Ask for a reference
No, it’s not crazy. Getting some sort of reference before getting fired will help to diffuse any worries you may have about explaining your exit to prospective future employers. In fact, your chances of walking out with a decent reference are better than you might think. These days, employers are so worried about possible legal issues that can result from giving a poor reference that you’ll find they’re generally very limited on detail. They will often just confirm your job title and dates of employment and only occasionally give details of reasons for leaving. So unless you’ve been fired for gross misconduct, such as harassing a colleague, your employers will be loath to say anything negative about you in a reference. Just make sure the company follows through and be wary of references containing back-handed compliments. Employers are adept at reading between the lines and are sure to pick up on any hint of a scandal. Vet your references carefully. Here are 10 more things you should always do on your last day of work.
Approach a friendly manager
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If the company itself won’t provide a reference, seek out a supervisor, a manager in another department with whom you worked regularly and well, or a respected veteran. Even if that person cannot go on record with a formal letter on your behalf, he or she may agree to be listed as a reference and may be happy to speak well of you if contacted by a prospective employer.