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As in VERY bad... what to do? Would that make getting a new full-time job almost impossible?
How on Earth did you manage that?
I thought it was legally tenuous for an employer to provide a 'bad' reference?
Almost every job I ever held is one "bad reference". Ask my clients, they'll tell you I'm horrible and most don't come back except a crazy few. Not a big deal, man. Nothing is impossible.
Find someone else who works at the company you used to work at. give their details instead as a person to contact for a reference. Scrap the written reference if there is one, just leave the contact details.
The design industry uses references?
Use your roommate as reference
"References available on request."... they never ask.
Did you supply a name for a reference? I thought they could only verify your employment through HR. Try to use it to your advantage. Makes them look a bit immature if you ask me.
i was listed (and called upon) as a ref recently for someone i'd rather not have my name associated with- and was asked to fill out a character reference on them. i found it really hard, and had to choose my words carefully.
bad references are defamation.
Contact an employment lawyer.
Can you give us a hint how you managed that?
If the person who wrote the reference just has a grudge against you and you feel that it was written like that because of this then you should think about seeing an employment lawyer.
However, if you were a knob at that job, missed deadlines, turned up late, spat on clients and your work was that of a 5 year old then you probably deserve a bad reference.
Most companies would only use the reference of a current job once you've got the job - e.g during 6 weeks probation if you turn out to be crap then they might contact your previous employer (to see if you were crap there too).
I pissed off the big guns. I came out clean but they hate me and it might take a while for it to clear out... I think after a while it will.
I had a pretty high profile position, so I just think if anybody would hire me for a BIG role, they would look into the history of what happened in my last position.
I personally think they are pretty nasty people and they might as well through in a bad word for me.
My situation was a Bit like (Ray Liotta) Henry Hill in Good-fellas... I knew I was fucking up, but also had a lot of anger accumulated...
I did learn the lesson though. That you ALWAYS have to do your best to leave in good terms.
maybe you could send them a Hallmark card : )