A bad work reference for a temp application...
January 12, 2011 8:36 PM Subscribe
What to do about references for temp applications
posted by anonymous to work & money (7 answers total)
I freelanced at a company for over a year. I'd been filling out my invoices the same way the entire time I was there, but it turned out I was doing it incorrectly, and last week I got fired.
So now I'm looking for more freelance work, and part of that involves applying to temp agencies. I've set up an interview at one of them, and they asked me to bring previous work references to the interview, specifically for my most recent employer.
I put my freelance job on my resume because the temp agency staffs similar kinds of jobs--so the temp agency knows the most recent job is the freelance job. I also know for a fact that my old freelance employer would tell any reference-seeker what happened, not just confirm dates worked, etc.
The temp agency asks for 2-3 references total, and I could provide good ones to fulfill that. So, what to do?
Tell the temp agency in the interview what happened, that I made a mistake, and that I've learned from it? (Which is true).
Just put the name of my old freelance company and hope for the best?
Or is there an avenue I'm missing?