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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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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Asking for a recommendation from a colleague to apply for an internship at a company he mentioned to me

Right now, I'm doing an internship at a local company in my province. In October of last year, I decided that I wanted to participate in an internship program in Japan that my school advertises. They ...
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What should I say when a company asks you why someone (a friend) who was fired left?

A friend of mine asked me if I could be a reference for them. Both of us used to work for the same company, in the same department, until they were fired by our shared manager. Reasons were presented ...
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References check time difference

A company asked for references The job is in Canada while references are in Australia if they are going to call the reference during working hours in Canada that means it will be mid-night in ...
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How to explain why I don't have a reference from one of my experiences?

I'm in my final year of university and I have a panel interview coming up soon. They asked for the two references I provided to fill out a document as a part of the process. I interned at a company ...
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Is it OK for a reference to contact the hiring manager first?

I've recently been asked to be a reference for a previous colleague. The hiring manager of the said colleague mentioned that he will be reaching out to my colleague's referees shortly. Its been a 3-4 ...
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Removing long term experience off CV

My first role upon graduating was working in a start up for 4 years as a Software engineer. Unfortunately things really soured with Senior management after the 4th year causing me to resign and move ...
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How to handle references from superiors when superiors don't know that I'm looking for a new role?

I'm in my first job out of college. It's been a few years and I'm now looking for a new role and am interviewing with various companies. My resume says 'references on request', and I have some ...
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Potentially hired, but still no response, unsure how to proceed

I am in a rather odd situation. I applied to a job and recieved an email over 3 weeks ago saying that they are interested in me and they are looking to hire in the next couple weeks for immediate ...
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What do I put under Relationship Length on my references for a job application

Im trying to complete my references on my application and i have everything except for the final box which just says, “relationship length”. There was already a space for relationship, so i’m unsure ...
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How much information do previous employers give to prospective employers?

Reading this question, I came across the staement: I know they are going to confirm degree with previous employer In my experience, in the UK, most previous employers will only confirm that the ...
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Inflated grade on resume at previous job, might former employer tell new employer?

I’m 24 years old and have just landed an offer for my dream job. I sailed through the interview process and the company were extremely impressed with my experience and performance during the process....
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Experience letter or success story

I was working as a solution architect and consultant for a project in one of largest banks in the country through one of the international IT consultancy companies. My project allocation contact ended ...
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First job ended badly, still put it on resume for reference?

At the end of this week my contract of my first (full-time) job comes to an end. This did not end well and I'm not really on good term with my (soon to be ex-)boss. I am worried that when applying for ...
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How can I avoid the job I'm applying for contacting my current supervisor as a reference, and instead contacting my direct manager?

I feel as if my current supervisor will unfortunately be an unfair reference, and will likely sabotage my job applications. This is due to our whole airline team being made redundant. (I was ...
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My potential new manager is asking sensitive information from my references [closed]

I'm applying for a job in Marketing in England. My potential new manager asked my age on the phone interview. I let it go as he is not originally from here. But it got to a point where he is now ...
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Ex-Boss not giving me my experience letter (“Arbeitszeugnis”)

I am an international masters student in Germany. I started working in a company in August last year as a work student, but after 3 weeks of joining the company I went back to my home country as it ...
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Job Application Question: How do I list this specific experience on the application, and how do I provide references when I don't have enough?

I'm filling out a job application in-person after submitting my resume and there's a section for Employment History. I also do volunteer work with the company I'm applying to, which was previously ...
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Waiting for reference checks. How to proceed?

I went through 3 interview steps, and then HR called me and told me that they want to proceed with my application. They asked from me 3 references. I've provided 4. The thing is that it was urgent ...
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Does apologizing make me look weak? (how to get referral)

I started a "startup" with a friend. The reason I did this was mainly because getting a programming job is hard, and the last internship I had programming was somewhat demoralizing; I didn't find the ...
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How to handle a potential employer wanting current supervisor references

So I got an email from a job I interviewed for and they want me to come in for a reference and background check, as well as provide “my current and most recent supervisors information”. The issue is ...
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How do I make amends and go about apologizing to former manager(s) after being dismissed for gross misconduct?

I was fired for gross misconduct , and want to apologize to my former mangers as I didn't see them at all during my last days at the company. Should i ring/message them to ask to meet face to face to ...
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Are references important in the Netherlands?

I am considering moving to the Netherlands and need to find a job. How important is it with references when looking for qualified (IT) positions in the Netherlands? I have good local references but ...

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