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Old 08-17-2016, 04:23 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Originally Posted by Eevee17 View Post
I forget the exact wording, but on every form I've filed out, there is a part to list all of my former jobs. Under that there is a part that says something along the lines of "May we contact employer" with a yes or no box. If you check no, do they contact them any way? I'll be honest, I don't want them checking because one job I quit and the one before that I was fired from. The one I quit, I'm not much worried about, because I've seen them say we don't give references on the phone. The one I was fired from I'm sure does give bad references.
From what I've heard, the HR/hiring manager will respect whether you want them to contact your previous employers. However, a "No" will likely definitely come across as a red flag and if you have more than one "No", then I think most hiring managers would eliminate you. The only time they won't be suspicious is it is your Current employer, since many people want to keep it anonymous when they are job searching. Although, most higher-level professional firms contact your References as opposed to your previous employers anyways.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:35 PM
Location: Western Washington
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There is no legal obligation for HR or HM to abide by your request not to contact current or previous employers. As to how it is interpreted, that will vary from person to person. If a person checks that box for current employer, I assume that they want to keep their job search quiet. If they do it for previous employers, I assume that they were fired or left on unpleasant terms.

Regardless, if I am interested in hiring somebody, I will contact any and all employers, references, supervisors, etc. It doesn't matter whether I am granted explicit permission or not. Of course, that is for more senior positions. Entry or lower level positions get a trelatively cursory background check.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:41 PM
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I always check "do not contact" for my present job that I'm working at and "may contact" for all of my old jobs.

I get interviews, so that must be the way to do it.
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