How To Deal With A Bad Reference

Do you have a really bad reference that seems to haunt you wherever you apply? This can cause major problems if you're looking for a job.


How To Deal With A Bad Reference

So, how can you deal with bad references? Here’s what our approved career experts had to say:

Use A Different Reference

"The next time you pursue a job search, you would do well to prepare a list of vetted references, in addition to your letters of recommendation minus hers," says Dorothy Tannahill-Moran of NextChapterNewLife.com. "The less information you can provide on her the better. You should have one or two managers in that same company you can use as a reference, so the attention is given to them rather than her." Finding a different manager not an option? Robin Schlinger of RobinResumes.com suggests using co-workers as references. You may have had co-workers observe you doing good work when you worked in your previous position, she says. This positive input can help counter the bad reference.

Hire A Reference-Checking Agengy

"There are many [reference-checking agencies] out there including Allison & Taylor, who can make these calls on their behalf," says Dawn Rasmussen of PathFinderCareers.com. "Being forewarned is forearmed, and if the feedback eclipses what is legally acceptable to say, then she might have a case against the bad boss."

Move On

"My advice would be to drop it, do well at your current job, and if you ever decide to make a move, you’ll have a new reference," Bruce Hurwitz of HSStaffing.com says. "As for the specific organization where you would 'love' to work, network and make contacts there so, perhaps, you’ll have an employee willing to speak up for you. Enjoy this article? You've got time for another! Check out these related articles: Photo Credit: Shutterstock

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the interview situation one of our viewers, Remi submitted. He was in an interview and was asked the question: How many cows are there in Canada right now? - What a weird question but this is a technique that some hiring managers are using these days.

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Kevin submitted. He is a college student who's working a part time job to make ends meet. The manager/owner of the company has become a micro-manager who watches him work on camera and reads his company emails. A bit over the top wouldn't you say?

SHOW MORE Show less

All work and no play can create a tense and unwelcoming environment. Studies have shown that employers that offer additional perks have employees that are happier and more loyal to their place of employment. If you are looking for an employer that acknowledges how important it is to give its employees a place to de-stress and bond with their co-workers, check out these companies!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if you worked for an owner who micro-manages you my watching you work on camera and reading through your company emails.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Diane submitted. She has recently worked with a co-worker on a group project. When it came time to present the project at a meeting, Diane let her co-worker present. While it went great, the co-worker proceed to take credit for nearly all of Diane's work. Frustrating to say the least!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less