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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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What can I do about a malicious previous employer giving bad references?

I worked for a small business for several years. Over time it became quite obvious that my manager (who was also the business owner) was unprofessional in his conduct towards employees, specifically ...
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Is having no references necessarily a bad thing?

I understand what the purpose of references is, but the problem I'm having is that I just don't have any reference. I don't really interact with people outside of a work context. I've only ever had ...
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Do I have to put "References available upon Request" on my Resume?

From what I understand, it's uncommon to put full contact information of references on your resume. In place of that do I need to put "References available upon request"? Alternatively, is it safe ...
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How do you give a reference when a previous boss was a bully?

I have been in IT and Project Management for a long time, but when I have to give references for background checks (federal and commercial) they want previous managers. I have two instances where I ...
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How do I get references when still in my first job?

This is my first job since graduating, I've been in the role for 10 months. The job isn't quite what I'm looking for for my career development. I'm looking to move into a software company with more ...
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Application says "prospective employer reserves right to contact current employer": is this typical?

I am in the late stages of the interview process, and was asked by the prospective employer to fill out an application. Above the employment history section was this notice: WORK EXPERIENCE-Please ...
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Suggestions for declining recommending a person for a position

A close friend of mine whom I have known through graduate school is asking me to recommend her for a position for which I feel she is ill-suited for. One of the requirements of the position is strong ...
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Asked for 3 references but I don't have 3!

I have a job offer based conditionally on a standard "background check", which includes references. The problem is that they are asking for 3 references in total, and note "managers/supervisors only"....
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Omit Junior from job title on resume - likely outcome?

My job title is currently Junior Software Engineer. When I sent out my CV with the title Software Engineer instead, I received a much better response. If I get offered a role I applied for with ...
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Getting fired for cause?

I have recently been in a fight with the management team of my company. After that incident, the company accussed me of stealing proprietary information, and made me take a few paid days off while ...
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What is the purpose of references?

In every place that I have ever worked for I had to provide references. Most of the time I have provided people with them if I have worked with and have good relationships with. Now as far as I can ...
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Catch-22 on references: Prospective employer contacts my manager who does not know I am looking [duplicate]

I find myself in a catch-22 type situation. Here is the scenario: I am currently employed normally, at company A. Boss at company A does not know that I am looking. I had a phone interview with ...
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Getting a reference from a hostile work environment

The most recent job I worked at things didn't go so well. I always tried my best but for a number of reasons my productivity and relationship with other coworkers were strained. I believe it was a ...
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Prospective employer requests references specifically from current/past managers

So I've been fairly passive about job seeking, but recently a recruiter from a company contacted me. Thus far I'm 3 or 4 interviews into the process and I would accept an offer from this company if it ...
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Should I include a job I worked at for 4.5 months on my resume?

I left the job as I had some work permit issues and had a period where my new work permit was delayed and I was unable to return to work for a few months. The relationship between my employer and I ...
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If you've lost contact with a person, should you stop listing them as a reference?

At a previous job I knew this person very well, she was actually my manager for over a year. Unfortunately when I left I didn't really keep in contact with her and I haven't talked to her for around ...
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Asking client for a letter of recommendation

I'm a software developer working at a company with several clients. Part of my job is to stay in touch with clients and make sure the software I'm developing for them fulfills their needs. ...
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What is different about how references work between Germany and UK/Ireland? My ex-manager doesn't want to give me a reference and I don't understand

I live in Ireland and until recently worked as a technical lead for a multinational software company. Then recently the company began a voluntary redundancy program which I applied for and was ...
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Damaging reference from current employer

I work in UK for a software company. I applied for a job at two other companies, 1 and 2. I accepted the offer from company 1 (after 2 months and 3 interviews) and returned the signed contract, ...
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Should references in a resume be upfront, or upon request?

I've read several posts here about advising NOT to put references in resume, but when I see "Furnished Upon Request" or "Available upon request", it gives my sixth sense a queasy feeling. If I was on ...
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What to do when a professional reference from co-worker at previous company is no longer working there?

My university has a co-op program, where students have two quarters in class, and two quarters working full-time in their industry for the middle three years of their five-year programs. At my second ...
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What to do if I have limited work references?

I'm re-doing my resume after years of using it to apply to retail jobs. It worked very well for those jobs, and I'm proud of it, but I don't think it's suitable now that I'm in university (3rd-yr), ...
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Negative reference from former employer

I resigned without notice from a job of 10 months recently due to questionable billing practices through Medicare for services not rendered. They were suddenly under investigation by the OIG/FBI and I ...
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Dealing with a negative reference from a old hostile employer

Long story short, I worked in a small start up company as a developer for 5 years, and by the end of it things went sour. The problem laid mainly with management and the way they were structuring ...
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Getting Recommendation from Manager after resignation

I am about a finish one year with my employer and my work permit is close to expiring.At this juncture, I have been assigned a driver level developement job which I cant do in a short time because of ...
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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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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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How do I politely decline providing a reference/recommendation?

I worked in a large team for several years and over time managed several people. Some have since written and requested recommendations for their LinkedIn profiles. I promptly wrote recommendations ...
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Interviewers doubt my freelance work due to no proof as my friend / coworker passed away recently

I worked from November 2011 as a free lancer with a friend but he recently passed away in December 2012. Now when I interview for a job I have a gap in my resume that I have no proof for as my friend ...
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On my resume, how should I refer to an ex-employer that no longer exists?

I previously worked for two employers that no longer exist for different reasons, and I don't know how to refer them in my resume. Company A was running successfully and my ex-boss sold it. While the ...
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Reference from previous Job

Generally potential employees are asked to give references from their previous job. If the last job didn't end on a good note, is it acceptable to say no to providing references? If not, what is the ...
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I used someone as a reference without asking their permission. How to notify them they might be contacted?

The employer I interviewed with had me fill out a references sheet during the on-site interview and I didn't have time to get permission beforehand from references. They asked for both personal ...
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Ask for reference years after employment?

I've only been thinking about building and maintaining my professional network recently, mostly thanks to LinkedIn.com. I have several jobs behind me, and I've always left on good terms. While I ...
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How much information do you expect someone to provide you if they ask you to be a reference?

I've had a few people ask me to act as a reference for them. I'm usually open to this, but I always follow up with a couple of questions. What specific positions are you applying to? What specific ...
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Do testimonials in a CV work?

I have playing with the idea to add testimonials on my CV. The testimonials are mainly a few praises I received in my email from random people about open-source projects I have built that made their ...
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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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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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Are letters of recommendation in the US private sector useful?

A fellow who has been an excellent account rep with a vendor we used has been subject to a downsizing by his company. He has been out of work now since November. I've told him he can use me as a ...
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Sending references and transcripts along with resume and cover letter?

I have master degrees in applied math and statistics, and am looking for jobs in statistics and biostatistics. I am reading this site, which says: In either your cover letter or C.V., list the ...
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Can my former manager ask about the details of the job when she's called as a reference?

I have quit my job as I wanted to go back to studying but my circumstances changed and so I've started looking for a full time job. I will have an interview soon so I wanted to give my former manager ...
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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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Are employer's reference letters still commonly asked for in R&D (Central Europe)?

I am wondering how important it is to have an employer's reference letter made by your supervisor if he already agreed to serve as a reference person (for your resume/CV)? The circumstances are that ...
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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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Who is appropriate to use for a reference?

When applying for jobs that ask for references, who is appropriate to use for a reference? I know that common practice is to use people you have worked with, but are non-work references acceptable as ...
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How to ask a recruiter not to take reference at my current employer?

I'm contacted by a recruiter and she asks for references. I don't want her to take reference at my current employer, as I don't want to undermine my further job opportunities there. They need explicit ...
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Reference doesn't respond to HR after agreeing to be a reference

A former manager I requested for a reference check (and who agreed to be called by HR to answer their questions) is not responding to my emails anymore nor to theirs. Should I move on or tell HR to ...
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Obtaining references when contacts may be unwilling or unavailable

Although I can remember the contact information of my ex-bosses, ... I wasn't ever allowed to give them to any third parties, They probably never wanted to be my free, lifelong career helpers. I can'...
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Asking for a personal reference

I intend to ask someone higher up the corporate chain for a personal reference. They have previously spoken very highly of me but I am not directly affiliated with them or their department. I am ...
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Who are the most suitable people to be chosen as job references in résumé?

I am in the process of searching a new job. If I would be asked about references who I know, whose name should I include in the résumé/job application form etc. Please help me choose the best ...
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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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