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    Hi all,

    I'm applying for graduate training schemes, but have been in employment since I graduated in 2011. A lot of companies are asking for references at the beginning of the application stage. I'm a bit hesitant to put down my current employer as they don't know I'm applying for another job. Also, I wouldn't want my employer to be contacted unless I had first been offered a place. Lastly, the training schemes don't start until September. If I'm offered a place in March, I still wouldn't want my employers to be contacted until much closer to the time.

    Am I being overly paranoid? What would the best way to go about this?
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    (Original post by chopin_fanatic)
    Hi all,

    I'm applying for graduate training schemes, but have been in employment since I graduated in 2011. A lot of companies are asking for references at the beginning of the application stage. I'm a bit hesitant to put down my current employer as they don't know I'm applying for another job. Also, I wouldn't want my employer to be contacted unless I had first been offered a place. Lastly, the training schemes don't start until September. If I'm offered a place in March, I still wouldn't want my employers to be contacted until much closer to the time.

    Am I being overly paranoid? What would the best way to go about this?
    I'd contact the recruiters prior to submitting your application, ask at what point they ask for reference and explain this situation - they will understand (there will be a significant number of candidates in the same position). However most recruiters will not follow up with references until an offer is made (it is just too much hassle doing it before hand). Some might do it prior to last round interview stage, and that's why contacting them might be helpful to double check their policy.

    At the point of offer though, you will probably have to suck it up and that your current employer will be made aware. It is probably best to have a conversation with your line manager at the point you accept the offer, and just make lots of positive comments about how committed you will be to your current role until you leave.
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    In most cases employers only use references when they know they will give you an offer. Some employers ask you to specify whether certain references can be contacted prior to you being offered a job as they are aware of such awkward situations arising with current employers, which is why for the most part they will avoid it until an offer has been made. However, if you find out in e.g. March you should really be an adult about it and just tell your current employer. It's much better for them that they have more notice that you are leaving so that they can prepare and it is really the most professional thing to do.
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    I'd contact the recruiters prior to submitting your application, ask at what point they ask for reference and explain this situation - they will understand (there will be a significant number of candidates in the same position). However most recruiters will not follow up with references until an offer is made (it is just too much hassle doing it before hand). Some might do it prior to last round interview stage, and that's why contacting them might be helpful to double check their policy.

    At the point of offer though, you will probably have to suck it up and that your current employer will be made aware. It is probably best to have a conversation with your line manager at the point you accept the offer, and just make lots of positive comments about how committed you will be to your current role until you leave.
    I agree.
    Also, some employers ask you to specify whether certain references can be contacted prior to you being offered a job. This is because they aware that awkward situations can arise if they are contacted for a reference.
 
 
 
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