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Old May 11th 2014, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Beaverstate View Post
Yes facebook etc is your enemy.

However depending on the situation a letter of recommendation at times may be helpful, can't hurt.
He/she's not ready to move yet, and I think the new employer would want to check references directly.
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Old May 11th 2014, 4:44 pm
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Originally Posted by dunroving View Post
Where do you get the "minimum 25 paragraphs" from?

I've never seen a reference letter anywhere near that length, in the US or the UK.
That was a bit of
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Old May 11th 2014, 4:46 pm
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That was a bit of
That's odd, I've got someone on the MBTTUK forum telling me that sarcasm was supposed to be funny.
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Originally Posted by audi4t View Post
If u can get one gr8 but US employers usually expect little.
I don't think so. Last year I was asked (by the same company) for 2 bosses, at least 3 direct reports and 3 peers.
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Originally Posted by jmood View Post
I don't think so. Last year I was asked (by the same company) for 2 bosses, at least 3 direct reports and 3 peers.
I suppose it depends on whether they want a job reference or a personal reference. If I went to my current job and asked for a reference I would probably get the aforementioned "he works here" reference. I have on occasion known of companies who ask for personal references that require logging in to an online thing and answering set questions.
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What about CVs? UI was always led to believe US style 'resumes' included a photo at the top - is this still the case? Or has this been removed for fear of discrimination?
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Default Re: US-style references from a British employer

Originally Posted by H Bomb View Post
What about CVs? UI was always led to believe US style 'resumes' included a photo at the top - is this still the case? Or has this been removed for fear of discrimination?
Oh God, I hope not, I hate having my photo taken
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Originally Posted by BunnyGirl View Post
Oh God, I hope not, I hate having my photo taken
I am not aware of a photo on a resume, it would show too much info obvious during an interview.

Such as approximate age, possible sex, and race.
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Originally Posted by Br1t1sh View Post
So, how did you deal with this cultrural differences when you look for a job in the US after long experience in the UK?
That's the norm if they give a reference at all. Dates of employment and title.

Don't worry about it.
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Originally Posted by Beaverstate View Post
Yes facebook etc is your enemy.


I'm currently recruiting, and I was able to weed out two candidates simply by 'Googling' their email address. It amazes me what people are willing to post online these days.
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Default Re: US-style references from a British employer

Originally Posted by thinbrit View Post


I'm currently recruiting, and I was able to weed out two candidates simply by 'Googling' their email address. It amazes me what people are willing to post online these days.
Question, does googling a candidate expose the recruiter to potentially discriminating information such as age, race, disability, sex etc?
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Originally Posted by sir_eccles View Post
Question, does googling a candidate expose the recruiter to potentially discriminating information such as age, race, disability, sex etc?
I certainly wouldn't Google candidates on my work computer.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
I certainly wouldn't Google candidates on my work computer.
Why not? Reference checking, background checking, citation checking, publication checking. Those are all legit activities. If the check also brings up other info on age/gender/sexual orientation, hey you can't control what the search engine trawled through and brought up.
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Default Re: US-style references from a British employer

Originally Posted by jmood View Post
Why not? Reference checking, background checking, citation checking, publication checking. Those are all legit activities. If the check also brings up other info on age/gender/sexual orientation, hey you can't control what the search engine trawled through and brought up.
(i) it's prohibited by HR
(ii) all information considered during the hiring process MUST be documented and archived by HR
(iii) information obtained other than by a formal background check might not be reliable

Please note I did state " .... on my work computer." Emphasis added.
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Do you work for the government, or some such highly regulated sector? I wasn't aware of such strict HR policies anywhere.
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