Questions tagged [references]

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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Was terminated for unclear reasons. How to ask for a reference?

I was recently terminated from my job. It came with no notice or warning. The work was on call and I was consistently getting close to full time. But it was known we were entering the slow time of ...
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Asking for reference in the same phone interview email

I applied for a job and four weeks later I received an email from my potential employer, asking me if I was available for a phone interview and also to provide reference.I replied that I was available ...
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Reference Letters for a Job Application?

I apologize in advance if this is a question with a well-known answer. I am a student trying to get a job at a big and very important company. In the application (meaning, on the online portal), the ...
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Do I need to ask for an employment reference letter after doing a postdoc in a University?

I'm about to finish my postdoc employment and looking for a job in the industry (both in Germany). I know that a typical thing to add to the job applications for the industry is the "employment ...
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Asking for a recommendation from a former coworker, whom I would not feel comfortable to recommend back

Context I have worked in the same software-development team as “Alex” (and another dozen people) for a couple years, and supervised part of their job at some point (due to “technical superiority”, as ...
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How to ask another consultant if I could use him as a reference after my boss acted dishonestly?

A few months ago I worked as a consultant for Company X. I worked on a specific platform (a platform like IBM Bluemix for example, though less popular). I'm not really sure what transpired but things ...
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Who makes a good reference?

When you leave a company in Germany the company is required by law to hand out a letter in which the employment, the duration, and your role are described. The employee can request an extended version ...
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Who would be my reference: my supervisor or my manager?

I'm finishing from my current job, and would like to ask for a reference. Whom shall I ask a reference from: from my supervisor, or from my manager?
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Reference jeopardizing new role?

I have recently been offered a job and I was asked to give a character reference and also a reference from my last employer. My character reference replied immediately but my former manager is taking ...
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Using old boss as reference

I would like to use my old boss has a reference. However I'm not sure if he will give me positive review (I think I did decent/good work at the job but we also had a few conflicts). Should I ask him ...
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A co-worker was let go for misrepresenting his experience. Should I alert his next company?

I originally assumed that a very difficult co-worker was a very inexperienced Junior developer. After talking to the original interviewer, I found out he claimed to have multiple years of experience ...
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When you get terminated should you get something in writing?

I had been working at a store for 2 months. All of a sudden the manager informed me I was not being hired beyond my probationary period and that I wasn't working there anymore. There was never any ...
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Asked for feedback from manager and told to come in an hour early next day

I started a new job a couple months ago. The job wasn't what I expected and I'm looking for a new one. I wanted to ask for a reference so called my manager and asked how he thought I was doing at the ...
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Company banned references, senior engineer subverting ban; should I go along with free “workaround”?

My employer (3000+ employees) is a large software engineering company. The company is actually doing well (as per our latest financial report), but is canceling and/or delaying promotions/bonuses/etc. ...
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Switching roles within the same company but with obligations with the former

I currently work in the higher education space and recently got an adjunct faculty position (through my current position, for a semester). This teaching position runs from August to December. I have ...
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Asking endorsement from a previous interviewer from the same organization for a new position

I was interviewed by an organization a while back but was rejected. They were kind enough to give me feedback stating that though my candidature was promising they got a candidate with more experience....
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Giving References For New Job

I applied for a software developer position and they are asking for references. I finished school not too long ago, and my past experiences are internships, that happened between 1 and 3 years ago. I ...
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Reference not responding to emails, should I find another reference instead? [closed]

I applied for a job that is asking for 3 references. I have two secured already, but the third, despite them having wrote me a recommendation before, is not responding to their emails, despite them ...
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How do you identify references when there aren't any to give?

So, I am just curious - not currently on the market - about references. I have worked a few jobs in the US in the time I have been here and should, in theory, have a lot of references. However, of the ...
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How to obtain reference letters when moving to a competitor company?

I applied for a position in a competitor company. They are now interested in me and wish to conduct an interview. As part of the "standard" process, I'm asked to provide reference letters ...
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What does your boss ask your references you put on your application?

I took a test for a job, and got a 76%.The job is an entry level tutoring position for high school or college students. The test is a process for hiring people for a job. You have to pass the test in ...
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Applying to a position where the recruiter may informally contact my current employer

I'm applying for a new job to switch to industry from academia. My prospective employers have links with my current employer via projects and collaborations. Therefore, I suspect that my prospective ...
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How can I minimize the damage of my PhD advisor's bad recommendation when applying for industry jobs?

This question is about the power of PhD advisors on industry job (non-research) applications. I did not get along well with my former PhD advisor. I was able to defend and graduate; however, I have ...
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Random background reference check and conflict avoidance

I had the following case recently. I applied for a small startup and they did a reference check, but they did not do it based on my provided references but based on a random check via common network. ...
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Should I ask a recruiter if I can contact the former employee who left?

It is common practice for employers to ask for a reference from the candidate to assess how good they are and if they fit an open position. How would you react if a potential recruit would ask you (as ...
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Can I mention tech stack in Employment Reference Letter for “Software engineer”?

Can I mention tech stack in the "Roles and Responsibilities" part of the reference letter ?. "Employment Reference Letter" is required for Visa/PR/New Job. And Letter looks something like this ...
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started 4 years ago, firm never asked for cv or qualifications [closed]

I started working for a firm 4 years ago, my interview was brief over a coffee, I was not asked any questions other than when can I start. There has never been a problem with my work . Now, out of the ...
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Asking for references after signing contract

My husband recently had an interview with a company. They obviously liked what they saw as they sent him an offer and a contract containing a start date. He signed the contract and handed in his ...
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Last employer started ghosting me during my job search

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 ...
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Will it negatively impact my application if I ask referees aren't contacted before interview?

I'm applying for a new role and on the application form there's a box next to each referee saying "Can this referee be approached prior to interview?". Given the fact that if I don't get this role I ...
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Is it professional to ask for reference after being terminated?

As part of the offer process, I am being asked to provide reference check as part of the background screening. I am only allowed to give Managers and not coworkers/peers. I have disclosed that I was ...
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Requesting a reference under a new name

If I request a reference after leaving a company, but during the time I left I obtained a criminal conviction that they were aware of and changed my name by deed poll, can they refuse to write me one? ...
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Is is acceptable to use an internal email as references?

I received an email from a very senior person at my company complementing my work. I live in a country, in which written references are the norm. They are normally attached to the application. I'm ...
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How/where to get endorsed?

I'm successfully finishing a project on a difficult technology that I want to be known for. How/where to get endorsed for this? The only place I can think of is LinkedIn, but I'm not very active ...
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Multiple References For A Job

Do companies ask for multiple references because they want to speak to several people who know the applicant or because they're anticipating not being able to reach some of the references and want ...
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Does referring a poor candidate look bad on me?

(I hope this is safely assumed but just in case, poor does not mean financially; in this context, poor = lacking in some characteristics; below in standards) Two years ago, upon graduating from ...
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When is a good time to present references, letters of reference, and letters of recommendation?

I don't think I've ever been asked for references or letters of reference before, but I do want to provide them in this particular instance, because they may help me get an offer. I've read you ...
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Lied on my resume to get my current job. Now company is being acquired. Does this typically result in background checks?

Two years ago, I wanted a job at a cool tech startup as a new graduate so made up a bunch of internship experience to land it. The lies consisted of pretending to have 1 additional summer internship ...
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LinkedIn recommendations for some former colleagues but not all

At my previous place of work a lot of people had to leave, including me. We stay in touch. Of the people still working there some will probably have to look for new jobs soon. A few of my former ...
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Can I be fired the same day that I hand in my notice?

My situation is a little different to others and needs some explaining. Me and my boss do not have a very good relationship on a personal level. We often argue about the morals and future of the ...
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IT company demands for reference

Reference check is the fourth and last step of the hiring procedure for an IT company who is trying to offer a job to candidate. The HR now demands my ex-managers contact. I personally have no issue ...
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No References in Job Application. How bad is it?

I got my PhD 4 years ago in operations research, and I have been working as a data scientist since. I am looking to switch to careers to software development. However, I am leaving my current company ...
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Contacting 'references' that are not on the reference list

I found out that the CEO/hiring manager finds non-listed 'references' (generally via LinkedIn) for the later-stage candidates, and contacts them without asking permission. These non-listed references ...
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In the process of redundancy - shall I disclose this to potential future employers?

There are cuts in the company I work for and I've been one of those selected for redundancy. In my case it is going to take a few weeks. Both before learning about it and afterwards I applied to ...
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Asking a previous manager for a reference when they want me back

I worked as an SE intern for about a year at a large local company, before leaving to finish my degree. I left the company on excellent terms, and made it clear that reapplying to the company upon ...
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Written Testimonial from same person and different employers

Where I live and work it is customary to give an employee a written testimony upon leaving the company (The literal translation for the document "Arbeitszeugnis" is employer's reference). My current ...
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How do I make the most out of my references page?

I've had several job interviews recently. Typically, the potential employer will ask for a page listing some specified number of individual references. I have no problem adding quality contacts to ...
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References from Current Employer

TLDR What is a plausible way to provide a reference from my current employer by way of a colleague (who is in management) without endangering my current potion, his position and doing so that makes ...
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After being employed for 8 years, being asked for past references

Out of the blue and after 8 years working in the same company my employer is asking for references for two employers from the past. Can they do that?
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Advise: Looking for a job and they request the name of my supervisor?

I finished my PhD but I filed a complaint against my supervisors and one of them is the Head of the Department. I received an official apology letter from the university about my poor experience as a ...

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