By: Dan Miller


What if you really donít get along with your current boss? Is leaving out of the question since any new employer will have to talk with Mr. Idiot in checking your references?

Well, for starters, it is not that common for a new employer to talk with your past boss. Donít list him as a reference. Are there others in the company you could ask for a reference? What about that project you worked on last year. Can you use the team leader as a reference? Do you have a former boss who will sing your praises? Do you have customers who will speak well of their relationship with you? How about people youíve worked with as a volunteer? Church and community activities are legitimate sources of referrals. Do you have a former professor who believes in you?

And be realistic about the part that references play in your getting that great position: calling references is usually done after the decision has been made to hire you. No one will waste time calling references unless they have emotionally already decided you are the person for the position. Because of the career coaching I do, I am frequently listed as a reference. I donít get three calls a year from prospective employers. With todayís job market, few employers even do the checking they should do.

One word of caution: If you are asked about your current boss, be prepared to put a positive spin on what actually occurred. Donít say anything negative about him/her. And donít say any more than you are asked.

Source: ď48 Days To The Work You LoveĒ


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