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Old 08-06-2013, 05:10 PM
 
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Had a meeting with a guy at a technology staffing company today. The guy seemed pretty confident that he could hook me up with some contract work that fits my skills. I filled out a bunch of paperwork (tax stuff, arbitration agreement, etc.) including a mandatory 3 references. I know that all 3 of these people liked me as a worker, but I also know that they're busy and will feel bothered by some staffing guy trying to get 10 minutes of their time to answer generic questions about me. What are the chances he'll actually contact them?
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:36 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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What you should do is contact them and ask them if they'd be kind enough to give you a reference. You really should do this before you even give references but catch up now and do it. Always assume that references will be checked. Good luck.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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^^^Agree with.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:07 PM
 
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What you should do is contact them and ask them if they'd be kind enough to give you a reference. You really should do this before you even give references but catch up now and do it. Always assume that references will be checked. Good luck.
I don't want to catch with old employers .... This has to be the absolute worst part of the job application process.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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References aren't always checked. Do you really want to eliminate job prospects, because it is inconvenient?

This is why I like Linkedin. It is one of the easiest way to keep tabs on old co-workers and managers. It's hard to keep track of them, when they change companies.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:24 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I don't want to catch with old employers .... This has to be the absolute worst part of the job application process.
Then you really shouldn't have given their names and contact info as references. References may be a necessary evil in your opinion but necessary they are. Hope the job works out for you.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:05 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We check all references for the person selected, before making an offer, and it's more like 20-30 minutes on the phone with them, so give people who are patient and want to help you.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Just call two or three people who you know will vouch for you as an employer and CALL them and ask them if they'd mind being a reference for you. Most people don't mind. What you don't want to do, is put someone down as a reference and not notify them that they'll be contacted.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:10 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I always check with people first, before using them for references. You can be sure that they will be checked, otherwise, they would have not asked for them.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Search the threads...........just be careful with recruiters.........sometimes they ask upfront just to get more contacts to call on...... Companies 95% of the time ask for them before making an offer, not at the beginning, or they just back channel call you HM if it's the same industry.
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