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Please advise me on how to fill out an application for work.

I need help knowing how to fill out a job application with my imperfect work history. [more inside]
posted by glonous keming on May 15, 2016 - 4 answers

Can I use a short-term client as a reference?

I have a job interview. I recently did some freelance editing which is pertinent to the job I am interviewing for. It is my only freelance gig thus far. The freelance gig only lasted a month, but ended on good terms with an indication I'd be contacted when more work is needed. The work for this client will never be more than very part time, so a full-time job should not be seen as competition for my time (though he could always see it that way anyway). Can/should I use this client as a reference? How do I approach this client if I can use him as a reference? [more inside]
posted by tllaya on Apr 30, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I explain why my advisor isn't a reference?

My supervisor/thesis advisor has dropped off the face of the earth as I'm applying for jobs, so I can't count on him as a reference. How bad does this look, should I explain it in writing somewhere, and how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Awkward reference quandry... how to proceed?

It it unwise to bank on a prospective employer not calling my references unless I am interviewed? I'm applying for a job that is admittedly a long shot, and I’d rather not call and ask people to be my references unless I am actually in the running (for various snowflake reasons detailed at length within). Is it a horrendous faux pas to list references without asking their permission, if I'm fairly certain I won’t get called for an interview? On the other hand, is it a horrendous faux pas not to send references with my resume and cover letter, when the job posting specifically asks for them? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Jun 25, 2012 - 15 answers

My references have been checked, will get a job offer?

My references have been checked after attending a second round job interview. Do you think there is an offer on the way if my references check out? Would they bother otherwise? [more inside]
posted by ariyadhana on Feb 7, 2012 - 14 answers

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How do I apply for my own job -- especially if my bosses are my references? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Nov 14, 2011 - 23 answers

Can I refuse to let them talk to anyone from my current employer?

I got a new job! Yay! But I have to fill out a consent statement... and I may have exaggerated a part of my job history... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 - 22 answers

When do you check references during the hiring process?

During the hiring process, when are references typically checked? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 - 21 answers

Reference letter basics

How do I got about getting reference letters? I'm about to enter the professional world and I'm clueless about how to do this because I've only worked in academia. [more inside]
posted by garuda on Jun 16, 2011 - 8 answers

How to list academic job references?

Academic job filter: Whom do I list as references when applying for faculty positions while currently employed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2010 - 6 answers

warning your references ahead of time

I've found a great potential job, given them references, and know the references will be contacted on Monday. To what extent is it typical to let your references know beforehand they will be contacted by my potential employer? [more inside]
posted by diode on Nov 21, 2009 - 17 answers

Had a a great job interview, but was asked for references. I don't have any! Am I done for?

I recently had a job interview that I felt fantastic about. However, the employer asked me to provide references. I can probably rustle up one, but other than that I've got nothing. Will this completely kill my chances of landing the job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2009 - 13 answers

How to double-check my job references?

I recently got turned down for a job I thought was a slam dunk, and am now really concerned about the quality of my references. Going forward, is there any way to check the quality of what people would say about me, or negotiate to improve whatever negative opinions they might have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2009 - 9 answers

Reference Check Legalities

In Canada, is it legal to verify the employment history of a job candidate without their consent? [more inside]
posted by Raynyn on May 23, 2008 - 7 answers

'The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.' - Randall

Question within about a request from a potential employer for additional references that I can't provide (not because they're bad, just due to circumstances), and how to handle the process of saying "no, sorry" to them. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 10, 2007 - 11 answers

Back-door references and slander

What is the least expensive and easiest way to fight a slanderous bad reference, when the reference's number was not provided by me? (The employer took the "back-door reference" route.) [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Sep 29, 2005 - 18 answers

I'm fired, what the hell now?

Yesterday, I got fired from my job. I'm a Canadian living in Uganda, and I have (had) a job working full time as a consultant (marketing and business strategy) for a Ugandan manufacturing company. Officially i'm fired for 'non performance', in reality i'm fired for 'talking back' and being 'disrespectful'. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Aug 19, 2005 - 11 answers

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