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Confidentiality of a job application

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Thread Starter 
When looking for a new job while employed, can you presume that a job application will be treated confidentially by a prospective employer? I would think so but I don't have much experience job-hopping. It seems awkward to bring it up in a cover letter but I would hate for my current employer to get a phone call asking about my performance or something. It seems that most people in this situation wouldn't want their employer knowing that they're shopping around. Thoughts?
post #2 of 11
^ Most situations they will not contact your current employer initially. If you make it to interview then nine times out of ten you will have to nominate your current supervisor as a referee. And they will ask you if they need to speak to you first before contacting them. This will at least give you some time to broach the subject with them. Another option is to go through an agency one who will not charge you but the employer they are working for. That way you can test the market and see how your skills fare with prospective employers.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post
If you make it to interview then nine times out of ten you will have to nominate your current supervisor as a referee. And they will ask you if they need to speak to you first before contacting them.

I have to disagree with this. Most hiring companies understand that it's a delicate situation on the other side and will not contact your current company without explicit permission. Few will 'require' a referral from your current employer - the odds are just too high that it creates a tough situation.

The real risk is if somebody from Company A knows somebody at Company B and lets it slip in passing.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by tj100 View Post
I have to disagree with this. Most hiring companies understand that it's a delicate situation on the other side and will not contact your current company without explicit permission. Few will 'require' a referral from your current employer - the odds are just too high that it creates a tough situation.

The real risk is if somebody from Company A knows somebody at Company B and lets it slip in passing.

Maybe its different where you are but here in Oz its a requirement to contact your current supervisor, after the interview and if your the preferred candidate, how else will they be a able to confirm the claims you make at interview and in your application?

Mind you the employment market here is in much better shape than in other parts of the world.
post #5 of 11
Any company that would call your current employer without explicit permission isn't a company you want to work for. Don't mention it in your cover letter.
post #6 of 11
I've never encountered a situation where a company will contact your current employer just for submitting a resume/application.

Where the prospective employer is the government all have contacted my curent employer after I was the preferred applicant. No private employer ever asked for any 'referral" from my current employer except for one that verifed my employment.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the information guys. I'm reassured.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post
Maybe its different where you are but here in Oz its a requirement to contact your current supervisor, after the interview and if your the preferred candidate, how else will they be a able to confirm the claims you make at interview and in your application?

Mind you the employment market here is in much better shape than in other parts of the world.

In the United States, most employers won't officially confirm anything except dates of employment, title, and salary, so there's not much to gain by calling them. We use the interview process itself to judge veracity of claims; but the risks in hiring the 'wrong' person are much lower, because it's so easy to let somebody go.
post #9 of 11
As a matter of common sense, the company should not contact your present employer since your leaving is a delicate situation.

But I could not be sure that will never happen and some wiseguy may just make a call to your company to ask about you generally.
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Originally Posted by tj100 View Post
In the United States, most employers won't officially confirm anything except dates of employment, title, and salary, so there's not much to gain by calling them. We use the interview process itself to judge veracity of claims; but the risks in hiring the 'wrong' person are much lower, because it's so easy to let somebody go.

Er, wont you ask a referral from the ex employer to determine if the candidate is a screw up?
post #11 of 11
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Er, wont you ask a referral from the ex employer to determine if the candidate is a screw up?

They usually ask would you hire them again and gauge the timing of the response.
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