Did you know that the director from your previous school can request that a confidential reference they wrote years earlier be retracted from your professional file? Unfortunately, they can! And without anyone telling you. Just imagine the consequences to your resume.
…This exact scenario happened to an ISR Member, as shared in a recent ISR School Review. The following is the letter from a recruiting agency to the candidate when he tried to reactivate his professional file:
…(Dear Candidate) “I was contacted by —– (school director) with a request that his reference be pulled from your file. Obviously, I had no other choice but to delete his reference. You still have a reference from the Principal, but losing —–‘s reference will decrease the strength of your file, in my opinion.”
…(About a week later the recruiter sends a second message) “I was contacted the other day by —– (school principal) asking that her confidential reference also be withdrawn from your file. As you know, we cannot keep a reference on file without the consent and full permission of the referee. After very careful consideration, I regret to inform you that we cannot accept your request to reapply.”
ISR Members: Click here & scroll to Evaluation #7 to read complete, unedited Review.
…In his school Review the author tells us that, “The last conversation I had with —– (school director) was the exit interview in June, 2014. He asked if I had access to the first class lounge in Amsterdam as we were sharing a flight. I said no and he said he would see if he could invite me. Then 9 months later I receive this email from the recruitment agency about his pulling his reference.”
…Why would anyone take the low-road, go behind a teacher’s back & secretly destroy their recruiting efforts? One would think a school director & principal would have the presence of character to notify the candidate so he could at least stop using them as a reference. Was this just an oversight on their part or was there an intended consequence?
…There are two sides to every story & we are not privy to what motivated these two administrators. In his Review, the teacher explains he is leaving his current school early. Did the director of this current school contact his previous school? Can your performance at your present school retroactively affect previous performance letters of reference? Maybe the long rumored directors’ network IS real!