What should I do?

Discussion in 'Employment & HR' started by 1977, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. 1977

    1977 UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Hi all,

    I’ve been self employed for the last 12 or so years as well as a director of a company I started in 2012. However, a job opportunity has arisen that I’m very tempted by as it’ll broaden my skill set massively and will be of great benefit into the future.

    My question is, should let them know I’m a director of my own company (I’m assuming they’ll do a director search on me)? Keep quiet or make my wife a director and resign myself?

    Obviously if I resign and there’s another person with the same surname they may well assume I’m taking the micky and tell me to get on my bike. I’m not sure what to do!

    The company I’m a director of is quite straight forward (plus my wife can do the work) as I have some very good systems in place that make life very easy.

    Posted: Feb 21, 2018 By: 1977 Member since: May 10, 2012
  2. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Is your company potentially in competition with your new employer?
    Posted: Feb 21, 2018 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
  3. 1977

    1977 UKBF Regular Full Member

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    No it’s very different. My concern is that they’ll think I won’t be fully committed to them.
    Posted: Feb 21, 2018 By: 1977 Member since: May 10, 2012
  4. billmccallum1957

    billmccallum1957 UKBF Ace Full Member

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    Talk to the employer...anything less would not be seen in a good light.
    Posted: Feb 21, 2018 By: billmccallum1957 Member since: Feb 11, 2016
  5. Paul Norman

    Paul Norman UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Put yourself in their shoes. You would want to know if someone came to work for you.

    And, if you knew, you could be reassured about how any conflict of pressures might be avoided totally.

    If they can't handle that, you don't want to be working for them anyway. But relationships started on a foundation of concealment often end badly.
    Posted: Feb 21, 2018 By: Paul Norman Member since: Apr 8, 2010
  6. 1977

    1977 UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Yep, I’m certainly leaning that way as honesty is the best approach 99% of the time.

    I’m in the process of writing my cv (1st time in 20 years) so will make it crystal clear in it. If they call me to talk then I guess they’re cool with it.
    Posted: Feb 21, 2018 By: 1977 Member since: May 10, 2012
  7. Jessica A.

    Jessica A. UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    It would be best if you're honest with them. Then they can decide if they still want to hire you or not. Your honesty alone is a trait they'd want from an employee and given that you are a director of your own company, it tells them that you are reliable and someone who doesn't need much supervising.
    Posted: Mar 1, 2018 By: Jessica A. Member since: Feb 28, 2018
  8. Alan

    Alan UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    Let them know. I was in a similar position decades ago they just need to know there is no conflict.
    Posted: Mar 1, 2018 By: Alan Member since: Aug 16, 2011