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Old 07-06-2016, 04:19 PM
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I was contacted by HR because they have tried to reach out to all three of my previous supervisors and only 2 of them were actually available. The third one seems to be on vacation so I contacted the other assistant that I used to work with to help me reach out to her. It happens that she's no longer working with the old team but I figured since we we worked together and we have kind of kept in touch over the past 2 years, that she would also give a good reference.

I told my coworker to let me know whenever they reach out to her. She just emailed me to say that they did call to set up an appointment for tomorrow but she also told them I did not do any of the tasks the HR lady mentioned for the position I have applied for. She said she was just "honest" in her response.

I asked her if it was that one of the questions or she volunteered that information. Again, she said she just "said it as it is". She thinks she knows what I was doing but she absolutely doesn't know S!!!T.

I thought we were in good terms but I am now worried about what she'll say tomorrow.
I have given them another co-worker's information in case this one wasn't reachable. I hope they will also reach out to him as I'm sure my male co-worker will give a more positive feedback. I left in very good terms and none of them should have anything bad to say.

So has anyone ever gotten backstabbed by a co-worker giving a reference?
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:59 PM
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No, I only provide the names of individuals who have agreed to give me a positive reference and who are familiar with my work.
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:15 PM
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Make one solid contact in a company, it does NOT have to be a supervisor. Think outside the box and don't follow the black and white rules with these "requirements". Use that person as a reference each time. Otherwise you run into situations like this where you ruin yourself at the end of the process.

When you resign that instantly gives an employer a reason to hold a vendetta. Why in the world would you allow a previous employer an opportunity to sabotage your future career? There is a reason why you left.

If you have one solid contact then you never fear this result. I would highly recommend you try this method--"Professional" contacts aren't limited to your previous supervisor.
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