So, you’ve interviewed for your dream job and feel positively in love with the new company. In fact, you’re feeling so good about them that you feel as if you’d like to give them anything they want. But stop and think before you give away your secrets. You should carefully consider what you reveal to a prospective employer before you start a job.
The fact is, if they hire you for the job, you will bring a lot of experience, knowledge and expertise to the company. Even if your career is only a few years old, you are likely to have amassed a good deal of useful information and networks over time. And if you’ve had a long career, you’re a mine of information. But before you’ve started working, there is some information you should keep from your employer, and maybe even forever.
Think about it like this. You owe a new employer absolutely nothing before you start the job. And you don’t owe them everything when you are an official employee, either. There are certain things a monthly salary just doesn’t pay for, especially before you’ve started the job. They certainly don’t own you and everything you have. So read on to discover 30 things to never give an employer until after they hire you – if ever.
1. Your Contacts
This is a biggie. Your contacts list is one of your greatest assets. If you’ve been in business for a while, you will have grown a contact list that is unique to you. All the people who you’ve done business with or worked for over the years are on that list. It’s taken you years to build up your list and network with your contacts. Why should someone get all your contacts before you’ve even started the job?
Your contacts list is your passport to your career. If you give it to a future boss, you lose all power over that information. You are handing over your network on a silver platter. And there’s no telling what your future boss will do with your contacts list. In fact, you don’t know your future boss or the company you’re going to work for well at all.
Only when you have been there for a while will you get the feel of the company and of your manager. Is he or she trustworthy? Do they do business in a scrupulous way? If you decide the answer is yes to these questions, you may wish to make at least some of your contact list available to your employers. A few of your contacts might make all the difference to your success with your new company.
However, there’s a case to be made for never sharing your contacts list with your employer. Even if you’ve been working for a company for a long time, the network that you have built up for yourself is yours alone. Sure, your network could benefit your current employer, but it’s still yours. So it is advisable to think long and hard before giving up your contacts list.