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Former Employer is Preventing Me from Landing Job

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Dear Experts,

One of my former employers is saying I am not eligible for re-hire when contacted by potential employers. How do I handle this in my current job search? Should I be upfront at the interview? If so how do I explain without being negative?

Here is how our approved experts answered this question:

@juliaerickson Q#177 “Not eligible” sounds like policy; explain that 2 pot emprs & that u have prof’l refs 2 spk 2 ur quals.

@louise_fletcher Q#177 Difficult to know what you should say w/o knowing details, but honesty is always the best policy IMO.

@ValueIntoWords Q#177 Agree w/other experts! Esp import 2 coach other references on responses that may nip negative comments in bud.

@kgrantcareers Q#177 Agree w @dawnbugni + one thing find 2 ppl from old employer 2 serve as references. This offsets any bad news.

@gradversity Q#177 Try to address this with your former employer. Failing that, find a creative way to keep new company from calling old one.

@dawnbugni Q#177 Best defense is a good offense. Better to give positive spin up front than let emp. draw own conclusions.

@beneubanks Q#177 Be truthful. Even if it hurts short-term, it’s worth it in the long term. Don’t give TMI unless requested.


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