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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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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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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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Ask our software representative to be a reference while applying at his company

In short I’ve been working at my current company for just shy of 5 years and due to any substantial career advancement I’ve decided it’s time to start the job hunt so I can move forward in my career. ...
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What does a job reference check/back ground check actually entail? [closed]

I was fired from my last job for gross misconduct due to a breach of confidentiality. When i apply for jobs in the future, what exactly happens when my new employer does a reference check on my past ...
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Fired for gross misconduct because I sent confidential information to personal mailbox - how do I get another job? [duplicate]

I was dismissed for a breach of confidentiality. I was working on some client confidential information on my client issued laptop and I emailed this info to my personal mailbox as I wanted to ...
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When do I withdraw from a search?

I was offered a job with Company A, and verbally accepted. We're in the process of sending off the official offer letter and a background check, but things seem to be moving along quickly/confidently. ...
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Would it give a bad impression if I left my job because my past projects “keep following me”?

Some context I'm currently working in a large IT company for over three years. I have worked on five projects and have a new one currently. Problem Two of my past projects are finished on paper (...
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References before interview

I have been invited to an interview and they say they are contacting my previous and current employer already. It's slightly strange to want this before. It did say on the application form "please ...
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Interviewer asking for references that I can't provide

A potential employer is asking for my most recent work references, unfortunately the companies (3) I most recently worked for have policies that refuse references in the format this new employer is ...
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Government hiring process requires a reference from current employer. What should I do?

I successfully passed the the two first steps of the hiring process: a test and an interview. For the final step of the hiring process they are requiring me to provide my current superior's contact ...
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Why would employers prohibit employees from being referees to each other? [closed]

I just realized my employee agreement (which I signed several years ago) has a clause that prohibits me from being a referee for another employee at the firm. The clause does not distinguish between ...
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Fired in Probation Period, Boss offers to make it look good in reference letter [closed]

I was fired at the end of my probation period, because I called in sick too many times. My boss said he wants to make it look like I was only temporary there for a project, so that it doesn't look ...
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Can I use my internship management as a reference if they are pressuring me for future employment?

I am currently employed as an intern at a company I worked for over the summer who encouraged me to stay on board. They extended my internship as a result and have continually asked me if I am ...
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What to tell when an employer asks about my co-worker's weaknesses?

So me and my coworker are programmers. My coworker is applying to different jobs. He asked me if I can be a reference and I said yes. In mine opinion, my coworker is one of the best programmers I ever ...
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Professional references I introduced to the HR manager don't respond?

I am at the end of my PhD and searching for my next professional opportunity. I recently had a job interview for a research engineer position. I had two different interviews: with the scientific/...
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Should I include a job reference from my current employer who has given leave of absence in order to find a new job?

My current employer is going to end my employment soon due to a mistake-you-only-make-once that I made. I'm currently given leave of absence in order to find a new job. I already received a job ...
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Can I be a reference for my girlfriend?

As stated I know the answer to the title is a hard no, but hear me out. I started a side business setting up video game clubs for libraries and schools in my area while I was in college. Eventually ...
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What does security screening involve? Will I lose my offer/ job? [duplicate]

Received a job offer for a graduate position and it was stated on the offer letter that the offer will be conditional upon a satisfactory "security screening". It also mentioned that any false ...
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How is somebody without work references supposed to get a job? [closed]

I am a double major in finance and statistics from UT austin and nobody is even interested in interviewing me for an entry level position in accounting/analysis because I have no work references. My ...
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Need references from 2 different managers but only have 1

I received an offer letter from a startup company contingent of passing a reference check. The company's HR requests 3 references, each being from a different company. 2 of those references need to be ...
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Reference request right before offer stage

I got interviewed by a company which develops network products. They were looking for a embedded software engineer for their expanding team. I passed phone screening, and I got called for on-site ...
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Does a competency process appear on an HR reference?

I have been looking for jobs for a while because I am struggling with aspects of my current one and have given up trying to resolve them with my line manager. I have been informed that my current ...
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Conditional job offer but references not checked yet

I hope to get some insight for my dilemma. So I was interviewed with a national level firm in Canada. The whole interview process was smooth and fast. HR lady always informed me the time line and ...
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When seeking a reference, is it better to ask a workmate you work closely with, or the most senior person in your team?

I'm about to finish an internship and am starting a search for a new job. I am on a small team, and I am trying to choose from among two people to ask for a reference: my workmate, or the team lead. ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask a previous employer what they'd pay if I returned to them?

I left a previous employer to pursue a contract that was more in line with my passions. When I left, they told me I could come back at any time. Now, the contract has run out and I'm looking for a ...
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Including referrals phone number to my cv? [duplicate]

I have sent out my resume to different companies, and on the reference part I did not include my reference's phone number to avoid fraudsters. Instead I put in place "available on request". Is this ...
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Is it reasonable to ask a potential employer for samples of their code and/or employee contact information, to determine if I want to work there?

I'm currently looking for a new job as a developer. There are two things that companies usually require that bother me a lot: long programming assignments and reference checks. There are plenty of ...
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How do newer-style companies handle job references? [closed]

Recently I've applied for a new position as a network systems administrator, and I've also already had a short phone interview with a recruiter from this company I applied to. At no point during this ...
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Company on resume but can not get reference from said company

Recently I recieved a verbal job offer and now the new employer is checking off references. There is one job on my resume I worked several years ago at a small company from which I can not get a ...
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Asking for reference for short contract job?

I got a two week contract for a reputable company. Unfortunately they didn't need us for as long as the thought so the reduced all the contractors to one week. One week is so short I probably wouldn't ...
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is it OK to upload your employer's reference letter to the internet and put it public?

I just left my job at one of the Big 4 and I like the reference letter that they wrote about me when leaving. I maintain an online portfolio / CV / blog. Is it acceptable to put such reference ...
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Reference says he no longer gives references [closed]

I hadn't talked to guy in a while so I touched base with him to make sure I could still use him as a reference. He said he has been coached to not give references because it opens him up for lawsuits ...
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Can I add a reference letter when I apply job?

I am currently studying at University and I done a summer internship and I got a great reference letter. I want to apply a graduate job and it is so related my past internship. So I have a question ...
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Hand in job reference from previous employer to current employer [closed]

Background I recently switched jobs and started working for another company (Let's call the previous company "company A" and the current company I work at "company B"). Both companies are located in ...
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Decline promotion because planning to change jobs?

Background: I'm a software engineer in my mid-20s working at a small (~20 people) software/hardware company in southern Germany. I have ~5 years of experience, all at this company. In brief, there ...