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Some good may come of a bad reference from employment in a previous job if you are careful about what you say to your interviewer.

Explain that it wasn’t the happiest of situations but that you used it to turn things around in the future and correct the failing that maybe you weren’t aware of when you took the job.  It is rare that this hasn’t  happened and not many people escape untarred from a bad job.  Personally, I had that experience once because I simply wasn’t aware of my weakness and rectified it with a good post-graduate college course.

I also know of a gentleman and very nice person who accepted what looked like an ideal position only to find that he simply could not work with his boss.  He was courageous enough to resign before he was let go.  Try not to be embarrassed or traumatised – it happens!  We have all had these experiences and it is best that you talk to your interviewer in a courageous and positive manner about your bad experience or a bad reference.  Given a bit of luck, it won’t be held against you.  Keep in mind that an interviewer has heard your unhappy story before.

Show honesty, humility and respect to win present or future points.  Never lie or be less than honest.  Clearly, demonstrate that you have mastered the new skill set that you lacked before to ensure that this won’t happen again.  You can always turn to me for suitable words and I will coach you as much as I can.  Be confident that life does work out but that you have to take the first step.

For more information, please contact me by telephone at 705-743-0058 or by e-mail at I’d love to help!


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