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V. Balaji
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Dear All,
I need a suggestion from you.
I have joined a new company couple of days back. Everything else was fine, however, the new company is asking me to submit my Relieving letter & service certificate of the last employer in original. They are telling that they will return the same when I will leave the company. They are ready to provide me a letter stating that they have kept my original certificates. So, what I should do now? Should I go ahead or should I join another company? I do have another offer in hand.
Please help.
20th December 2012 From India, Bangalore
Please do not handover your originals. If they demand, then do not join such a cmpany. If everyone that is offered a job refuses to part with the originals, then the culture will change.
KIndly see discussions at https://www.citehr.com/55465-origina...ficates-2.html
20th December 2012 From United Kingdom
If you have an offer from another Company, Join. It is not a good practice to take original certificates. T Sivasankaran
21st December 2012 From India, Chennai
I differ the views that you have expressed. It is not original education certificate or degree certificate that the new company is asking. Relieving certificate or experience certificate is normally printed on a company's letter head and issued to an outgoing employee. It is going to say that such and such person was employed with them and got relieved on account of resignation, etc. I do not think any big confidentiality or any great thing involved.

I do not know why the this company is asking original certificate. If the candidate wants, he can keep a xerox copy with him and hand over the original letter. What most they will do with this certificate we think? Even if they dont give back the ORIGINAL relievinving letter or Experience letter, let them not.

When he goes to next company, probably if that company wants the copy of ORIGINAL certificate, he can always say that he had submitted the same to his previous employer, and can submit the ones (copy) in his hand.

As long as the candidate is genuine, straight forward I do not think this will harm him.

V. Balaji
24th December 2012 From India, Madras
Balaji is right. I mis-read the question. If they are asking only the original relieving certificate, it’s Ok to give. Even that, I wonder why they have to hold on to!!
24th December 2012 From United Kingdom
In principle, I suggest submission of any original certificate is not good. I know instances, where the new employer insist on seeing all old relieving letters in original. With ERP in position in many organisations, deviation becomes tough.Ofcoursie, it is possible to take a copy which will look like original and submit the original to this company. But if you have a good job in hand, I suggest you join there rather than in a Company which is asking for Orginal documents, whatever they may be. It is not an ethical practice.
I do not see any reason for asking relieving letters in original to be surrendered with new employer. Let them give one justification
T Sivasankaran
24th December 2012 From India, Chennai
well i have recently joined a government organization and there they have also asked to submit my original relieving certificate. i did so.. i dont think there is any harm in submitting the original relieving letter..
24th December 2012 From India, Calcutta
Dear Jyoti
It is not advisable to hand over originals to the Company. If you will get good opportunity else where you can't get the originals from the company even you wont attend the interviews.
24th December 2012 From India, Coimbatore
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