(Closed) Applying for a job: "Do not contact current employer"?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

At my company (I’m a recruiter, fortune 500 global company) they won’t contact your current employer until you say they can, but they also won’t try until you’re in the background check process after you’ve accepted the offer.  I don’t think it’s legal to contact your current employer without your permission. 

Post # 4
986 posts
Busy bee

Second what Ellegee said regarding legalities – I don’t think they can contact without your permission. I, personally, haven’t ever heard of someone contacting an employer without permission.

Post # 5
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I personally would say something along the lines of ‘Please do not contact current manager regarding this application until I have discussed it with them prior’ if you’re worried, BUT I don’t think they are able to (or it would be very good taste) to do that anyway. I just filled in a job application and they asked if they could contact my manager prior to interview, to which I said no.

Post # 6
24 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

If it were me and your resume showed you were currently employed, I wouldn’t contact the current employer at all.  But I’m sure not all companies think that way.  Maybe you could mention it in your interview if you feel that things are moving in the right direction.

Post # 7
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve seen quite a few applications come through asking prospective employers to be ‘discreet’ as their current employers don’t know they’re actively looking for a new job. I don’t think there’s usually an issue with it.

Post # 8
2385 posts
Buzzing bee

It’s a fairly common situation. I don’t imagine it will be a big problem. 

Post # 9
533 posts
Busy bee

I’ve always been told to put “references available upon request” 

Nobody is getting that info until I’ve had an interview. 

Post # 10
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

I used to work for a man who would give future employers bad references just so I wouldn’t leave his work place..So yeah, I used to check the “do not contact” box. My old boss would tell me that he wouldn’t give me a good reference,too. I was under the table, so I believed him. 

Post # 11
3257 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Milo: That’s what I do. I’ve never had a potential employer consider it to be a problem to not contact my current employer; that is standard.

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