Oct 19, 2018 - 12:22 PM
You should not ask someone not to contact your current employer in your cover letter. The cover letter should speak to your key achievements and highlight why your background and experiences are a good fit for the position for which you are applying. You will have time to talk about your current employer should you advance to the interview stage for the position.
More on this: As part of the interview process, companies will most likely ask you to fill out an application for employment. It is in this form you will be asked, “May we contact your current employer?” You can simply check the “No” box. Most companies realize that applicants are oftentimes looking for new work while employed.
Companies usually will not reach out to your current employer until they are ready to do a background investigation. At that time, they will inquire if they can contact your current employer. You should request that they contact everyone except your current employer until a formal offer is extended. This will ensure that you don’t compromise your current employment situation in the event the new position does not work out. It is natural to not want your current employer to be contacted when you are looking for a new work, and companies, recruiters, and hiring managers will respect this.
Aug 10, 2018 - 09:13 PM
Maybe you get along well with your boss and are just in search of a better opportunity. In that case, having a hiring manager contact your present boss to inquire about you could put your existing job in jeopardy. A boss who finds out you are actively looking for a different job could start assigning you to more menial tasks or seek to get rid of you altogether.
To avoid these scenarios, don’t list any current supervisors or co-workers as references. You can also ask someone not to contact your current employer in your cover letter. The most polite way to do this is to give a reason for your request. Mentioning you don’t want to offend your existing boss or make things awkward in your present position should keep your reader from raising red flags at this appeal.