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08/14/10
How To Handle A Bad Reference
Filed under: General, Performance
Posted by: John Hadley @ 2:46 pm

I came across a good discussion of  how to handle a bad reference in a job-search-related blog.

It highlights a very key point when seeking critique in any situation - don’t get defensive.  As soon as you start to try to explain why something isn’t a problem, you shut down the input you might have received.  And in this case, where there is already (apparently) a relationship issue, you can actually make the situation worse.

The approach they describe shows you to be a mature professional, and even if it doesn’t change the negative perception of PAST performance, it can help that former boss to see you in a new light.

I wrote a related piece some time back on the more general issue of seeking critique:

http://www.jhacareers.com/KnowHowYoureDoing.htm


And for the blog entry on handling a bad reference:

http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2010/07/how-to-handle-bad-reference.html

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