I left my job about a month ago due to a combination of depression and burnout. I was at this company for a little over 4 years and felt productive/received positive reviews. Around six months prior to leaving is when I started to feel the burnout which made my already existing depression worse and my productivity suffered. I figured leaving the company would be within the best interest of the company and give me time to mentally recover. I left the company in a professional manner by giving a two week notice and transferring knowledge to other team members.
After a month off I’m starting to feel the itch to code again and have been shopping around for a new job. I sent emails to most of the senior/management team members asking for a reference and have not gotten a response back from any of them. Is this unusual or was I actually a terrible employee after all? I’m finding it really difficult to secure a new job without references from my previous employer.