How To Deal With Bad References That Cannot Be Avoided

The best way to protect yourself from a bad reference

What can you do if you know a reference check is going to kill you? Here is what happened to a candidate I placed.

He told me, “I only have 3 references from my previous job. That’s all the guys who worked there. My […]

9 Job References Most People Overlook

Be believable with great references

Why do you have to have real job references? To be believable.

When you say it, it’s suspect selling. When your old boss says it, it’s absolute proof.

When your friend puts your resume on the desk of her boss and says, “Jill is the best salesperson […]

How To Tell Which Reference Is Knifing You In The Back

Trust enthusiasm. Fear okay.

If something always goes wrong in your job interviews after the point where references are checked, you probably want to rethink your references.

Some of your references may be knifing you in the back. They are your phantom friends. You thought they would give good references. They were always friendly. Still, […]

How To Deal With Bad References

“I only have 3 references from my previous job. That’s all the guys who worked there. My 2 coworkers will tell you how well I worked. The owner will only bad mouth me. He’s mad that I am leaving after 3 years.”

I called, and the owner was a terrible reference. Since I checked […]

A harsh letter to an old friend and employee

I just wrote the following letter to an old friend and employee. This is a guy who worked faithfully for me when I founded my business 17 years ago. He sent me an email attempting to show me that it wasn’t his fault he couldn’t get a job. It was the fault of a former […]