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Old 10-12-2010, 11:41 PM
Location: In the Redwoods
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Originally Posted by manderly6 View Post
It seems like this comes up a lot. While companies may have internal policies in what they can say to protect themselves from lawsuits, that doesn't mean it is illegal to say more. If what they are saying is true, there is a pretty good chance they are perfectly within their rights to say it.
I think it depends on where you live... my last supervisor said it IS illegal in California, and that particular organization didn't even let you give the direct supervisor as a reference (had to give general HR contact) because of it. Sucks, because I knew she'd actually give me a good reference.
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:42 AM
Location: Brooklyn New York
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just say lack of work thats all
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:44 AM
Location: broke leftist craphole Illizuela
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No one is ever honest about why they left a position if it was on negative terms.

How often has a CEO or Cabinet official said they are stepping down to "spend more time with family" when the real reason is they were asked to resign or be fired because they had an illicit affair with an intern or something similar.
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:20 AM
Location: right here
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Just say you were laid off-good lord-in this economy? If you tell your employer you were terminated or fired-you become a LIABILITY-why do you think they are interested to know why? Because they are waiting for you to tell them why they shouldn't hire you-if it was a job that you had for three months or less-I wouldn't even include it on your resume'
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:14 PM
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people seem to have forgotten about the olde"eligible for rehire?" question, which is the sneaky way of disclosing something negative about you. as for background checks turning up your previous job, residences, and the like- i really wish i had away of finding out who really is plugging into this database and who isnt before i waste my time applying somewhere- anybody have the dirt on this? and just how far back do they hack into your records?
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:05 AM
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Originally Posted by gizmo980 View Post
I didn't ask if they do background checks, I asked if background checks cover previous employment... almost EVERY job I've had did a background check (since I usually work with kids), and they never mention my former jobs after the check. I assumed they were only looking at criminal records, sex offender registries, and so forth - which makes sense for certain jobs. So does anyone know what these background checks actually report??
Depends on the job. For instance, if you apply to be a bank teller, they're going to check your credit.

As far as I've heard, past employers cannot really say anything negative about you--all they can provide is your job title and dates of employment. Apparently, it could be considered actionable otherwise--even if it's the truth.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:04 AM
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You should not give your negative point while giving an interview. If you are asked that why were you fired, simply say that there was some mis understanding between me and my management and as a result i was fired. Never say that i did some mistake and they fired me.
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