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What Former Employers Can Say About You
There are no federal laws restricting what information an employer can disclose about former employees. If you were fired or terminated from employment, the company can say so. They can also give a reason.

One former employer said this...
"If you are looking for a person who is always on the job, reliable, efficient, cheerful and mature, you will be pleased with your decision to hire her."
Jack Moore, Division Manager
Microtek Corporation ...

It's in your former employer's best interest that you find another job, so you don't put a major dent in their unemployment insurance fund (and that's something that should help you handle losing your job).

Fictititious former employer(s): The applicant provides a list of previous employers that they never worked for, and that may have never existed. They may include fake reference letters that vouch for the applicant.

Ben McNeely, a journalist, described to me the difference between his former employer and his current one. "At the paper where I worked previously, the publisher would kill stories if they portrayed an advertiser in a negative light.

" Never lie, but simply state you "had a difference in opinion" with your former employer.

You also don't want to impose on your friends, associates, or former employers unnecessarily or too frequently. There is nothing wrong with taking a nicely printed list of personal references with you to an interview, however.

Recommendations from former employers, professional people or skilled people who know you well.
Payment for your services, labour or product that is manufactured.

Never speak poorly about a former employer in an interview. It doesn't matter what the circumstances were or how bad it was - keep things positive or neutral. Nobody wants to hire someone that might talk bad about them down the road.

Employer may want to see whether you will trash a professor or former employer.
Don't fall into the trap.
And if you truly have NOT had a conflict, tell how you would handle it if you did.

Fluffy rambling "objective" statements
Salary information
Full addresses of former employers
Reasons for leaving jobs
A "Personal" section, or personal statistics (except in special cases)
Names of supervisors
References ...

Ms Mathers said there were guaranteed ways interviewees could lose themselves "brownie points'' during an interview, including giving monosyllabic answers, making derogatory remarks about former employers, ...

These might include overstating your knowledge of required software ("If they call me, I'll teach myself over the weekend"), a certification ("They'll never go through all that trouble to find out") or extending dates at a former employer ("They ...

There are many groups based around professional interests, former employers and school alumni associations.
Spell check your profile. I cannot count how many spelling errors I have seen in LinkedIn profiles! ...

Neither should you waste time and space discussing exactly why a project was commissioned. Projects are, almost by definition, unique to each company; do not discuss the reasons for a project being worked on for former employers.

See also: See also: Employer, Job, Interview, Resume, Experience

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