Post # 1
When applying for a new job, do you think it’s necessary, helpful, or unhelpful to say something like, “please do not contact my current employer as they do not know I’m considering leaving.”
Would a company ever actually contact your current employer without your permission? (especially if you haven’t given contact info?) Or is it assumed the won’t?
Does it look bad, like you’re the kind of person who is just going to up and leave a job?
Is it necessary? Is there any company that would contact without your permission?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
It’s a fairly common situation. I don’t imagine it will be a big problem.
Post # 9
I’ve always been told to put “references available upon request”
Nobody is getting that info until I’ve had an interview.
Post # 10
- 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
@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.