Do employers give bad references?Watch
I need to apply for a new job but they are my only work experience, I don't have others. Should I put them as a reference?
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If you do put them down on your CV though, as scrupulous as it sounds and as much hate as I'll surely get for saying this, I'd fake a reference and give contact details of a willing family member or friend with a different surname to you. Likelihood is they won't ask for a reference at most jobs if you're just looking for basic ones to get experience, but if they do you don't want to miss out on a job when it's so competitive right now.
Or on the other side of that you could get a personal character reference from that person, alot of employers might not realise that's what you're actually giving rather than am employer reference.
By law you are entitled to a reason as to why you where sacked. So id get back in touch with them and ask for an explanation (if they dont give you one- take it further).
Like others have said, id put someone down on your cv who can give you a character reference, such as a family friend. And if you have done any voluntary work, work experience or have had any other jobs, then use them for references. If a future employer asks about why you havent put anyone from the job you got sacked from as a reference, then just use the excuse that the supervisor has left since then (hence you dont know anyone from there any more who could give you a reference).
This does not or all employees employed on or after 6th April 2012 apply to those employed before this date.
Also employers can't give out 'bad' references but they must give out truthful and factual references which will state the reason of said employee leaving.
However to protect themselves employers will refuse to provide a references to those who were fired simply to protect themselves from any potential legal action.
I think this is good advice. You have a right to know and surely you must want to know for your own peace of mind.