Suzanne Lucas, better known as the Evil HR Lady (she's very nice and not evil at all), did an interesting article about what employers are saying about former employees in references. Hint: It's not good.
Lucas says this: "Reference-checking firm Allison & Taylor estimates
that 50 percent of their reference checks come back negative or
lukewarm." If you want to chill your blood, read the article for some actual things employers have said about employees.
In my AOL Jobs column, I answer a reader question about whether or not employers can trash employees in job references. You can read it here.
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