I can’t use him as a reference?