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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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What does a job reference check/back ground check actually entail?

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?

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 3 years. I have worked on 5 projects and have a new one currently. Problem: 2 of my past projects are finished on paper (one of ...
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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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I lied on my job application about dates worked, how should I go about fixing it? [duplicate]

I made the mistake of extending my job history by five months to hide the fact I was fired without cause on my application and resume. It's for a government job and I have received an in person ...
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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 ...
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How do you handle continual requirements for targeted reference letters from a small pool of people?

I'm trying leave my current field and get an English teaching position in Japan. One thing that seems to be very common with organizations that hire for this sort of thing is a requirement to provide ...
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Hostile work environment at previous job… Should i list as reference? [duplicate]

I worked at an entry level job for 14 months. I was treated like trash by the managers every single day because I didn't fit into their "culture", avoided and ignored by the main store manager (my ...
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references asked rather specific questions, like describe my weaknesses

I am applying for a new job (same one in my other questions) and the HR rep informed me that none of my references had replied yet and to see if I could get them to hurry up (it had been 4 days). I ...
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Is a written warning going to ruin my chance at a reference?

There was an incident where I was accused of being rude to a customer. This is the first incident I've ever had and I thought it'd been resolved but it's freaking me out. I know for a fact that I ...
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How to ensure reference given by manager was true to my professional skills- without confronting manager

Recently I had an interview with the state department. It seems it was a tailor made job profile for me, from view of my skills and having worked in similar position. Also I was very thorough in ...
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Have not kept in touch with former boss. Can I reach out to ask for reference?

I left my job one year ago to care for disabled loved one. Due to life changes, I may be headed back to the work place in another year or so. I have not spoken to my previous boss or other supervisor ...
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Concern for reference fatigue

My work references have been contacted for at least 3-4 different jobs in the past 2 years, two of which I was hired for, but I no longer work at either thanks to a 1.5 hour commute that drained me ...
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Confused about purpose of contact information in “employment history” section of application

Background: Recently laid off from current job; fortunately have plenty of great references from my current place, but am on the job hunt now. I've come across a couple applications that have a ...
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In the Netherlands, are reference letters commonly required?

I want to apply for the R&D position in large high-tech company in Netherlands. I currently work in academia and I have never worked in a private company. When applying for the job in the ...
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Asked about contacting previous employer, but manager is co-located with current employer

My current job is with Company A. Before that, I was with Company B, an on-site contractor for Company A. So after I'd worked there for a while as a B-employee, Company A hired me directly. Now I'm ...
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Recruiter wants to call me as a reference for a former colleague but didn't tell me who

I have been mailed by a recruiter who told me that a former colleague of mine gave him my contact details to serve as a reference. He asked to set up a phone call but never actually told me who the ...
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Keeping certain skills a secret to avoid pigeon-holing

I don't believe this thread is a duplicate, as my main question is whether I should ask a possible reference to not say anything (the CV query is only secondary) I am a graphic designer who also has ...
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How to refer my friend for a vacancy in my office? [duplicate]

My company at present is looking new IT recruiters. My close friend's girlfriend has just completed her Graduation and looking for a job. I really want to help her out and for that, I need to forward ...
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Should I resign before applying to my next job so I have the reference? [duplicate]

I am about to begin applying for a new job. My only employment in the software industry is the several years I've spent with my current employer. I hear often on here that you should have the next job ...
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How to decline to provide references for a job offer?

I've been contacted by a recruiter with a job offer. Besides my CV they asked me for 2 references. I'm fairly junior in my field (web development), I started work 1 and a half years ago at the very ...
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Is it OK to list a previous subordinate\employee as a reference?

When filling out my reference list on a job application, would it be acceptable to list a previous subordinate as a professional reference (when applying to another company)? I managed this person ...
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Company wants references AFTER I signed job offer? [closed]

I received a formal offer from a company and signed the offer letter and background check information. They also asked for references and I'm afraid I might lose the offer as I have no references. Don'...