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Old 01-22-2016, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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In the past 9 years I've worked 4 different jobs, one of which my boss was my relative and another where I am still in contact with my boss. Never did they mentioned that they were contacted when I applied for a job. I've applied and worked for big companies too, so it's not like I am applying for fast food restaurants. I am wondering is contacting past employers "outdated"? I always put yes on my resume even though my last boss didn't like me.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Depends, sometimes they do "backdoor references." Aka find common connections and talk to them directly without your knowledge. This has happened to me in my last 2 jobs! Though the one before that hired me without references, and I didn't hear about any back doors.
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:38 AM
 
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Your former boss wasn't the employer unless he owned company... so why would they contact him unless you list him as a reference?

They would contact the hr of company
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Old 01-23-2016, 04:04 AM
 
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I noticed it's like flipping a coin. The ones I think will, don't-and the jobs that are just to get me through till I find something with better pay/hours, they are all over my references lol.
You just can't tell..I worked in a a very nice place, full of fine art, and I thought for sure they would contact my employer, at the time-and they didn't even really look at my job history.
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:51 AM
 
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They certainly do, in multiple ways both directly and 'indirectly.'

So better mind your P's and Q's.
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:06 AM
 
Location: nYC
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In the past 9 years I've worked 4 different jobs, one of which my boss was my relative and another where I am still in contact with my boss. Never did they mentioned that they were contacted when I applied for a job. I've applied and worked for big companies too, so it's not like I am applying for fast food restaurants. I am wondering is contacting past employers "outdated"? I always put yes on my resume even though my last boss didn't like me.
There is a limit to what HR can say when they do get contacted. They can not give out your salary without your written permission. I think they can confirm your start and end date and that's about it.
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Old 01-23-2016, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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I've also found that less and less are.
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Old 01-23-2016, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I was just hired for a new role and prior employers were contacted.
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:07 PM
 
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Our companies also check references due the nature of our work. So do a good job that way you won't have to worry!
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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They're looking you up on social media instead. You can find out a lot about a person through their online activity.
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