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Old 02-05-2014, 08:32 AM
 
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Hi everybody

I am soon relocating to California from Europe

I have a doubt regarding the references.

I know that most of Us companies will ask to perform a references check.
How can I manage to make it easier to my potential employer to check my background?

Should I have my actual manager to produce some letter of references?
Linkedin reccomendations?



Thank you for your help
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:08 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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You should provide contact information for the references as you would normally but a little more extensively, i.e. mailing address, 'phone number and email address(es). I don't know enough about LinkedIn to comment on that. Good luck!
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:03 AM
 
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Had this problem coming back from China. **** out of luck.
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:06 AM
 
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They don't require written references in the US. Just a phone call (or I suppose email these days) should be fine.

I couldn't find work for years because UK employers demanded written references and US employers refused to supply them. Neither side listened to reason. I begged the US employers to make an exception and just write a reference and I explained repeatedly to UK employers that they simply don't do this in the US but they're available on the phone and will answer any of your stupid questions. Nobody would listen. Totally ridiculous.

Get written references anyway. It might help.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:28 PM
 
Location: the dairyland
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You should obtain a written recommendation, just in case, even if you're not going to need it. It's better to be safe than sorry. In my experience, most employers are intimidated to call any references abroad, so at least you can show them the recommendation letter if they invite you for an interview.

Be prepared to only find an entry-level job though, foreign references usually don't count a whole lot on the American labor market.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:32 PM
 
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Where in Europe? Make sure to give them adjusted time zone hours and a reference to someone who speaks English. A lot of jobs do not provide written references in North America, so most of those checks are still done via phone call.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:22 PM
 
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Thank you for all the sugestions

I ll have my managers write a letter of references

@Rob702
"Be prepared to only find an entry-level job though, foreign references usually don't count a whole lot on the American labor market."

Really? not even an experience from the world leader company of a specific field?
It seems quite arrogant.
I beg to doubt your statement
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:37 PM
 
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You can write a letter, but do expect that they will contact the writer directly as well. Written references are not used commonly in North America (for employment - they are more common for academic/volunteer positions).
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:36 AM
 
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I am starting to get worried

In your opinion , how a potential employer will value :

- education -- I have graduated (Master of Science in Management)) in the TOP italian school, ranked 13th by Financial Times
- experiece -- 5+ year Strategic MArketing experience in World Largest TELCO carrier
- summer courses in Berkeley
- some sales and small business experience


The fact that I did not gradaute in an US school and that I have never worked in an US company will means that I am condemned , if I am lucky, to only aspire to an entry-level job?

I really hope not. That would be a tragedy
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:41 AM
 
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Do you have permission to work in the US?
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