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The fun starts here

I made the mistake of opening the confirmation letter that came through the post yesterday. It told me that my interview with the selection committee would take place at 9 am on the 27th, so no news there; but then it went on to say that they expected me to bring all my diplomas, letters of recommendation and the name and telephone number of my present manager as well as that of two further references...I suppose I'll be able to find all my diplomas if I clear out all the cupboards this weekend (not a clue where I might have hidden them), but letters of recommendation? Sorry, but I don't have any. However, it's the demand for name & tel.no. of current manager that's seriously wigging me out. Ask Jobsworth, who obstructed my move within the company when both the company doctor and the therapist suggested it on the grounds that he couldn't, in all fairness, recommend me to any of his colleagues because I had had a breakdown and therefore had not been particularly productive over a number of months, for a reference? Jobsworth, who has let me know that if I ever wanted him to give a favourable report to anyone, I would have to prove myself to him first, and over a prolonged period of time, and then he might think about it? I might as well not bother.

Still, I'll need to get three references from somewhere. I can ask one of my previous managers...who else?


Jul. 14th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
I'm really in two minds about telling them my present manager and myself don't see eye to eye -- they may think I'm being disloyal...

OTOH, you could be right when you say "They know that sometimes it's not the employee's fault.", in which case honesty will probably be my best strategy...

However, I have already asked my previous manager to give me a glowing reference, and she's mailed me back from her vacation spot to say that no problem, she will!, so I'm slightly less panicked than I was before.