How character references can help you land a job

If you have a poor work history, gaps in employment, a criminal record or other problems that are hindering your landing a new job, character references can go a long way in bolstering a prospective employer's confidence in bringing you on board.

Who makes the best character reference? Now don't pad the list with your BFFs and running buddies -- Ha! Take time and give this serious consideration. Business owners and managers whom you know well…

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Thanks for sharing! Lois Martin

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Do interviews freak you out?

It can feel a little difficult to prepare for an interview when you are not sure what to expect.

In this 1 minute video produced by one of our talented interns Rachel Swansburg real Jobcase employees share their interview tips with you!

Make sure to watch the video so you feel more confident and prepared before your next interview.

So tell us, did we miss anything?

What are some interview tips that have worked well for you in the past?


Own it positiveness is a great tool for your gainful employment opportunities will soon come good luck to all of you.

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Is a former employer allowed to give you a bad reference? In a word, YES.

If you have been terminated, faced disciplinary action, or had other problems on past jobs, your former employers CAN reveal that to a company considering you. Contrary to common belief, there ISN'T a law prohibiting this. As long as the information is truthful and factual it can be revealed. While companies may have a policy to only confirm that you were employed, they are not limited to only providing that information.

How do you overcome this…

There's two sides to your comment, you're speaking like an employers word is gospel. That's a bunch of bs. Team leaders…

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Complicated job offer

I just received an amazing job offer to run errands and care for a cancer patient's dog for $350 a week while they recover from surgery since I have around 12 years experience for caring for animals, the problem is they want my resume, which normally wouldn't be one but all my experience with those animals I owned. I've had iguanas, birds, rabbits, chickens, cats, dogs, mice, fish, and once a boa constrictor 7 feet long, it's great experience but…

That is a tough spot Ellen Ferrell I would write them a cover letter and send it in with your resume and make sure to include ANY…

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Strange about face

I had a weird one today. I was told i was the only one being considered for a position. The interview seemed to go very well. The HR manager said he'd be putting together an offer package and sending it over by weeks end. Instead what I get today is an email saying we've decided to open it up to other applicants. You're qualified, but I dont have any positive feedback for reasons they chose this. The problem comes in where my ex significant…


let's see: The problem comes in where my ex-significant other is the president of the company I was just terminated from. I was

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Steven Ransom Can you have any opportunity for me.

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Past work experience, job descriptions, associates & supervisors?

One thing I recommend is to put all job and work related facts down in a Windows 'Notepad', 'Wordpad' or Microsoft Word file ('.doc', or '.docx') and save this file on your computer, a portable Flash drive (Thumb drive) and upload it to a Google Docs account or similar [private] online storage location.

** Make sure to include past physical addresses (where you lived) and the 'Move-in', 'Move-out' dates.
** List your past employers and remember…

Good advice Dennis Costea Jr. ; it pays to be prepared!

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Potential employer contact previous employer and gives bad review

I am beyond angry again. I was offered an interview for a great position. I received an email today stating they had to rescind the offer for interview because she contacted one of my employers and they did not give me a positive review. I know one of my employers will not give me a positive review because I left the position with very little notice and she was a horrible boss to work for. This is why I have references to contact. When did…

I'm not sure if this varies by states, but at least in PA an employer can only say you worked there, nothing negative. They're not…

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Samantha Clarke honestly in Washington, employers don't care. This is the norm. And yes, she isn't allowed to say anything bad…

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Resources use yours

Get resources and use them! Depends on the policy you actually broke. When interviewing someone they can't ask rite aid anything but yes or no questions. So they will ask if your rehireable. And just be honest about it and maybe them love you and trust you. Or don't use rite aid as reference or experience. It sucks if it's alot of retail experience. Never fear Christmas season is near! Retail needs that holiday cheer! Good luck. Keep…

Everyone is rehireable. Depends if they desire to rehire you. You can not speak for another person , even your old boss. keep that…

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Working after a sabbatical

My husband and I moved to an extremely rural area when he got promoted and an area that was farm land and a truck stop. One year turned into four and while my career has been in business administration and general accounting I’m having an extremely hard time angling myself as an attractive candidate with this much time out of my field. In addition, some of my references are no longer with their perspective companies. Any advice?

Im in the same boat .got interview wed. With murdock chevy . for asst service advisor. Would be step up .would need a better…

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My former boss is sabotaging future jobs

I quit my job of 13 years five months ago due to a hostile work environment caused by the manager and supervisor. They fought my unemployment, but I eventually got it. Since then, I have applied to over 10 jobs and found out that when most called my former boss to inquire about me, she gave me a bad name and told lies on me. What can I do to stop this? The labor board said they can't help with this. It is really frustrating.

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Hi Starr. Sorry about your dilemma. I just started reading jobcase comments and I see yours was posted in 2018. However I did a…

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I have a question for any hiring manager about references

Most of the companies I worked for are no longer in business. People I know and I worked for, including managers, will not give references because of HR issues. I was told hiring managers look for references. How can I get references in this situation? Any suggestions?

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Ask yhe ones you know for a letter of reference.

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