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The references conundrum

Post by need_a_break on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:47 pm

I have run into it. The references conundrum. I had called a temp agency that I had applied to before, after posting my resume on their site. The woman I spoke to, told me that they were trying to reach me. So, we set up an interview. I had felt good talking to an actual live person. She had sent me a reference sheet for me to fill out that needed 6 recent references. Three from recent supervisors and 3 from peers that know of my work. Now, I am currently unemployed and had a recent job that wasn't in my field. My last job only gives out dates of employment and I only knew my supervisors by their fist name. There lies the problem. I just gave her what I had.

Well, I will see if this will be a hindrance. Neutral

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Re: The references conundrum

Post by invisiblecitizen on Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:04 pm

Let's hope they understand how references have become a problem for a lot of people. And let's hope the references you provided are adequate. Good luck!

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Re: The references conundrum

Post by elvis44102 on Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:11 am

all of the people that i worked for have moved on been let go etc...

i would give you points for spelling "conundrum" myself....

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Re: The references conundrum

Post by Jobless_in_Ma on Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:50 pm

I also have run into this issue. As time goes by and the longer you are out of work its harder to keep current with references.

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Re: The references conundrum

Post by Guest on Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:43 am

Most employers want them, but all employers know the only information that by laws in certain states they will give is dates of employment, salary level, position held and that is it. Many will ask "would you hire this person back", but most will dodge the question altogether, they don't want to be sued.

A few tips:

Friends who have businesses and know you well can be a great reference.
Friends or neighbors who you have helped with a project or babysitting etc is a great reference.
Any volunteer work you do counts as a reference, ask them to help.
I used my landlord as a reference years ago and the HR woman did tell me that she thought that was a great idea, they know that you pay on time (are dependable and prompt), you work ethic is good (the way you keep the place up), how well you get along with others (you and your neighbors have a nice relationship). It's thin, but many times they will ask you for a reference of 6 people who are not related to you or are not living with you.

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Re: The references conundrum

Post by need_a_break on Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:39 pm

Y'all, the lady that I was to interview with seemed alright with me giving her what I had for references. My interview went well but I learned not to get hopes up until the company takes forward action. In this case since it is a temp agency, until they send me on an assignment. If it was another type of company, I would wait for a written offer.

The interviewer seemed genuinely interested in me getting back in my field. Like I said, I will take a wait and see attitude.

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Re: The references conundrum

Post by Guest on Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:45 pm

Good to hear that need a break, I am sure, if they are smart, they will want to place you in your field. If they are a good agency, you may get many offers. Right now, a lot of companies are doing the temp assignment, or contract positions for 3-6-9 months depending on the jobs they have. It's a great way to stay in your field and not make any permanent commitments if you really aren't sure about the company. I know right now we would all jump at anything but this type of assignment work gives you the chance to learn about the company and see if it's a good fit for YOU. Don't forget, you have the right to not like a company or a job, it's just hard to remember that given our very few prospects. Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing and if you get and like the assignments. I am praying and cheering for you.

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Re: The references conundrum

Post by Springflowers on Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:11 am

Use friends as references if you have to.

Better then starving.

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