When You’ve Found Out About the Negative Job References, Here’s What You Can Do:
First things first, the most potent solution to fight bad job references is to use different references. Instead of getting into discussions with the people who talk negatively about you and trying to convince them to talk about your positive aspects, it's always better to find a new set of job references who know you well and who hold a favorable opinion of you. When taking to your new references, it’ll do you good to remind them of some of your accomplishments when you were working with them. No one but you can be the best judge of the people who give a fair assessment of your skills and achievement, so spend some good time on figuring out who should be on your reference list and why.
The second way to resolve this problem is to arrange for a meeting with your past employer(s) to discuss the reasons why they’re giving negative job references. This, of course, is a cumbersome process, but when you’re running short of job references it's worth giving it a try. Oftentimes, these references may stop badmouthing you the moment they realize that you’re aware of what they have been telling your prospective employers. Also, sometimes the issues that have propelled the references to talk negatively about you may be minor issues that can be settled amicably during the meeting.
The last option to fight a negative job reference is to talk it out and explain it to your prospective employer why your past employer may have left a negative remark during the reference check. The most important rule here is not to get overwhelmed and begin badmouthing your past employer. Talk in rational terms, elaborating upon things that resulted in some conflict or misunderstanding between you and your past employer. If you left your last job because of some conflict or problems with your employer, you must let the prospective employer know about it during the interview.
Undoubtedly, litigation is also a way to fight negative references, but it is best avoided – for it is time consuming, strenuous, and costly. We hope that one of the solutions that we have mentioned here can help you in preventing negative job references from affecting your employment prospects.
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