In an ideal world, all bosses would be fantastic, and the only bad references would be for former employees who deserved the bad reference. In the real world, some managers are mean and vindictive and will set out to destroy people who were great employees.
And, let's also face it-sometimes we do screw up and deserve a bad reference, but that doesn't mean we're not capable of doing a different job better than the last one. While most companies will let you give a list of people you'd like them to contact, if your last couple bosses aren't on that list, a good recruiter or hiring manager will likely track those people down. This means that lots of people have a bad reference out there. Here are five ways to overcome these bad references. Read more at http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/5-ways-to-overcome-a-bad-reference.html