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Dec. 9th, 2016 09:16 am (UTC)
I'm familiar with discussions of gaps in the fossil record from my studies in paleontology years ago (I was mostly working in human evolution, so much more recent material than this), but this is the first such detailed study I've seen in a while, so I found myself mostly thinking of how much about it creationists don't understand.

Note that the discussion of whether to reveal that you've been fired says nothing about how to respond when the interviewer asks for a reference from that employer, or for that matter from one whom you left under a cloud or with unresolved difficulties in the workplace. I've never seen word one on that topic in jobseeker advice, and when I asked the question of an employment counselor, she drew a blank.
Dec. 9th, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
UK employers pretty much all just confirm dates of employment and job title, so it tends not to be an issue.
I would privately call my parting from my previous company "constructive dismissal" - although I would not raise that with a future employer.
Dec. 9th, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
A lot of US companies do that also. But job applicants are expected to provide references, who are usually former supervisors or co-workers, and not to have one from your recent employer is a red flag.
Dec. 10th, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
I have seen this covered in a number of ways.

In my own line of work, if you already have a job it's understood that you won't want to tip off your current employer about your plans to leave. So it's actually quite normal to ask that the potential new employer doesn't contact the current employer unless the job offer is firm, and not exceptional to say that it is better not to contact them at all.

In a career path where there are a lot of fairly short contracts (which again is not unusual in my field) there can be entirely benign reasons for offering less recent rather than more recent references, such as the entire firm having gone bust, or everyone else has moved to a different continent. I still occasionally do references for people who worked with me fairly briefly ten years ago.

I am not impressed that an employment counselor could not answer that question; it must be a pretty common experience.
Dec. 9th, 2016 11:46 am (UTC)
The "if you've ever been fired" link takes me to a gray-blurred unreadable page.
Dec. 9th, 2016 04:38 pm (UTC)
It's an annoying cover sheet from the magazine. I had to use a different browser than my normal to read it (Opera rather than Firefox, but it was probably my settings rather than the browser).
Dec. 10th, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
Forbes has one of the most annoying semi-paywalls out there. The version I get on my phone is less annoying so I don't always remember that there is a potential problem.
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