You’ve Been Sexually Harassed: What Happens to Your Job Prospects and References If You’re Not Famous?

Allison Taylor Reference Checking Tells Sexual Harassment Victims How to Protect Their Job Reference, Reputation and Future Livelihood

DETROIT (Dec. 13, 2017) – According to Allison Taylor Reference Checking, reporting sexual harassment can cost the brave women and sometimes men who report sexual harassment by a boss or co-worker in their current job: it can cost them the next job, too.

What happens to a job reference after making a report to HR, the legal department or filing a sexual harassment suit?

Too often, harassers get a simple slap on the wrist. Sadly, most of us aren’t famous movie stars with the clout to move on to the next job. Perpetrators too often get by with few consequences, while the brave complainant puts his or her career—and livelihood—on the line.

The average person has no choice but to worry about their next paycheck. But a bad boss can slander or defame you when you apply for your next job. Rumors that badmouth the wrong person can circulate for too long, and people may even collude to keep you unemployed by blacklisting you. On top of that, HR may not be very empathetic about the issue and may even say the wrong thing to protect their interests.

Whether you’re being pressured to discuss or even to have sex with your boss or a co-worker, forced to listen to foul language or slurs, you need to figure out what to do about that job reference, especially if you have worked at the place of harassment for any length of time.

Here are steps recommended for anyone’s future employment to­ look solid.

  1. Document the sexual harassment of employer by discovering what they say about you.

Hire a professional service like ours to make actual calls to your former boss or employer. Our very discreet reference check process gives you an accurate, documented report, viewable in your private, secure, online account.
2.   Prepare a remedy like a Cease & Desist Letter for Poor to Bad Job References

If you discover bad job references, we can help. Fight back hard with a “cease and desist” letter written by experienced professionals. With our close to 100% success rate, you can change the game and protect your future.

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About AllisonTaylor

AllisonTaylor and its principals have been in the business of checking references for corporations and individuals since 1984. We are highly acclaimed with employers, employees and the media alike. Compliments and mentionsfrom influential publications and writers at The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Workplace Bullying Institute, ABC Newswire, Forbes, USA Today, Hcareers, Fortune and MyFox News provide insight into our services. AllisonTaylor  is headquartered in Rochester, Mich. For further details on services and procedures please visit https://www.allisontaylor.com/

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Should I Send My Boss A Holiday Card? The “Do’s” & “Don’ts” In Holiday Card Etiquette

DETROIT (December 5, 2017) – In the office, the professional methods of communication are generally pretty clear.  Pick up the phone, shoot a quick note by email, or make a visit to someone’s office.  However – during holiday season – many employees wonder “Should I send members of my management team some sort of holiday greeting card? If so, is it appropriate to dash off an email with holiday wishes, or is a traditional paper card the way to go?”

Reference-checking firm Allison & Taylor says yes, it is definitely a good idea to send your boss (and his or her boss) an appropriate holiday greeting.  It’s an important way to send the message that you value your relationship with the company, and respect these people as individuals.  (Additionally, surveys have shown that they are widely appreciated in the business world as a whole; recipients are more likely to do business with a company or individual that sends holiday greeting cards.)

When it comes to e-cards, Allison & Taylor suggests you forgo them for a variety of reasons. Many senior managers are older and may reflect an “old school” mentality. A greeting card sent via electronic means may be regarded by them as inappropriate, perhaps even cavalier. Additionally, such e-cards also tend to lack the “personal touch” of a card mailed individually to the boss’s door; e-cards and social media holiday greetings are often sent en masse, or (in the case of social media greetings) can be done as spur-of-the-moment responses to a comment seen on Facebook or some similar venue.

Here are some reasons why a traditional greeting card is a good idea:

1. Connecting with your bosses (or a former boss) will help keep you top-of-mind in their awareness, translating to possible future support or opportunity.

2. Staying in touch with bosses and colleagues via a holiday card is a subtle yet highly effective form of networking. (It’s also less expensive than taking them to lunch, and won’t violate corporate edicts if sent via personal mail.)

3. Sending your bosses (also former bosses, colleagues, suppliers, etc.) a card demonstrates a personal touch to accompany your business relationship.

4. Staying in the favor of your prospective employment references (particularly former bosses) is critical to your future employment success. The reference-checking firm of Allison & Taylor notes that approximately half of all reference checks they conduct revealnegative inputfrom the references. Consider that a greeting card could prove to be a small, but critical, investment in your professional future.

5. Developing and maintaining positive relationships with your management team, co-workers and former bosses will ultimately be a cornerstone of success in your career. Besides the use of greeting cards, there are a number of effective etiquette tips that may be appropriate for those who may ultimately become your professional references.

Tips for sending the right holiday greeting card:

While sending out holiday cards is almost certainly a good idea, even this generous gesture can backfire if the proper protocols aren’t observed. Here are some additional guidelines to ensure your card is well received:

1. Choose a high-quality holiday card that allows no possibility of offending its recipient. Remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas – be mindful of religious and cultural nuances, particularly with your international recipients.

2. Choose a design that is appropriate for your business associates.

3. Keep your contact list accurate and up-to-date. Make sure you’re not sending a card to someone who has left the department or the company.

4. Check the spelling of your contacts and their corporate name. Any good points you’ll score with a holiday card will be lost if you misspell your contact’s name or corporate information.

5. Include one of your business cards inside the greeting card. This small insertion ensures that your recipients have your most current contact information and will reinforce your name with the card’s recipient.

6. Be sure that your inscriptions on the outside of the card are both legible and attractive. Consider using a form of calligraphy to make your recipient’s name and address visibly pleasing. Also, be sure to include your return address on the mailing envelope.

7. Sign each card personally. It only takes a moment to sign your name and write a short greeting, and your business associates will notice and appreciate this more personal gesture.

8. Don’t be late. In life and in business, timing is everything. Remember that many companies close during the holidays and people take vacation to be with family, so send your cards early. Also note the possibility that a recipient of your card may want (out of consideration or guilt) to respond with a card back to you prior to the holidays. Aim to have all your corporate holiday cards in the mail no later than December 15 if you’re sending them within the U.S., or earlier if you’re sending them via international mail.

A properly thought-out and created holiday card can be a wonderful asset to your business relationships.  Take the time to make this personal gesture, and it will be sure to be appreciated and remembered.

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About AllisonTaylor

AllisonTaylor and its principals have been in the business of checking references for corporations and individuals since 1984. We are highly acclaimed with employers, employees and the media alike. Compliments and mentions from influential publications and writers at The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Workplace Bullying Institute, ABC Newswire, Forbes, USA Today, Hcareers, Fortune and MyFox News provide insight into our services. AllisonTaylor  is headquartered in Rochester, Mich. For further details on services and procedures please visit https://www.allisontaylor.com/.

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