I'm preparing a cover letter for a job application and I'm a little stuck.
What is a nice, and professional, way of saying please don't contact my current employer because I have not told them I am looking at a new job.
I have included a sentence "I appreciate your confidence in relation to my application" but I'm not sure that is explanatory enough.
Thanks in advance
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11-09-2014 14:34 #1
Cover Letter Question
11-09-2014 14:42 #2
I think that line is enough.
You will be listing your referees on your resume - simply do not list anyone from your current workplace. I'm sure they will only call the listed references.
This is what I have always done and I've never had a prospective employer call my current employer when I haven't wanted them to.
11-09-2014 14:46 #3
You don't need an explanation, just write References available on request. It's code for (I haven't told my boss yet). I see it on CVs all the time.
11-09-2014 15:07 #4
Yes, what scuba girl said. Most people assume you haven't told your current boss, but will want them as a referee if you get that far.
11-09-2014 15:48 #5
16-09-2014 06:43 #6
Thanks everyone. I must have done okay because I have a telephone interview today. I'm really nervous, my last interview was nearly 4 years agi
16-09-2014 06:53 #7
You'll want one where you led/shone/did something really good (your strengths)
One where you overcame a challenge (resilience)
And maybe one where you had to handle conflict or a difficult situation.
Use this format for working out your examples:
Describe the situation
What did you do
What did you learn
And then maybe just note down some dot points about what the best skills are that you have that they want for this job in particular.
Have your notes nice and clear in short dot points to have ready by the phone and make sure you are somewhere quiet with no distractions or noise.
16-09-2014 06:57 #8
Oh and @Mellie29 when they ask you at the end of the interview if you have any questions say that you're really excited about the opportunity of this job and you'd like to know if there's anything else in particular they are looking for in terms of skills that you could elaborate further on.
It gives them a chance to say "well we aren't really sure if you can twirl plates" (or whatever) and then you've got a perfect opportunity to sell them on your 'plate twirling' skills, or whatever the thing may be.
17-09-2014 20:41 #9
Interview went really, really well they basically wanted to know when I could start. And kept saying "when you come to join us" etc. I'm having a second meeting in person on the weekend and looking at the office.
The next thing, if I get an offer, would be to tell my boss. I don't think she'll be very happy and probably very annoyed that I did not tell her I was looking elsewhere. I know I don't have to but it's going to be an interesting conversation.
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