I had a great interview last week for a nursing job I really want. I just got a call from the recruiter today asking for my ssn for my reference check. When I filled out my application, I had to fill out an employment history and it included a disclaimer: "This employer may contact any of the following persons or entities to obtain an employment reference."
So here's my question. I don't want my current employer to find out that I'm applying for jobs. Should I mention something to the recruiter about holding off on that particular reference, or will it seem like I have something to hide? Also of note, this is my only RN reference. And I've also been told that my current employer isn't too kind with providing references, though I've never heard first-hand.
I'd like to contact the recruiter before tomorrow morning so any help would be appreciated!
Be honest. Tell the recruiter exactly what you shared here. Simply tell the recruiter you would rather your current employer not be contacted because unless the job is offered, you could have to deal with backlash where you work now if you stay. Also state that your current employer doesn't know you are looking and if contacted with no notice, may not reply favorably as a result...though if the recruiter is SURE that a job offer is pending as long as your current employer doesn't say stuff like "Lindsey beats up all the geriatric patients and we have kept her on for fear that she will stalk us all" then tell them to go ahead and make all the contact they like.
Bottom line...be honest. You don't want to go through a hiring process or start a new job hiding anything. Things have a way of coming to light and you would be surprised how circumstances can quickly get worse instead of better.
Last edit by ZenLover on May 17, '12
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