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Reference after being dismissed

If you get dismissed after working for a large company for a number of years and you're worried about getting another Job and the reference you will get - whats to stop you giving an old work colleague or an old boss as the name for the reference assuming they are still working for the same company - do you need to give the name of your last boss at the company ?

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  • daphnemoondaphnemoon Forumite
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    We'll sometimes company policy does not allow a previous boss or colleague to give a reference as if it's from the company. I know my last employment had this rule so I can only get an HR official reference which only gives dates of employment and job title.

    I was made redundant and my office was closed, My friends who still work for the company and moved offices kindly offered to do personal references for me but can't give any work or performance details.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Takeaway_AddictTakeaway_Addict Forumite
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    If you get dismissed after working for a large company for a number of years and you're worried about getting another Job and the reference you will get - whats to stop you giving an old work colleague or an old boss as the name for the reference assuming they are still working for the same company - do you need to give the name of your last boss at the company ?

    Thanks...

    Company policy as above normally restricts this and can lead to disciplinary action being taken against the person who completes the reference.
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  • SnakeySnakey Forumite
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    Give the name of whoever the head of HR is, and think no more about it. Large companies have reputations to protect and are very careful about this sort of stuff, and generally references must be done by HR. I would be surprised if they passed it to your old boss so that he could write a stinker of a reference and sign it on behalf of the company! It's more likely that they will not even tell your old boss that you have asked for a reference (why is it any of his business?) and just write a bland one themselves which confirms your job title and the dates you worked there.

    If they want a personal reference from somebody you worked with, that's when you give the names of all your mates and accidentally forget to mention your boss. But since it would be a personal reference, there would be no reason to feel bad about doing that.
  • whitewingwhitewing Forumite
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    Your colleagues may not feel comfortable giving a reference for you.
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