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Old 04-22-2019, 11:20 AM
 
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I had a stressful job which made me physically and mentally ill. I told my manager and employer and they ignored the situation and did nothing to resolve it. I was sacked as I had exhausted the sick leave. It was an unusual situation as I was always fit and healthy and had never had time off sick in previous jobs. I am applying for jobs now and found some job adverts request a reference from your previous employer. I believe that this would not help my application as they would not provide a reference or if they did they would make me look bad. I want to make a fresh start. The employer never even gave me my P45 which you receive to say you no longer work for the company which I chased up many times - this is the kind of employer they are ignoring things. What would be the best reason to refuse my previous employer as a reference if a new employer asks?
Definitely put down as specifically requested. From a basic standpoint, the hiring employer wants to verify that you actually had the job and the dates employed. Don't put HR or an alternate person if specifically asked for former supervisor. Most likely previous supervisor will ignore request or refer to HR. Very few employers want to prevent a former employee from getting employment ; in fact, it's often in their best interest that the former employee becomes employed. Of course you can also offer names of others at the company who can provide additional references about the qualify of your work.
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:32 AM
 
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Game the system

https://www.careerexcuse.com/
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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+1. Do you actually believe the product/service testimonials you hear on the radio and TV? No need to list a disgruntled ex-employer.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Careerexcuses might work in the US where the hiring/firing is handled differently, but OP is in UK and they don't engage in games.

Also, if you know OP and her posting history, you probably have an idea that she isn't the model worker employers are dreaming about.
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:43 PM
 
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Just use a friend to pretend they were your supervisor.
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:07 AM
 
Location: on the wind
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Just use a friend to pretend they were your supervisor.
Deception and dishonesty are such great tools for convincing a potential employer that you are their dream employee.

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Old 04-25-2019, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Deception and dishonesty are such great tools for convincing a potential employer that you are their dream employee.
I know strict honesty is though.

Why are you seeking new employment?
I want more money and my boss is an @hole

What is your greatest weakness?
I don't respect authority, am always tardy, disorganized...
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Old 04-30-2019, 10:39 AM
 
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Deception and dishonesty are such great tools for convincing a potential employer that you are their dream employee.
Well the point is for the employer not to know you are being dishonest. That would kind of ruin the point. Being honest can be a bad way to convince an employer to hire you also. Hence the purpose of this question.
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