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Old 07-20-2012, 05:17 AM
 
Location: The City That Never Sleeps
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Just like you wouldn't give someone your social sec. number or bank account during email correspondence, why would you give your reference via email before the interview? Maybe they're a fake company scamming or looking for clients. You're giving them clients free of charge. They could be anybody.

Of course if it's a F500 or F100 company that you researched, and the person you're corresponding via email actually works there, then that's different. In that case, I would probably provide it. If the position pays very good money.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:24 AM
 
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This isn't really standard in my opinion...I'm also not familiar with the agency it's not one of the big ones. They do post some things I'm interested in and he says he is open to having an interview with me. What should I do? Some of these agencies are starting to get a little shady imo it seems like there is a new one popping up every other day.
No references need be given until you are set up for an interview with a potential employer. When I was submitting resumes in the reference "section", I use to put "Available upon request by potential employer". Has to be tough to be out there looking for work now. Good Luck.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I don't know why anyone would think the guy is going to use the references for a lead. Seems really hoakey IMO. Perhaps he is being proactive. If you are not comfortable with it, just do as others have said and give them when you have an interview.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: The City That Never Sleeps
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Recruiters, employment agencies and headhunters have a business practice of using references as client leads. My own former references, my friends', and others. Recruiters themselves admit this fact. It is an established, valid fact. Of course not all do this, but many do.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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If it's for a headhunter or staffing agency and they are too getting too pushy about it- make the references up, or provide friends as references if you don't want to give real references.

Another option - provide them fax numbers, so the headhunter gets a pleasant sound at the other end. Or random phone numbers (like your local Best Buy) as numbers. At worst, you can say...oh the number changed, or by accident I gave you the wrong number.

Sometimes I do that when I want to try out a gym membership or just inquire about membership rates, and the sales guy wants to know my phone number.
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