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Old August 20th, 2019, 11:45 AM
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Re: References-- what to do?

I got asked to by a former student to provide him with a reference. I honestly told him that while I was flattered he'd ask me, I didn't feel I could do justice for him in providing a reference as I'd only taught him for a limited time as part of a huge class so I didn't really know him well enough. I omitted the part that really he wasn't a good student. Even though he was a former teacher he couldn't be bothered to even grasp the basics of the class and therefore didn't develop very well. I was amazed he actually passed the course exam!

A current work colleague asked me if I'd provide a reference. I again declined. I'd only started working there and with her a couple of months previously and when you broke it down into the actual shifts I'd worked with her it was barely anything.

A young friend has asked me to get her a job application for my workplace. She works in the same field. She asked me to vouch for her that she was a good worker. I would happily get her the form and vouch that she was a nice bubbly person but in now way could I vouch for her as a worker as I've never worked with her and don't know her that well to vouch for other areas such as integrity etc.

So I'd agree with KayKay, be brief and honest as you have already stated here.
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