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Animosity at old workplace. How should I handle it when applying for jobs in the future?

I am currently a student and getting ready to entire my second and final year of school. I have precious experience as a receptionist and dental assistant, which I know will help me when applying to jobs. However, my ex-mother in law is the office manager at my old office, and my divorce is pretty recent (it was final in January of this year.) I know that by the time that I graduate and begin the job hunt, it will have all been a year and a half behind us, but I’m kind of a worrier and it’s been on my mind a lot lately.

Should I call her and speak to her on a professional level about her preferences when I start the job hunt? Should I let it lie and try to explain it to any potential employers while interviewing? I’m worried that they’ll see the precious experience and call my old office before I get a chance to explain it to them. Or should I just put that I am a registered dental assistant and address my experience during the interview?

I know it’s a strange question and not the normal circumstances. Any and all input would be wonderful. Thanks in advance!



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Most will not care to call on previous employers for your dental assisting skills.

There are laws regarding defamation, slander. Many companies are usually careful about what information they provide to prospective employers confirming employment or checking your references. What they say has to be the truth or they can be subject to a lawsuit from the former employee. Legally, they can say anything that is factual and accurate.

Ex-mother-in-law most likely will try to ruin your chances if that is her character. I would request that your previous employer….the Dentist…… be listed as the contact person for your references. Call and talk to the dentist instead of dealing with the ex-mother.
Search your state labor laws for more information.
I doubt you should worry too much about this woman. Go enjoy interviewing for your first hygiene job in the real world! Good luck!

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Most prospective employers will want to speak directly to the doctor, I wouldn’t worry or take any extra steps. Just go to interviews and kick butt. 🙂

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I don’t think they would call the office to check either, but, if you continue to apply for positions and get turned down it is absolutely appropriate to call to ask why you did not get the position. By the time you graduate your divorce will be further behind you. Good Luck with your last year of school…

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