(Closed) Job search question- would really appreciate advice!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
114 posts
Blushing bee

Thats a tough situation. I’ve had a similair experience with employment where I thought my supervisor didn’t like me or think I was competent. After I managed to finally get to speak with her it turns out she thought I did a great job and was more than willing to be a reference. Getting a reference is always kind of awkward, and to a lot of employers it doesn’t really matter to them if you have all the tools for finding employment because you’ve finished your business with them. If I were in you shoes I would keep persisting, and probably call you former supervisor and ask if she would be willing to be a reference for the work that you did. During that conversation I would make a point to mention specific projects, areas, or tasks that were your responsibility just to remind her of what you were doing there. In the chance that she refuses to provide a reference, I would track down former co-workers, or some of those other supervisors you mentioned and see if they are able to provide a refence. I wouldn’t take the internship off though, thats hard earned experience. I had been job searching recently, and had experiences on my resume that I didn’t have specific references for, and no one ever questioned why I didn’t have a reference for it. I think the point is that you have other solid references, and that they are all aware you are job hunting so they may provide you with the best possible tools you need. 

Post # 4
13290 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wouldn’t take it off your resume, especially if the experience helps you, but I wouldn’t put this woman as a reference.  It doesn’t sound like she’d give you a good one.

Post # 5
42 posts

I don’t look at references when I hire, I mostly look at their work history, employment length and first impression at the interview.

Having worked with different companies when I was younger, I saw way too many useless BS-ters around, i know a lot of them write their own references for their ex-employer to sign or they suck up so much to their boss they become friends. 

Post # 6
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DuckEBee:  Don’t take it off your resume, but don’t use her as a reference. Refusing your LinkedIn request and not responding to you are pretty clear signs to me that she would either not respond to someone asking about a reference for you or it would be negative. Sorry you are in that situation!

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