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Current employer as reference

  • 08-09-2021 7:40am
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,671 ✭✭✭ Joeseph Balls


    I'm applying for a new job, and one of the referees 'should be your current employer'.

    Is this normal? I don't mind my current job so if I am unsuccessful in my application I'd rather my current employer wasn't made aware of my application.

    Or do they only contact when your successful?

    Thanks,

    Joe

    Post edited by Joeseph Balls on


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  • Registered Users Posts: 166 ✭✭ play4fun1


    from my own experience, on one occasion recruiter asked if it was fine with me, if she contacted my current manager - don't recall if it was pre/post interview

    ,On another - it was after I was hired, part of background check/verifications



  • Registered Users Posts: 72,950 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn


    Generally your current employer will not give a career reference as it leaves then open to all sorts of legal stuff if you turn out not as described or if they say you are a lunatic you could sue then for defamation. The HR dept will say you worked in the company from x date to y date, that's likely to be it. Some colleagues in your current employer could give a reference in a personal capacity instead if that's what they want.

    They won't go in to the reference phase until you are pretty much getting the job.



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