We've all been asked to give a reference for an ex-employee that we might have been a bit squeamish to write. To date, our default reference in these situations has been “If this person is the type of individual you’re looking for, I am sure they will do a fine job for you.”
We've always felt this fulfilled the minimum requirements of providing a reference while still keeping us from a full-fledged endorsement of the individual.
But, Crain’s Business writer Heather Krentler has come up with an alternative perspective which likely assuages any guilt we may have about not providing that reference or, at least, providing a reference that both satisfies the request and keeps us out of jail (always a good thing!).
Here’s a link to Heather’s article:
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