Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Handling a Bad Reference

Maybe you would want to ask if it will just be okay not to add a boss that you can't get along on your list of references. Don't worry, it won't look odd if you don't add the boss you can't get along with. Interpersonal conflicts are normal.

The absence of one's boss name in your reference list doesn't matter, as long as there are at least 2 people who will review you favorably. According to Barbara Corcoran, an author and a real estate contributor to NBC, what's most important is where you worked, what was your position and for how long.
If you don't have enough on-the-job references, include volunteer work contacts or even a professional mentor. Be sure to call them ahead of time for their permission, and ask them as well whether they prefer to be contacted by phone or email.
If possible, ask for recommendation letters while you're still on the job and their easier to get. it's also a good idea to check in with your references from time to time. People moving on, changed titles and phone numbers should be on the look out. Inaccurate details is a bad impression on a potential employer.
If you will be asked about your boss you don't get along with on your interviews, don't say anything negative! Just say you "didn't have great chemistry."
Your interviewer will understand the short hand and credit you with professionalism.

Happy job hunting :).