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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 03:40 pm (UTC)
I do know Jobsworth's hosting manager, but he's in the US for the next few weeks and will be away on holiday in August...:(

Tell the interview panel that. Explain that the HP structure is such that the alternative is someone in Singapore who has never met you, and so a request for a reference will just sit on the hosting manager's desk until he/she returns from vacation.

(Hosting manager sounds like they ought to be organising social events!!)
Jul. 18th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
(Hosting manager sounds like they ought to be organising social events!!)

It does, doesn't it? In HP jargon, it means someone who 'facilitates' another manager and his employees, by providing desk space and telecom facilitities. But there's no line of report between them.