One of my past employers has not given me relieving letter as I did not server the complete notice period.
My life was turned hell in that company and I was so frustrated, I had to leave the company without exit formalities.
It was initial period of my career and I did not know the importance of relieving letter (or any other professional documents).
I served that company for 1.5 years.
After leaving that company, I joined two other companies by telling them in advance that I was working in that company and did not have relieving letter from them.
Now I want to get job in some MNC and I am now aware that I will need to submit all relieving letters of my career for background verification process.
Since the background verification processes are usually very strict, it looks like my entire career is doomed.
I am highly potent and knowledgeable person in the work I do. But this dark patch is not moving me ahead.
What is the solution in this situation?
Will I ever have the chance to get into any big organization or I have to work in small firms only?
Can I show experience in one of my friend's company instead of 'that' company?
I have already begged to my past employer to issue me relieving letter but he is taking revenge.

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Do not get panicky.
True CV is the best answer.
How many years have you worked?
Give whatever documents you have and which is asked by the MNC.
MNCs do understand that many small companies do create problems to employees due to lack of proper HR advice.
Have you got other relieving documents from other companies?
If selection is confirmed from MNC you can even opt to buy out notice period from that troublesome employer?

From India, Pune
Thanks Nathrao for replying.
I have 6 years of experience in total. I worked in that company for 1.5 years.
I have all the documents from my other employers.
1st employer (6 months) : Company A : I have all documents
2nd employer (1.5 years) : that troubling employer : Joining letter, no salary slips as it was very small firm (5 people), no relieving letter.
3rd employer (1 year) : Company A (I rejoined there) : I have all documents
4th employer (3 years) : Company B (Current company) : Will have all documents from here as well.
I have made request to buyout the notice period and also 'additional' money to that troublesome employer.
But he does not want to give me relieving letter in any situation.

From India, Ahmedabad

Do not worry.
Tell your MNC that employer is not giving documentation inspite of willingness to pay i/l of notice period.
As I said many smaller companies do not give all documentation.
You can quote that even salary slips wee not being given.

From India, Pune
Dear Nathrao,
Thanks for your support and suggestions.
But I still don't feel solace, as I know that as part of their procedure, MNCs just don't proceed further if any documents are missing (BGV comes later in the show).
Does anybody have any example of cases where the employee's goodwill was considered?
(After all everybody knows that such evil companies do exist in Indian IT industry.)
I feel that such small companies are ruining lot of people's life by treating them like slaves by blackmailing them about the documentation. There should be some statuary rule to alleviate such malpractice and inhuman activity.

From India, Ahmedabad

During the initial part of career,we work in these small firms for career growth and for sustenance & income for survival.You can tell them this above sentence.
I know because I have worked once in this setting.Once I learnt these dark secrets of the Indian Industry,I demand relieving letter firmly everywhere.
What I suggest is,inspire of the above statement if your now HR refuses to go ahead with the process,you call up your previous HR and tell him firmly,you need a relieving letter.Be firm.Its your right,Brother.

From India, Bengaluru

I believe that your talent and hard work speak more loudly than those one or two documents.Be bold and come forward to fight for the right and accept challenges.Offer challenges, and defy your need for documents to prove your self.
Your other documents like even salary slip proves that you had been working and earning.
Question remains though about climbing the success Ladder,and it can be through your bold and fearless approach to fight the challenges and set the things right.
Bad people , bad Companies will come a cross teach lessons to all just by proving that you have potential enough to overcome all the hurdles.
Wish you all the very good luck and best in life

From India, Vadodara

Your career is not doomed. Don't worry.
Just tell the truth to your new employer. Mention the experience in the resume. Tell the interviewer that it was a very small firm with 5 people, they didn't give pay slip or relieving letter.
You have documents for other companies, so no worries.
Never show fake experience from your friend's company. It will just compound the problem at later date

From India, Madras
Great Manager Institute

Do not worry. Panicking does no good.
Towards the end of the interview with your prospective employer, mention the issue regarding the relieving letter to the HR personnel/talent manager.
Believe me, employers need a good candidate as much as you require this job. So do not sound helpless, just be clear and confident and nobody can stop you!
Good luck with your job search!

From India, Mumbai

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