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Being provided with a poor reference

the_velvet_girlthe_velvet_girl Member Posts: 103 Courageous
edited March 2018 in Employment and careers
I failed a probation period in my previous employment last year. I was offered a new job recently but the offer was withdrawn due to an unsatisfactory reference. My previous boss had ticked a poor attendance box on the reference form & had not competed a specialist knowledge section. My poor attendance was due to disability related sickness. I really struggled in the role but would have thought my boss might be able to write something positive on the reference.
As I was unable to provide another reference from my last employment, the job offer was withdrawn. The company would not accept a reference from HR that confirmed the dates I worked for the previous organisation. An employment agency have also told me I have a very limited chance of finding a job in my chosen profession with the reference.
I'm now wondering if I should leave my previous role off of my CV? I had a career break recently so I could just extend this to cover my probation period. Is it legal to leave a job off a CV or application form? I really can't see me getting another job with the reference!

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