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Part: V Capturing and Keeping the Job > Beating the Recommendation Game

Chapter 27. Beating the Recommendation Game

A big problem today is getting recommendations, especially when the company you have worked for is no longer in business or the person you worked for has moved on. In high-tech towns this is a particularly critical problem, because so many companies have disappeared and so many layers of supervisors have collapsed like a house of cards, leaving no one around to give a referral. Even when companies and personnel are stable, getting recommendations can still be like prying information out of a locked vault, because so many employers have become recommendation shy, so they will say little more than dates of employment, job title, and possible salary. Why? Because if they say anything negative, even if true, they fear they could be sued by the employee who is looking for a job. Or if they don't say anything negative and the employee messes up on the new job, they could be sued by the new employer for giving a recommendation that contributed to hiring the employee who caused the damage.

Well, you get the picture. In our lawsuit-happy society, people fear to say anything, even when they are still around to say something— which isn't that often.


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