Bad references can have a major impact on your job search. In fact, a negative or even lukewarm reference can knock a candidate right out of contention for a job. For example, I was once told by an employer that the applicant I was considering was late for work on a regular basis. That made me think twice about hiring her.
What can you do if you are worried about an employer saying negative things about you? The safest way to avoid having your job search sabotaged by an unexpected bad reference is to carefully pre-screen your references.
Review these tips on what to do about bad references including how to make sure that you are getting references from people who will attest to your qualifications and what to do if an employer is giving you a bad reference.
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