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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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References in job applications

I have submitted my PhD thesis in chemistry in India and am applying for jobs in chemical industries for scientist role. However, my relationship with my PhD supervisor is not good and I don't think ...
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Should I tell my old supervisor that I am re-applying to the company?

I am a recent graduate of aerospace engineering and am considering both applying to masters study or go to work. I have recently submitted an application to a job in a company that I have been an ...
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How to ask my former employer whether he finished my reference letter or not?

I was once an intern at a company, and had good relationship with my supervisor. I recently asked him for a reference letter and he said he would write one for me, with no hesitation. However, ten ...
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I found out my employer has a policy of failing to confirm employment so employees have a harder time leaving. How should I proceed in my job search?

My employer is a state-level (Ohio, United States of America) government contractor with a couple dozen employees. We have extremely rigorous standards that are defined by the state and our ...
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is it professional to have a single template for references

When asking for reference letter is it professional to create a single template and use that by all my references? say i want to emphasize certain strength and skills and want that to be consistent ...
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What percentage of technical jobs don't require references? [closed]

A redditor writes: I’ve hired and been hired. Never have I called references if they were provided and none of mine have ever been contacted. Not sure why people ask for them since hiring is already ...
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How to ask manager who just gave me an appraisal email, for a LinkedIn recommendation

I work part time for a company. My manager is in another city. We recently completed a project and he sent me an appraisal email and a generous bonus that I really wasn't expecting. In fact I'm ...
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I recommend someone for a job and they are now working with me. He seems to have drug problems. Should I do anything?

Where I work my manager was looking to fill an open position quickly. He is in a different state so there is a high degree of independence. He asked if I knew anyone for the job and I looked around. I ...
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How likely is it that my unfortunate incident will be revealed when I request a reference from my former employer?

Background: I have an unpleasant history with my previous employer, especially with the HR which led them to not giving me any relieving letters but a letter of termination an year back. I have ...
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How do I tactfully ask a former supervisor to approve the reference letter I drafted as-is?

I am currently in the middle of my immigration application, and I need employment reference letters from all my previous employers. I worked at a job for 20 months. It's been 5 years since I left. I ...
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Could quitting in a bad timing make my current employer not want to give me reference for BG checks in the future?

I'm in the UK and I'm about to quit the job in which I've worked for the past 3,5 years. During that time, I got promoted to the Team Lead position. Now, I'm about to quit, but the company heavily ...
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Declining to provide request for references

So the long and short of it is that I fell out of the job market due to illness in my previous job. Unfortunately, there was certainly a component of mental illness to it (i.e. stress and health-...
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Give references right away or not?

I'm a software engineer, and am in the interview process for a project that I like. The project is outsourced - we'll be working for Company-A, writing software for company-B. Company-A is waiting to ...
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Former coworker I gave a reference for sabotaged the company on his last day - Should I update the reference contact with this new information?

So here's the sequence of events: I gave a coworker that I had a good working relationship with a good reference for his next job. That next employer of my coworker's actually called back references ...
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Use a reference with a thick accent?

I previously worked a job in the United States for a company whose workforce included a large number of Indian nationals. I worked at this company for a fairly long time, most of the time under the ...
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Can a recruiter be a reference?

I am applying to new jobs and need a reference. I've had 5 previous jobs which all resulted in me getting fired from them. If I were to contact any of them (previous employers) no doubt they'd give ...
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How to manage multiple reference checks with few references

I am looking for a job right now. After sending resumes in the last month or so, I got some answers, phone interviews, video interviews at different firms, amongst which 5 seem seriously interested in ...
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How to leave a job with an abusive manager but still get a good reference? [duplicate]

I work in a field that's heavily dependent on good references (i.e. not tech). In other words, when I apply to a new job, I have to give the name and contact information of a reference, and the ...
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How to inform the colleagues that they didn't cite sources in their internal knowledge sharing? [duplicate]

In an internal knowledge sharing by a team from a different subsidiary, I found that I cannot understand a key point, and in the Q&A session I asked a question about that and the presenter ...
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Back-channel reference checks : what can be done if you find out?

Back-channel reference checks can cost you a job. If you find out / get verbal confirmation that a former colleague did NOT recommend you for a new job, is there anything that can/should be done about ...
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My HR department just called all my references - 60 days after my start date. Should I be concerned?

As the title suggests, one of my references reached out to me today and told me he got a call from my HR department. I think it is strange that they are just now calling my references, since I've been ...
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Is it Advisable to ask my manager for a Reference letter and inform him i'll be looking for a new job

So some incidents today and over the last few weeks have pushed me to the point where I just simply cant work here anymore. And i'm curious if its okay for me to tell. my manager that I'm going to be ...
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Reference Not Responsive

I had contacted a former boss via email a week ago who happily agreed to be my reference for a job I am applying to. However, I just received an email today from my potential employer that he has ...
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Should I ask my previous co-worker or the previous team lead for my reference?

Long story short, after my undergraduate program, I worked at university X for 3 years. After the 3 years of employment, I left my position to pursue a master's degree. 2 years after that, I graduated ...
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Trouble providing management references that recruiter wants

I went to school for tech but have had a lot of trouble getting permanent work in the industry. I know that may sound surprising given what I read on sites like this but where I live the economy isn't ...
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Previous employer is asking to be paid to write a reference?

I have asked a previous employer to write a reference for me. They have come back to me asking that they be paid for it, stating that it is: work I find this highly unusual and completely ...
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Does it look bad to use a non-management reference?

Perhaps just my experience but I feel like in the past it used to be more expected to have a management reference from past jobs. In the last couple places I've worked, management was sort of behind ...
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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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