I worked at an IT firm where one has to sign an undertaking for 2 yrs service and pay 2 lacs as liquidated damages for quitting early. I quit after 7 months. I sent a resignation email to my manager which was forwarded to HR. We exchanged a few emails after which I stopped getting a reply. I assumed that was it, and went on to prepare for competitive exams. But I realized I would need the experience letter later on.

So, to get those, I contacted them after 10 months to get the experience letter when they said I had to pay the bond amount and a notice period recovery which I hadn't served. Now, I have the experience letter but it says that I breached the undertaking which I later paid damages for. Will that jeopardize my career prospects later in life? Also, is the experience letter enough or do I need a relieving letter as well?

From India, Kolkata
Management Consultancy
Sr. Executive-hr


The experience letter and reliving order is a proof for your tenure with the organisation, but many organisation issue only relieving letter which talks about your conduct during your employment with the organisation. The reliving order is a proof that the employee had smooth exit from the organisation after performing his duties properly till his last working day.

All the MNC's require relieving order. It's part of the other on boarding documents you have to submit while joining them.

Now coming to the question, your ex-employer had made a point to include those breach details which may be hinder your future employment.

Definitely whatever may be the reason, prospective employer may think that you will not be a liable candidate as you have left he organisation in just 7 months.

Kindly talk to the HR team of your ex-employer, since you have paid the amount for the damages request them to issue a fresh relieving order.

From India, Mettupalayam
Some of my friends are telling me to hide these details from future employers because of this. But I think that wouldn’t be right. Does this make it impossible for me to get a job? I
From India, Kolkata

It is difficult to make a guess with universal applicability as the response would vary from organisation to organisation. But one thing can be said for sure, many organisations do BGV rigorously and the chances of being found out are more, particularly so in case you have been a member of EPFO. Then the advice is NO.
From India, Mumbai
I have been trying to request my previous employer to reissue a "better-worded" service certificate. But if that does not come to pass, then I should go ahead with what I have, right?
I will be applying to a couple of tier 1 B-schools this year as well.

From India, Kolkata

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