Don’t Contact My Boss for a Job Reference – Ask #HR Bartender

The opinion of a former employer can carry a lot of weight when you are interviewing for a new job. When asking a former supervisor to serve as a reference, be sure she is up to speed on your skills and abilities so she won’t be caught off guard when contacted, recommends career coach Randall Hansen at blog “The Career Doctor.” It’s also crucial that she feels comfortable saying positive things about you. To secure a good reference from a former employer, make your request before you provide her name and contact information to the new company.

Reflect on these key points:

  • 1If you left your last employment under a cloud, because you were at loggerheads with your boss this could haunt you.
  • 2You could try using references that skirt the issue, citing those that you worked well with.
  • 3When new potential boss insists on intake from your old boss, it’s best to admit all was not rosy, while citing your professionalism vis-à-vis the company.

“There are several situations here that the reader has no control over. For instance, if the reader left the company on the best of terms and the boss was willing to give a glowing reference, sometimes they aren’t able to.”

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