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Greetings,

I would like to know how previous employer reference works while applying for IT jobs in Australia.

Here is my situation with providing references:
1. The previous company which I worked with has been changed now with a diff name now. None of the people worked with are present working in the same place. Though I am in touch with them on social networking sites.
2. The present company I worked with has a policy against providing and information about the present or previous employee and even a recommendation letter for higher educational purposes is against the policies. I know many cases where fellow employee were not given ref letters because of company policies.
3. At my present firm, I work with a new manager who recently took over the position of the previous manager. The previous manager quit his job but has not been in touch with anyone so far because of personal problems. Now my new manager does not get along well with me as we generally have a differ in our ways of thinking and don't agree on the many things, which makes it all the more complicated.

At most in all cases (among the companies I have worked with) HR representative can confirm job position and dates. Is this enough ? What is the nature of information which would be required for references ? Does companies make enquirers before giving the offer letters ?

I am really concerned about this matter. Hope I can get some sincere suggestions here. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I would also appreciate if seniors could share their experiences.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I think references are required. There was a lady on another forum complaining that no one back home gave her a reference only the dates that she was employed at the company and whether she was full time or part time - that's it. She was frustrated because she's a nurse and she really needed a reference.

I would call a coworker and ask them if they can give it.
 

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Thanks @stromgal, @TheEndofDays

I would love to hear other experiences aswell. Cheers.
 
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Employers always want references whatever field you work in. If you claim to have worked some where they want a reference.

One way round it is they often ask for the name and address of the company and they request them themselves. If the company do not respond they will make their own decision on if to offer the job or not based on the information they have.
 
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