I was hired at a company and they gave me 5 whole days to learn the job before they cut me loose. Said I wasn't picking up speed like they wanted to see. However they did say based on other aspects of my job performance that they would be willing to give me a reference.

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I wouldn’t take the reference. I was hired for a private law office and let go after 3 months because the head attorney thought I…

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Diane Craddock Seriously? Good references make a big deal when it comes to finding a new jo. It can be the difference between…

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How satisfied are you with your job?

Some people wake up and dread their way to work..thinking about how much they are unsatisfied with their job and all the reasons why they do what they do. While others wake up everyday wishing they have a job to go thru. Kept trying but keep failing. Why is it the ones that want work can’t work? And the ones that work hated work??

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Can't get application to apply St big e

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Desperate since I’m a really good worker and fast learner.

Been without a job for about 3-4 months and I’ve never had a complaint before by any of my employers. I’ve unfortunately never got my diploma but that never stops me of succeeding and making my best happen. I have so many references but unfortunately I never get a chance

Hang in there. Do not give up. Sometimes the answer is right in front of us. Keep looking. There are some great suggestions made…

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Why cant i find a good paying job

I've been actively job hunting since my last job back in Mar. I'm a hard worker with outstanding work ethics with a lot of knowledge in the warehouse an distribution industry. I can operate various kinds of warehouse equipment such as forklifts, clamps, cherry pickers, rider jacks, and do a lot more. I've been applying at many different places submitting my resume and I haven't received any job offers yet. I have great references an usually I add…

It can be discouraging, but just keep applying. Don't be discouraged, just keep at it, trust me something will come through. It…

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Last job

How you tell your employer the reason you got fired from the past jobs?

Hi Richard Baggs so sorry to hear that happened! Check out Matt Bornhorst 's post on what to tell your next employer here in this…

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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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Hopeless and scared

I currently have been unemployed for over 6 weeks now. I have had 10+ job interviews with some even with second call backs. However I left my previous employer without notice and feel they have sabotage my new employment opportunity. I know for a fact I was almost hired however when it down to the final part (calling references and previous employment I was never offered the job!! Has anyone been through this?? Any words of encouragement??

Technically your old job can't say shit but technically your not supposed to do drugs or murder anyone. As long as you don't have…

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Do I deserve another chance?

I was fired from my job of 3 years for falling asleep. I care for my disabled husband after he broke his neck a year ago. Having had a particularly rough night caring for him, I got about 3 hours sleep. The office was very quiet that day and I had completed my work. After being allowed to complete my day, I went home. When I went to work the next morning, I was immediately sent home without pay. It took them 2 weeks to officially fire me. My…

Wow I have almost the exact story! I was a contract employee however. The company i was contracted to work at loved my work ethic…

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Defeding Your Character

Intially I had joined a non-profit group as a volunteer because I was looking at switching my major from technology into mental health. I showed up early for my shift, hardly missed my shift, and did the continuing education requirements. Within a year I was satisfied and enrolled at collegs online campus.

Unfortunately I had to walk away from the pursuit of Bachelors because they wanted me to take third-party student loans. Deveststed I took…

I'm sorry to hear that you've stumbled across some road blocks on your path to your career Patrick Smith . Are you asking about…

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Your character references can have an adverse impact on your hiring process, if not selected with care!

Q. How important are character references? Who are your character references?

  • Your character references are important and their input could have bearing during your hiring process based on extenuating circumstances.

  • Your character references are persons you hand-pick to represent you beforehand leading to potential interviews.

Q. Did you…


I agree that you should make sure to ask the right people for a reference. One mistake could cost you the job. When in doubt make…

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If you get laid off or fired...

Getting laid off or fired is tempting to dwell on what happened. That can be a dangerous road to go down, as focusing on the past can prevent you from achieving your future.

Yes, you're going to be asked why you're unemployed during an interview and it may be tempting to use that as an opportunity to tell your side of the story BUT.. that is a bad idea. Take the high road.

Be upbeat even if you were wronged by your previous employer. Tell the…


Always talk about the good things that happened with the company, focus on the positives. Never bad mouth or be negative and…

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