Did you just get fired? Or can you see the writing on the wall? If you answered yes, you might be losing sleep over what kind of reference your boss will give to prospective employers.
It might help to know that employers have been found to have a leniency bias when giving references for former employees.
They do this because:
- They don’t want you to sue them.
- They want you to get a new job. They feel guilty about letting you go and know that you will be a good fit in a different organization.
- People are more loyal to people they know than people they don’t know. They know you. Hopefully, they don’t know your prospective employer.
If you’re reading this because you’re worried about getting fired, your odds of a good reference might be better than you think. Your boss might even give you a good reference just to help you move on. I’ve seen it done.
A Possible Silver Lining
I’ve also seen a senior executive recommend a fired employee to another company. The position was a higher level job. The person who got let go ended up fitting in, doing a great job, and making more money than the manager who fired them. Getting fired, good luck or bad luck? Who knows?
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