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Thread: How do the Self-employed provide work references?

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    Default How do the Self-employed provide work references?

    Well, I've made a start on the work reference front and got ONE reference from my last full-time job which was 10 years ago, for 1 year. My employers before that have mostly gone out of business - although I've been informed here that I don't need any more than 10 years.

    But for the past 9 years I have been self-employed, mainly working for one company who have numerous clients.

    How do I provide work references for Immigration if I've been self-employed?
    I probably have gaps in my work periods, so will it still count as 9 years?

    I don't think I've had the same accountant over that whole time so I won't be able to provide accounts for the whole 9 years either. These things all of a sudden become hard to remember

    My employer-to-be has asked if he can speak to a few people I've worked for too - now I just have to think WHO will say nice things about me!!! And do they still work at the same place?

    Piper

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    My OH and I were also self-employed on moving to NZ - we provided copies of all our previous contracts plus our yearly accounts and any references we could muster. Was fine...

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    Thanks, Helen, that's very reassuring.

    'Contracts'. Hmmm never had any of them though.

    Actually, I've just been emailing my new boss to be and I had to write down the names of people he can talk to as referees, there's quite a few I've thought of, so they can all help. I hope!

    It's funny really - I said to him that I've always worked on a 'You want the work?' - 'Yeah okay' - 'You got it' basis and now suddenly it's all really formal for Immigration.

    Wish I'd REALLY thought of that 10 years ago!

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