Providing Employment Reference Checking
YOUR PAST - ENSURING YOUR FUTURE
BECAUSE YOUR FUTURE IS WORTH IT
A Bad Reference Can Cost You A Good Job:
- Are you confident in the quality of your employment references?
- Do you have confidence
in what your employer might be saying to others behind your back?
- Are you really certain that those who know you
would never say things that may harm you?
- Have you ever wondered why you lost an offer when you had been told that
you were the ideal candidate, the perfect fit?
- Have you had numerous interviews that did not result in offers? Could
your references be the cause of the problem?
- Could a resentful associate or previous boss hurt your chances for employment?
- Did you know that if you use your contacts too frequently they might become irritated and cease providing references to
- Do you know how to get the most value from your good reference contacts or deal with situations where
you may get a damaging reference?
ReferenceClinic can help you.We are the professionals in consumer reference checking. Our staff has been verifying
references and helping professionals to achieve career goals since 1980. We go well beyond the scope of traditional job
reference checking services, and we include valuable supplementary benefits that our competitors never provide.
Although our services may cost a little more than others, you get a whole
lot more! Our reference checking is done the way you would want it done. It is a comprehensive, quality process
designed to gain as much information and insight as possible. Unlike other reference checking services that use a superficial
process focusing on only a few questions, our investigations are extremely thorough. We examine both what is being
said and how it is being said.
There is no price
tag on quality. When you use LDA Enterprises to check your references, we don't just validate your references, we ask detailed
questions to find out what they really think about you and your performance.
Who are we?
The ReferenceClinic is the reference checking
and verification division of LDA Enterprises, Ltd., a highly respected Minneapolis based Outplacement and career management
practice. Our Reference Clinic division specializes in providing comprehensive reference checking services for three groups
- Individuals who wish to verify personal, character, or community
- Families who wish
to ensure the quality of a nanny or caregiver for their children through a verification of past performance
Our Reference Investigation Services
- Comprehensive employment and character reference investigations
Reference checking services for college, business, or trade school graduates
- Nanny reference investigation services
(Pricing and a link to the order form and our policies appear at the
bottom of this page)
Comprehensive employment and character reference investigations:
Our reference investigation interviews do not follow a specific
check list. We use questions that are open-ended and conversational in tone. We find that this approach creates a comfort
level with individuals and generates more thoughtful and detailed information.
We have over 30 years of experience checking references on behalf of our Outplacement clients. We are also experts at
advising clients on how to handle poor or negative references and best utilize good references to gain maximum value.
We will never reveal that you are the individual requesting information. Your privacy is always protected. No other
reference-checking firm is affiliated with an Outplacement provider, nor do they have the ability to advise clients on how
best to use those references.
1. Our Standard employment
or character reference Investigation
This is an excellent method to determine what your key references
may be saying about you to others through an objective questioning process.
will provide you with a written report of information gained through our comprehensive reference checking process.
We believe that everyone deserves the same thorough, high quality service and attention to detail. All of our clients are
- You will receive our copyrighted guide entitled "Managing your reference
contacts" featuring 13 common sense steps and precautions allowing you to get the most from your references. It also
includes a template for organizing and tracking your reference contacts along with important information on obtaining and
using testimonial letters. Testimonial letters or letters of recommendation, properly used, will allow you to gain even greater
value from those people on your list of references. This indispensable guide is a feature provided by no other reference-checking
- You will also receive a copy of a second
copyrighted guide entitled, "You've Been Fired, What Do You Do Now?" This brochure contains important
information that will assist you in understanding and protecting your rights if an employer terminates you. It may also
help you to negotiate a better severance package. No other reference-checking firm will provide this valuable guide at
2. Our executive
level reference checking option
Our executive reference check involves a more probing and subjective discussion
of your talents, leadership capabilities, problem resolution skills, and the special concerns that may be of particular significance
based upon your own individual experiences. This option adds three major components not offered in our standard reference
- A more lengthy and comprehensive discussion of your talents, leadership capabilities,
problem resolution skills, and any special concerns that are of particular significance or individually unique. We ask
subjective questions that are designed to elicit more detailed responses. We pay particular attention to tone of voice, innuendo,
and inflection that may help us to gain better insight into how the reference really feels about you.
addition to the two brochures provided in our standard reference checking service, you will receive our copyrighted guide
entitled "In Search of Interviewing Excellence." This 41-page manual contains all the information you will
need to interview successfully. No other reference-checking firm will provide this valuable guide at any price.
- We will provide an emailed response to any single question resulting from each reference investigation
report. No other reference-checking firm provides this additional service. This service must be utilized within one
week from the time you receive our reference checking report and is only available through email. Please direct inquiries
As a general rule our questions concentrate on the following
areas. Questions asked depend on the amount of time the reference is willing to spend and the specific type of reference investigation
purchased by the client:
- Confirmation of
dates of employment and position or job title
- Primary duties or responsibilities
- Reason for separation and
eligibility for rehire - why or why not?
- Overall performance assessment/quality of work
- Creativity and problem-solving
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Greatest areas of strength
- Greatest areas for improvement
- Interpersonal skills/ability to get along with others
- Ability to lead, manage, or mentor others>
- Ability to handle pressure and crisis management skills
to set and achieve goals and prioritize responsibilities
To order: Click on Employment Reference Forms and Policies Link
at the bottom of this page or send an email to: References@EmploymentClinic.com
Student reference investigation services:
We will verify references from student advisors (both undergraduate
and graduate programs), professors or instructors, and school administrators as applicable; as well as current or former employers,
including those you may have worked for in summer internship and college work programs.
Depending on the nature of the contact, we typically
ask the following questions:
* Confirmation of degrees
and graduation dates
* Validating internships and employment history
* Verifying titles and responsibilities
* Quality of work
* Ability to set and achieve goals
* Interpersonal skills and attitude
* Initiative, creativity,
and problem solving skills
*Dependability and character values
We will provide you with
our 5-page copyrighted guide, entitled “Managing your reference contacts” that will enable you to always
get the most benefit from your reference contacts.
reference checking investigations:
Our Nanny and Caregiver reference checking process is outlined on a separate
page because of its importance to your children's future, the quality care of your loved
family members that require support, and the amount of information presented.
However, it is important to note that our process is extremely thorough and requires
an in-depth conversation with previous employers of the nanny or caregiver. We are one of the very few
non-agency affiliated organizations that offer this type of service to the consumer.
To go there, click on the Nanny/Caregiver Reference checking services button on
the navigation bar at the top of this page.
Deposition and expert witness testimony:
We will be available to provide expert witness testimony or telephone depositions
should you or your attorney feel that it would be of value. Additional fees will
apply for these services (see below.) We do not have attorneys on staff, nor do we recommend any
specific legal organization. If you should feel that legal counsel is required, we suggest that you
contact the office of the Attorney General in your state or province, or seek the advice
of an employment law specialist that is familiar with the laws in your geographic area.
Time required for completion:
In most cases your final report will be emailed and, if you
request it, a hardcopy by first class U.S. mail within 7 business days, but we guarantee
that it will take no longer than 2-weeks (reporting time is based upon the accessibility of your contact.)
The report will contain the complete documentation of our reference checking efforts, or it will
show that the contact(s) you provided and/or the human resource departments were non-responsive
to our efforts to contact them. We will include, along with your written report,
a copy of the free brochures referenced above. Extra charges will apply to faxed
reports – see “pricing.”
A. Any one standard reference investigation
Two or more standard reference investigations
- $99.95 each
B. Any one executive reference investigation
Two or more executive reference investigations - $114.95 each
C. Student reference
investigations - $79.95 each
D. Any one nanny/caregiver reference
investigation - $179.95
Two or more nanny/caregiver reference investigations - $174.95 each
All brochures and/or booklets will be delivered electronically
Prices for clients dealing with special issues or questions relating to specific concerns will be quoted on request.
and support fees (applies to all reference checking investigations)
following charges are in addition to all fees quoted above:
sent by email and 1st class U.S. mail - Included
Faxed reports - $15.00 per report
Reports by telephone - not available
Notarized affidavits - $15.00
Canadian reference investigation report - $15.00 per report
Telephone depositions - $250 per hour (1-hour
Expert witness testimony or in-person depositions - $1,850 per day, per person attending (one-day minimum) Plus
all applicable expenses
Email consultations - all career issues $35.00 per detailed emailed response or $90.00 for 3
Telephone discussions - all career issues $80.00 per ½ hour session or $150.00 per one-hour session
Inquiries can be directed to: References@EmploymentClinic.com
Forms & Policies
Click on this link to order our reference checking
By ordering our services you agree to all of the policies
and stipulations as listed on our Reference Checking Policies and Stipulations page.
Order: Click on the Employment Reference Policies and Order Page link above or email us at:
Inquiries can be directed to: References@EmploymentClinic.com