A Bad Boss Often Makes for a Negative Employment Reference
Let a Bad Former Employer Sabotage Your Quest for a New Job
(August 22, 2013) -
As a member of the working public, most of us have had the experience
of working for a “bad boss”, says Jeff
Shane of Allison & Taylor Reference Checking.
A bad boss can be unpleasant to work for - for a variety of reasons-
but they tend to be easily recognizable by some common
characteristics, which include:
aggressive (or abusive) communication style. Bad
bosses tend to be abrupt or unfriendly and then fault employees for
don't plan well, or make no
contingencies for when things don't go according to plan.
often take credit for employees' good work, while
placing blame on others for an unsatisfactory result.
arrogant or elitist attitude; bad
bosses treat employees as “second-class” citizens. They also tend
to motivate employees through threats about the security of their
people find that working for a bad boss eventually becomes
intolerable and wind up leaving their job. But employees beware: the
same characteristics that make someone a bad boss also tend to make
them a bad former employer. “Bad bosses” frequently
sabotage a former employee's efforts to find new work.
you suspect your former employer is thwarting your attempts to gain
new employment, your first step should be to conduct
a reference check. If you do, in
fact, confirm that they are providing unflattering information to
potential employers, you have the following options:
You can try to keep them off a potential employer's “radar” by
not offering up their name when filling out employment paperwork. Try
providing an alternate contact at the company as your reference.
You can attempt to preempt a former employer's negative
explaining your challenges with them in the interview process,
framing the difficulties in your own words. (Be warned, this can be a
tricky proposition. If you are not careful to finesse your comments,
you may come off as a complainer to a new employer.)
You can have a Cease
& Desist letter
issued by an attorney. These letters are typically sent to the senior
management, alerting them of the negative
and actions. In the interest of their company, management will
generally counsel the reference not to provide further commentary on
your employment. This technique has been proven very effective; in
& Taylor finds
that the success rate of such letters approaches 100%.
negative reference will usually continue offering the same
potentially damaging input about you to every prospective employer
unless you take steps to stop it. Don't let a bad boss sabotage
your job hunting efforts- take steps to ensure that a poor reference
won't cost you future employment opportunities.
its principals have been in the business of checking references for
corporations and individuals since 1984. AllisonTaylor is
headquartered in Rochester, Mich. For further details on services and
procedures please visit http://www.allisontaylor.com/.
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