I graduated a year ago. While studying I maintained part-time and temp jobs. I had another job for a year, which I worked for free, I also worked for a recruitment company that fired me because I complained about my having been sexually harrassed on that job. I then went on to work for another recruitment agency.
The job offer I want so badly is going to be based on references alone. I can't get a reference from the recruitment company that fired me, and my other reference is being difficult because he offered me another position at his company for minimum wage and I turned it down -- this is after I had worked for him for a year at no pay!
I'm worried that I'll have to take low paying jobs because I can't get a good reference. And many low-paying jobs that are less demanding, won't employ me because I appear over qualaified. What can i do?
I'm sorry you've had such unpleasant experiences, especially so early in your career. You need to look beyond those two employers who are not willing to give you good references, and find other people who will give you some recommendations.
Ask your previous supervisors from those part-time jobs you held while going to school if they will serve as references for your new job search. Ask your former college professors if they would write you letters of recommendation.
Or, immediately start volunteering at an organization so that you have something current to put in the work history section on your resume, and you'll have a new "employment" reference. If possible, find a volunteer position that's relevant to your career objective.