Many of us had to sign a non-compete agreement when we started a job. Some of us lost that precious document and aren’t sure of the exact restrictions when we leave. Instead of tipping off human resources about your intention to quit, try asking colleagues hired at the same time for a copy of their agreement.
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Aol Jobs has some tips on what to do when you can’t find your non-compete.:
Ask a coworker for theirs: If you have a coworker you trust who keeps better records than you, you might ask them to share their noncompete agreement. Yours is probably similar, but if you started different years or have different jobs, the two agreements could be quite different. If you’re sure that everyone has the same agreement, this is a possibility that might work for you.
Ideally you’ll keep a copy of your paperwork, but if you can’t find it, this tip works in a pinch. If you work for a larger company, everyone’s agreement is typically the same.
Follow the link for other ways to get a copy of your non-compete agreement without outright asking for it.