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Old 08-19-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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I recently switched jobs in LA and the current company I am employed with wants to contact my previous employer to see if they can get business from them. However, I don't want my previous employer to know where I work just yet. I want to settle into my new job before I tell my previous employer where I work.

Can I somehow tell my manager that if they contact my previous employer, please do not mention that I work here. Or will they question why I don't want them to know? I don't mind them talking to my past employer if they are trying to get business, but I don't want my name mentioned. How could I phrase something like that without my current employer questioning it?

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Old 08-19-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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I recently switched jobs in LA and the current company I am employed with wants to contact my previous employer to see if they can get business from them. However, I don't want my previous employer to know where I work just yet. I want to settle into my new job before I tell my previous employer where I work.

Can I somehow tell my manager that if they contact my previous employer, please do not mention that I work here. Or will they question why I don't want them to know? I don't mind them talking to my past employer if they are trying to get business, but I don't want my name mentioned. How could I phrase something like that without my current employer questioning it?

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As a condition of employment for your new job I would think the new employer would have already contacted your previous employer. Did you not provide contact information for you previous employer?
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:04 AM
 
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I think it's better to play open card and just tell us first why you don't want him or her to mention your name because it sounds very suspicious if you'd ask it like that. Does your ex boss wants to beat you up ? Do you still owe him a million dollars? Is he in love with you and is stalking the reason why you left? This is what I would think when you ask me not to mention your name. Sometimes you worry about something that's totally not worth the sweating. If you're a good person than go ahead and tell him why.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: The City That Never Sleeps
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I would say this has been a confidential job search for personal reasons that have nothing to do with your job performance/or that is not work related. You NEED this to stay confidential. You want to settle into the new job to see if it will work out. That makes sense.I don't see why they would not honor your request to keep it confidential...for now at least. They can't call your other references there, if that's what they want? If they want to use your reference or previous employer to solicit business at your expense, then I would not allow them to do that either. That sounds like they're not doing well if they're so hungry. I myself would feel uncomfortable, whether I have a good ref or not from my previous employer. Let them get their business leads some other way.Are you kidding?
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:50 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm trying to figure out why you care, but having a hard time coming up with something.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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I am working for a company that does business with some of my previous employers competitors. Ive only been at this job a couple weeks and would like to take some time to settle in and see how it goes. My previous employer really wants me back and I'm worried that they might either say something bad about me to try to get me fired from my current employer or they might be upset and not allow me to work there again if this job doesn't pan out. As far as references go, they only contacted one of my very close coworkers but none of my previous managers know what company I went to. So id really like to keep my options open for the time being.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Then just tell them you don't want them to mention your name. Not sure there is any other solution.
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