How to Deal With a Bad Job Reference

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Some jobs just don’t work out – most have been there before. Either they’re not a good fit, or we’ve made some irreversible mistake. Some employers aren’t willing to leave the past in the past. They send references that hurt and ruin career advancements for a lot of applicants. For these situations, an open mind needs to be kept when vetting candidates. Here are some methods to prevent past errors from becoming future issues.


Consider who gave the reference. Is the reference a reputable source?

Was it a one-time incident? how long ago?

Look for a pattern of incidents.

Remember that One bad reference doesn’t equal a bad candidate,

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