How to decipher an Employer's Reference ?
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Joe viết ngày 23/07/2018

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Today I show you how to "read" an Employer's Reference. As everyone knows when he quits working for an employer he has his right to obtain an Employer's Reference which certifies his work during his employment. Everything's OK ? No, it depends.

It's fair to say that employers (i.e. companies) must have kinda protection against lazy or unqualified employee who quits his job and applies to another company. And an employee does have his right, too, to obtain a fair "Employer's Reference" -without polemics or hate or discrimination (origin, religion, etc.). If things always go that way there's nothing to talk or to discuss about. But life is often full of surprises or interruptions.

There're bosses who feel "abandoned" or "betrayal" and brood on revenge with a bad reference. There're also employees who're really unqualified (with faked certification) or insincere (thieving, quarreling, etc.) or evil (destructive behavior). Nevertheless let discuss about a problem that an employee usually confronts: an Employer's Reference that sounds superbly as if the employer whines about the outgoing employee is always a bad sign. A loss of a superman.

It's too good to be true ? NO. Let start to analyze some (empty) phrases. First of all: every Employer's reference must contain:

  • Information about your work or principal task (e.g. as Web developer)
  • Information about your working ability (or Empowerment at work)
  • Information about your professional knowledge (e.g. Web design)
  • Information about your working way (thorough, qualitative, etc.)
  • Information about your working results (stable, optimal, etc.)
  • Information about your performance in general

However, the reference (certification) MUST NOT contain any redundancy. If it exists the reference contains hidden faulty messages which are bad for your résumé (or CV). Let start with some faulty tricks. For your understanding: note 1: Excellent, 2: good, 3: OK, 4: bad, 5: failed.

  • "to your full satisfaction" means that you're just OK (note 3). Usually it should be "always to full satisfaction". The YOUR indicates that only you yourself are satisfied, "not" everyone. If you're sure that you are much better you could ask for correction and the employer has to tell you where you were "bad".
  • Employer's reference via email or PDF file is a bad hint that you're "not worth" for a formal certification printed on paper with Company's logo (note 4).
  • Missing signature of your boss is the worst. It's a sign of your disqualification (note 5).
  • "he always tries..." means that you are not qualified enough for the job and you always have to try.
  • too much praising indicates that you're simply bad (note 4).
  • No thank-you tells the readers that the company is happy that you quit (note 5).
  • No any information about you or your work/task (see above) is the hint that your work/task is insignificant (note 4)

To sum up: an Employer's Reference is more worth than your C++ or Oracle Certification. In this day and age a good school note can be bought it's also better to have a good certification from your employer than an excellent school note. And if you feel that you're "undervalued" by your employer you'd calmly talk with your boss and convince him that it's better for both sides if things should be settled friendly with you than with your lawyer. Agreed ?

Joe

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