I recently switched jobs and started working for another company (Let's call the previous company "company A" and the current company I work at "company B").
Both companies are located in Germany.

I didn't have any job reference from company A upon applying at my current job at company B.

During the interview, we spoke about my tasks at company A. Company B offered me a job after the interview, but didn't ask for any reference from company A.

After I handed in my resignation at company A, I asked for and got a job reference from company A.

My question

On the one hand, the job reference I got from company A is (I think) quite favorable and might underline some of the qualities/qualifications my current manager at company B might not even realize I have, based on the single interview we had.

On the other hand, I don't want to come across over-eager or to give the impression that my previous job at company A was in any way more challenging or rewarding than my current position.

Is it for some reason a bad idea or bad form to hand in the reference with company B, even though they never asked for it?

closed as unclear what you're asking by Masked Man, carrdelling, gnat, IDrinkandIKnowThings, Sandra K Apr 23 '18 at 14:29

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    If you don't have a job reference from the previous employer, how do know it was favorable and how will you hand it in? – Masked Man Apr 23 '18 at 7:04
  • I re-read and edited the question. Never post questions on SE on a monday morning before you had the first two cups of coffee... I hope the question is clearer now. – barghest Apr 23 '18 at 7:25
  • Close vote retracted and downvote removed. – scaaahu Apr 23 '18 at 8:02
  • Location? In some places the idea of a job reference is formal, in other places they are informal. – mhoran_psprep Apr 23 '18 at 10:27
  • @mhoran_psprep I've added the location to the question. – barghest Apr 23 '18 at 10:52

In general for jobs, if a document has not been explicitly asked for, it is not important from the policy perspective of the company. If a document has not been explicitly asked for do not provide it. Stay within the policy framework.

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