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I am not quite sure what to do and could use some advice. I am not sure what I should do about references. I do not know who I should use because of the difficulties I have encountered over the past two years. Currently, I'm trying to get the hours required so I can get my license but in my journey to do so I encountered a few issues which leads me to question who I should get to be my references. I left my first postdoc position because I wouldn't receive enough hours to become licensed. At that site I was also on a remediation plan and thankfully was able to successfully complete the remediation plan before I made the decision to leave. The next postdoc site I went to was not a good fit. Once again I was placed on a remediation plan and within less then a month was given the choice to withdrawal or not. Needless to say I withdrew. Now I am unemployed and looking for a job. I already know (I was told it is HIGHLY suggested I DO NOT ask anyone from my most recent postdoc for references) and my first postdoc would probably be very hesitant to do so since I was placed on a remediation plan at my most recent postdoc placement. Also, my first postdoc communicated with my internship and when I got in touch with some of my supervisors there they were hesitant to recommend me due to what they heard from my first postdoc. I'm not sure what my first postdoc said.

It is because of these circumstances that I am not quite sure what to do about references. Any suggestions, advice, help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Lauren Brucato
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Hi @LesB, what field are you working in? It sounds like you may have worked with someone closely in the first postdoc position to complete your remediation plan -- I wonder if they could speak to your determination in getting back on track. Otherwise, do you have any other volunteer or work experience where it's been a better fit?

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Ashley Wilson
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Hi Les B I would suggest asking someone within that organization who can attest to your skills that you had positive interactions with. It doesn't necessarily need to be a manager.

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