I'm having a real struggle sorting out my reference. I know you have to put down your current/last employer as the first reference. I was last employed in 2005 and was told (by a prospective interviewer) that the school had no record of me. (There has been a complete change of staff, so I wasn't expecting a named reference but assumed there would be one on file). I didn't get the job, but have been trying to chase up this situation. I have been in contact with the school and spoke to admin who reiterated there was nothing and passed me onto the LEA. So I have contacted them and whilst they were able to find my records there wasn't any references on their files. However they have advised me that the school are obliged to keep my files until April 2012 next year. So I have gone back to the school and I'm waiting to hear from the current head, however I fear the worst. What can I do from here? I have plenty of options for my second reference, I've been raising my family since 2005 and done more voluntary work than you can shake a stick at, including current 'in-school' voluntary work. But it's the employer reference that is blocking any chance of return, and unless that gets sorted I can't see a way in- to any job. I am awaiting the head to call me back and know I have to try and co-operate but I'm actually so angry with the situation and feeling rather desperate now.