Question: I've been at my current government position for five years. (Same manager the whole time.) I’ve interviewed for many positions that I’m well qualified for. When they call my manager, he gives me a mediocre reference. (He won't put anything negative in writing.) As he probably couldn’t easily find someone else to do my job, I believe he doesn’t want me to leave. When I spoke with him about the reference, he denied it.
Since I currently perform work for others, too, I offer them as references, too. With my cover letter, application and resume, I include a performance report that my manager has written (saying I'm outstanding and should be promoted to the next level), attached with my rank score. I'm just frustrated that many opportunities have passed me by. I’ve lost respect for him (for being dishonest) and no longer desire to work for him.
What do you recommend I do? -- Anonymous