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    5 years worth of references

    Hi,

    Client for my latest gig want 5 years worth of references. I know this is uncommon, but given the role, it's a legitimate request. I feel uncomfortable about it, but am going to have to do it.

    What is best practice for approaching this?

    Thanks,
    Untouchable1

    #2
    Originally posted by Untouchable1 View Post
    Hi,

    Client for my latest gig want 5 years worth of references. I know this is uncommon, but given the role, it's a legitimate request. I feel uncomfortable about it, but am going to have to do it.

    What is best practice for approaching this?

    Thanks,
    Untouchable1
    It depends on how much you're prepared to argue and how long you've been trading.

    Over the last few years I've tended to only provide a reference from my accountants.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Untouchable1 View Post
      Hi,

      Client for my latest gig want 5 years worth of references. I know this is uncommon, but given the role, it's a legitimate request. I feel uncomfortable about it, but am going to have to do it.

      What is best practice for approaching this?

      Thanks,
      Untouchable1
      You'll find in this thread some of the monkey business agencies with regards to references.

      If you are going for SC with MoD or the banking sector then different story, I'd personally and sternly ask why they want such a detailed reference of 5 years. My personal favourite: Point them to the agencies you gigged with and watch and they stop dead on the bat on references (Agencies hate speaking to each other ).

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        #4
        Originally posted by Untouchable1 View Post
        Hi,

        Client for my latest gig want 5 years worth of references. I know this is uncommon, but given the role, it's a legitimate request. I feel uncomfortable about it, but am going to have to do it.

        What is best practice for approaching this?

        Thanks,
        Untouchable1
        If banking, you can provide the references or forget the contract and some do 10 years

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          #5
          For references, they want to confirm that you weren't holidaying in HMP Manchester or another of her maj's chain of hotels.

          Provide dates and agency details.
          If direct, provide accountant details.
          Other end clients need not be involved.
          The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn't exist

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            #6
            Originally posted by Untouchable1 View Post
            I feel uncomfortable about it, but am going to have to do it.
            Why do you feel uncomfortable?

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              #7
              Originally posted by ShandyDrinker View Post
              It depends on how much you're prepared to argue and how long you've been trading.

              Over the last few years I've tended to only provide a reference from my accountants.
              Depends what type of reference they are asking for - normally (IME) it is to prove confirmation of previous contracts, in which case agency references are more applicable.
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                #8
                Hi All,

                Thanks for your responses. Given the contract this is a legitimate request.

                I decided just to send a note to all my contacts asking them if they would be happy to provide references. They all were, so I just sent their email addresses to the recruiter.

                All good in the hood.

                Untouchable1

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by MrButton View Post
                  Why do you feel uncomfortable?
                  Because I've built great relationships with these people and I'm sure a bad recruiter could find things to say to them that would on some level be weird / damaging!

                  To be fair, in this case the recruiter is a sound chap and v. professional.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Untouchable1 View Post
                    Hi All,

                    Thanks for your responses. Given the contract this is a legitimate request.

                    I decided just to send a note to all my contacts asking them if they would be happy to provide references. They all were, so I just sent their email addresses to the recruiter.

                    All good in the hood.

                    Untouchable1
                    Oh dear.

                    You don't need to give references like the old sense of "was he any good".

                    References these days are simply to prove that you were there. Just give the agency details. They deal with these sort of things every day.
                    The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn't exist

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