I recently received a voicemail literally out of the blue from a former colleague. When I later listened to the message, I learned she was calling to do a reference check for a person she was looking to hire for a position in her department and that I had been listed as one of this person’s references. Here’s the rub: I had no idea this person was job searching nor that I was being listed as one of their references. In fact, I haven’t had contact with this person since I left my previous institution.

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