My Reference said WHAT? Do Your Employment References Really “Have Your Back?”

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My Reference said WHAT? Do Your Employment References Really “Have Your Back?”  

Resumes Win Interviews, But References Win Job Offers- Why you should be concerned about the quality of your references 

DETROIT (April 13, 2019) – For those searching for a new job or a new career, the Allison & Taylor Reference Checking team is expert at providing professional reference checking, employment verification and background checks. Along with other services provided, the blog at can provide insight and tips for job seekers. Don’t lose an opportunity due to mediocre or bad job references by finding out what previous employers are saying about you.

From Past Employer References to Legal Rights to Why Not to Have a Friend Check Your References, the Allison & Taylor blog provides important information along with tips for successful job hunting and career transition. See some examples here:

My Reference Said WHAT? Don’t Assume That a Former Employer Will Avoid Negative Comments- You Won’t Believe These Actual Quotes from Former Employers

Excerpt: While it’s true that many companies do have reference policies in place that prohibit them from giving out anything but limited, company-approved information, that’s not true across the board, says Allison & Taylor Reference Checking.  Additionally, even companies with strong reference policies in place cannot guarantee that their employees will abide by the rules. More…

Do Your Employment References Really “Have Your Back?” Better Not Assume That Your References Will Offer a Favorable or Neutral Reference

Excerpt: Clearly, any prospective employer receiving such feedback on a job seeker is highly unlikely to hire them.  What, then, should be your course of action if you are concerned about potential commentary from your former employer? More…

Resumes Win Interviews, But References Win Job Offers-Why you should be concerned about the quality of your references

Excerpt: Your biggest concern should be the quality of your references and recommendations from past employers, because they will almost certainly make or break your chances. About half of all references that get checked offer commentary that is mediocre to poor about the former employee, so it is very possible that the great job you lost out on at the last moment had nothing to do with your skill set. More…

From our experience in reference checking, we know that a reference does not need to be illegal in order to sabotage a job search. Professional reference checking services are important because a mediocre job reference can be enough for the job offer to go to another candidate.

For example, providing incorrect information regarding the position title, employment dates or reason for separation could send the wrong message to a prospective employer checking your references. Even factors like a delayed return phone call or the tone in a reference’s voice can have the same effect. Employing reference checking and reference consulting services prior to your job search can help you understand what potential employers experience when talking with your references, which helps you get the job you want.

As basic as the need for a good job reference is, many candidates don’t take the time to assure themselves through reference checking that the references submitted to prospective employers are providing the type of recommendation expected and that will result in a successful job transition.

For further information and to enlist a professional reference check or other needed service, please visit

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