Reference after long time away

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Orangeblossom1976 Tue 18-Sep-18 17:12:28

I've been away from work for 13 years and when i've contacted my former employers HR dept they say they can only give a simple reference saying I worked there and the dates, due to their policy and the long time away. Is this normal? Worried it might affect my chances at a new job.

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BritInUS1 Tue 18-Sep-18 17:14:31

Yes this is normal and all a lot of companies will now do

dimsum123 Tue 18-Sep-18 17:15:01

Yes that's normal. You could do some volunteering to get a more recent reference. I had 15 years out of work whilst SAHM and have just got back into it. I signed up with a few temp agencies and they weren't bothered about refs tbh.

Orangeblossom1976 Tue 18-Sep-18 17:34:12

Ok, yes temping might be an idea. Thanks. Also have a written reference from teaching course again years ago but might be a help.

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dimsum123 Tue 18-Sep-18 18:22:31

Ime, the forms ask for refs but they hardly ever get followed up. So I wouldn't worry too much. I shouldn't admit this but I even asked a friend of DHs who I've never met to give me a ref!

brilliotic Tue 18-Sep-18 18:34:21

Having just returned from my first day of work after a long time out of work, I can say that my new employers apparently were happy with references from people with whom I did not have a work related relationship, but did have a recent relationship. E.g. my child's nursery manager, for whom I did a few bits of 'volunteering' things e.g. I made a newsletter for the nursery.

You could always call before applying and ask if they would prefer old but professional references or recent and non-professional ones.

Orangeblossom1976 Wed 19-Sep-18 07:55:06

Ok, that is a good plan, thanks.

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hestia2018 Fri 21-Sep-18 23:05:45

I’ve got a similar issue and have asked people I have done volunteering with e.g. school headteacher from volunteering at school.

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