Permission from current employer to interview at another firm?

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Nov 14, 2010 3:32 pm

At the Big Green Machine and am ready to get out. The firm I'm interview with has a brokerage but the position I'm applying for is in the asset management side of things. I was told when I set up the interview that they recently changed some policy and that I'd need permission from EDJ to interview with them. Huh? From who? My branch manager? Anyone ever hear of anything like this? I don't have any clue as to where I should go for this permission and it is a tad unnerving as well. I'm serious about wanting to make the switch but I don't want to tip my hand before I'm actually offered a position. Any advice anyone?

Nov 14, 2010 8:17 pm

Just tell them you can't get permission to interview since you will lose your job.  There is no basis for their request.  They either want to interview you or they don't.

Nov 15, 2010 10:06 am

Bill,

I am subject to an employment contract with my current employer but in it the contract states that if I leave to work for another employer as a registered representative I am bound by the restrictions. This position is not categorized as a registered representative position.

Nov 15, 2010 4:14 pm

The firm's policy probably has something to do with when recruiting other Asset Managing professional positions. So, like Bill says, if you could see the wording of the memo, it probably pertains to like arena, to like arena. Now, if the firm is too stupid to look beyond that, well, maybe you're looking at the wrong kind of place to work at...