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Old 06-26-2012, 03:36 PM
 
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This is what happens when applications are all performed online.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Very few online apps require references. And if they do, they are of the professional kind. I can understand that. That's like saying you don't want to list where you've worked or something.

But most online apps provide a place for you to list references. You don't have to. Not sure if leaving it blank looks poorly, but then again HR departments look for any reason to not hire people.
I am not sure about that last part, but then again, I try and be glass half full. I would hope they are looking for reasons TO hire.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:02 PM
 
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Right?! It should be a no-brainer that any company asking an anonymous person to list the names and numbers of others is questionable. I am fine being a reference to anyone who asks, but I am NOT fine with my number or email being put out to random people and who knows where else.
Exactly. As an example temp agencies are known to ask for references and then make a sales pitch to that person.

The last thing someone wants to do is have their references bothered. You don't what they might do with the information.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:18 PM
 
Location: California
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Exactly. As an example temp agencies are known to ask for references and then make a sales pitch to that person.

The last thing someone wants to do is have their references bothered. You don't what they might do with the information.
I would be suspicious because some of the more unscrupulous recruiters will try to recruit the references of people they speak to, so I would wonder if they would be getting a call attempting to get them onto the recruiter;s lead sheet.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:21 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Temp agencies must have just started this because in 2009 I was not asked for a list of references.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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Man you seriously must have never been applying to many places. They've been asking for references for as long as you could apply to jobs on the internet. This is no conspiracy. It isn't recent. It isn't exclusive to Comcast, or Xfinity, whatever it is.

It's like your driver's license. Some jobs ask for it, some don't. Or your social. Some ask for it, some don't.

You make it seem like they ask for references to hurt you personally. You seriously sound paranoid.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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They almost never contact those references anyways. I have gone through many final rounds and for jobs I did not get they never ever contacted my references even when I provided them. Just list them.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:33 PM
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Man you seriously must have never been applying to many places. They've been asking for references for as long as you could apply to jobs on the internet. This is no conspiracy. It isn't recent. It isn't exclusive to Comcast, or Xfinity, whatever it is.

It's like your driver's license. Some jobs ask for it, some don't. Or your social. Some ask for it, some don't.

You make it seem like they ask for references to hurt you personally. You seriously sound paranoid.


I believe I said 90% of my job applications are "direct email". It;s not that often I complete online applications. I only did it once back in March and was going to do it again for the second time this year and decided not to when they wanted me to list my references
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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Very few online apps require references. And if they do, they are of the professional kind. I can understand that. That's like saying you don't want to list where you've worked or something.

But most online apps provide a place for you to list references. You don't have to. Not sure if leaving it blank looks poorly, but then again HR departments look for any reason to not hire people.
It doesn't look poorly at all since the HR department will ask you for references if they are planning on contacting them regardless of whether you listed them on the online application.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:40 PM
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They almost never contact those references anyways. I have gone through many final rounds and for jobs I did not get they never ever contacted my references even when I provided them. Just list them.
I believe they only call references for a candidate they are planning on extending an offer to not someone who was not being considered for the job. Maybe they figured it wasn't no point in contacting the references when they planned on hiring someone else.
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