★ : Last Update 18th March 2018 15:45PM CET
Update: Got a job, no longer available
(Update: Got a job)
Wolf for hire!
Wolf for hire!
Wolferajd acquired work permit, migrated to Untied States, what next? Moving to a city-by-name village in U.S. and finding a job without a drivers' license ain't easy. The more if all work experience is from continental Europe and giving references is not really a thing in Poland.
It's all about work experience in U.S., finding 3 references and a right first job is crucial for future success in employment for a better wage and job. Even the most mundane jobs require 3 references – it is a cultural thing, typical to common-law countries.
For example, in UK typically you need just 2 references without them you are unlikely to be hired. Of course even having personal references does not guarantee actually getting a job, but you cannot even apply without them and if you do your application is likely to be ignored.
While in Europe, certifications and school diplomas (degree) is the most important thing when getting a decent job, more mundane or low-paid jobs usually does not require anything or requirements are not being thoroughly check and candidates are vetted at interview-level when you have a chance to impress your future boss. That's not the case in U.S. Even before you get invited to the interview, you have to actually have 3 personal references that even while they may necessary be called, should pledge that they know you sufficiently know and that you're a solid worker.
Giving References is not our corporate policy
Those who live in Poland know very well that acquiring any references or even getting a former boss to confirm you did indeed work somewhere can be a challenge. Even when your work performance is outstanding, it is just as if not harder to get references than to get promotion or extra money.
Even quitting job in good terms does not guarantee that you will receive references. They are regarded in Poland the same way as tipping – you do not receive them when service was good, or even outstanding – you actually have to impress significantly your boss, just like restaurant has to impress a customer to receive any tipping, even insignificant, small like pennies.
Apparently, in U.S. references are also like tipping, you're supposed to give at least 20%, as applicant for a job at least. So it is natural that companies here will not understand this cultural difference.
Update: Has been hired
As of today I am having a job.