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Giving references

I worked for a company 8 years ago, was there for 5 years and left to go to another field of work.

Now I want to return to the previous field of work.

Is it a good choice to contact the company for a name to give a reference, even though I know the people who use to work at that office are no longer working there?

Should I contact the exact office I worked out of, or the main office?

For references I need 3 and only have 2, my current Supervisor and another one from a job I had 8 years ago (I had 2 jobs back than)

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:36 PM on Jun. 29, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • I would contact the company's HR department.

    Answer by SWasson at 6:39 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • Have you kept in contact with your former coworkers at that company? It sounds like they are no longer employed there, and your references should be people that know you and your work. Have you tried finding your former coworkers on Linkedin?

    Answer by andrea96 at 9:28 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • Right I am no longer employed there but have been at my current job for almost 8years and my 2 previous jobs, the people I knew are no longer employed there.
    So who do I use for the other 2 references?

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 9:47 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • If I contact HR will they give a reference based on what is in my file?

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 9:48 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • HR will only verify that you worked there, for what dates, and might say you are rehireable or not (not all HR departments will do this). HR will not serve as a reference.

    Answer by andrea96 at 10:51 AM on Jun. 30, 2011

  • This is why we keep in touch with former coworkers!

    Invite a former coworker out for coffee, get caught up, and ask if she/he would be willing to provide you with a reference.

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:57 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

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