It is possible that one of your references may provide a negative job reference. This may happen because you did not prepare the people on your reference list about the requirements of the position or the reference did not write a letter that outlined your strengths that applied to this job. You need to be very careful in the selection of your references. However, now that you have received a negative reference, the employers or if you are applying to a college for admittance to a program that requires references may contact you for additional information. If the individual presented information that is incorrect you may have a chance to clarify the information or is the information is true you may have the opportunity to present your explanation.

It is important to remember when writing your letter of application and completing your resume that you do exaggerate your skills and experience. Be honest and present your abilities in a positive light. This will help to ensure that you will not be faced with a negative reference and if you are, you will able to clearly and carefully explain the issues. Prospective employers are willing to take a risk if they feel that you are open about the situation.

Try not to say anything negative about your reference in this matter. It will only make a bad situation worse.

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