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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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Law regarding seeking and storing references in the UK

I have a friend who is currently going through redundancy. He works for a digital agency. In his contract it states that the current employer would not like him to work for another agency for at least ...
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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 ...
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Lost Contact With 2 Former Supervisors

A job is asking for three current/previous supervisors as references. I have only remained in contact with one previous supervisor because they were either temporary jobs or the former supervisor ...
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Alternative to providing individuals references during job application

I am currently jobless and looking for a job. I am sending applications to those job ads I deem fit me. I have been 13 years in the industry now, i.e. since I graduated. I sent my application to a ...
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After a second interview, should I send my references?

Last week 2023-11-01, I had a second interview, and it seemed to be a good conversation; I sent a followup thank you letter and attached my cover letter. They responded pleasantly and they'd be in ...
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References from the place I am leaving

I want to leave my company (tech industry, software development) and find a new job: is it common that other companies in my sector will require a reference from my current employer? if they do, when ...
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Should you have a reference for each job you have on your resume?

The last place I worked at was a really bad fit. I think most of the employees would agree that the company was very disorganized. I was terminated without cause but had already been looking for a new ...
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Reputable vs personal reference vs let the company decide

The company I applied to is asking for references. I have some options, and I am not sure which is best. They are along the line of "PhD student whom I collaborated rather closely on a project&...
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Need a work reference letter from current employer

I need to get a work reference letter on a business letterhead that states my duties and responsibilities for my role in my current job. This reference letter is for immigration purposes and I fear ...
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Seeking Advice on Handling Confidential Reference Letters for Internship Application

I am currently a master's student in the process of applying for an internship, and the program requires that I submit two signed reference letters. Unlike typical graduate school applications, where ...
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How do I combat an industry-wide smear campaign?

TLDR: After a long reputable career, I have seen two workplaces that I have not been comfortable in. Now after leaving one, I believe I have been smear campaigned, can't get in contact with my ...
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What is the value of an old reference?

A little background, I worked at a company for two years out of college. I left this company almost eight years ago now. While the role offered very good experience and was a solid stepping stone for ...
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What if I want to withdraw the referrals, after learning they took offers elsewhere?

I got offer from my company which I will work in post graduation. On the basis of this, several of my peers asked to be referred to my recruiter. I obliged and send an email to the recruiter with 4 ...
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Should I rescind a referral to a Recruiter in the light of subsequent behaviour?

I am in a dilemma and hope I can get some advice from you. I worked with a recruiter and got an Offer. On the basis of this, several of my peers asked to be referred to that recruiter. I obliged and ...
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Is it reasonable to ask for a reference from your internship supervisor who wants you to return?

I am currently interviewing with a company who is asking me to provide references for them to call. I am thinking of asking my supervisor from my most recent internship for a reference because I don't ...
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Revengeful employer as a reference for a new job

I worked for four years in a company where the "BOSS" was a vengeful kid. Please don't ask me why I'm working for a guy like this. Sometimes we need a job. The employer has proven himself as ...
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I was dismissed from my job, should I provide a reference to my new prospective employer?

It's been a couple of weeks that I was dismissed from my previous job. I have an interview this week and I'm not sure whether to tell the new prospective employers that I was dismissed as it may give ...
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Should I tell my prospective employer that I drafted my own reference letter?

In Austria, Germany and Switzerland, your employer is obliged by law to write you (the employee) a reference letter ("Arbeitszeugnis" in German) when you leave. In some cases you can even ...
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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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Can you list a family member as a reference if they're also your boss?

You always see the general "you can't list family members" when it comes to references, but what if you're working at a company where your dad is also your boss? Is it alright to list them in that way,...
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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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A bad reference from my internship manager

I am undergraduate computer science student and looking for a job now. I did a 8-month internship in a company last year. I worked very hard. I built two iOS apps, several python scripts, translating ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should I include the name but not the phone number of a personal reference on my resumé?

When I am applying for jobs, I usually send out my resumé to a lot of companies (about 10 or more). I always have personal references on my resumé. That being said, I don’t want each and every ...
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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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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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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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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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