You’ve decided that you need a change, whatever the reason, and it’s time to take-on a new challenge.
The question is, how do you take on job hunting while still employed and without alerting, or even upsetting your current employer and colleagues? Employers want staff who are loyal and are committed to their job, not their job hunt. So being cautious and professional will ensure positive outcomes for all parties.
Here are our top tips for job hunting while still employed:
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Go ahead and update your LinkedIn profile, but make sure that you turn off the notifications, this way no one will be alerted to modifications or improvements to your profile. Also, don’t indicate that you are seeking other opportunities.
Even if you are working for a tyrant avoid complaining about your supervisor, be graceful, professional and always show tact. Focus on moving forward and be grateful for the experience.
First, let your recruiter, or prospective employer, know that you would like to keep your search confidential. Second, refrain from using your current employer and colleagues as references and lastly, schedule all your interviews outside of work hours. Also, never use the company email, phone or fax to communicate about your job search and certainly don’t post anything about your search to any of your social media profiles.
Letting your work suffer because you are on the hunt is a big mistake. The last thing you want to do is send a red flag to your manager that your work is lacking its usual luster. You are going to need a glowing reference when the time comes.
Honesty is the best policy
Even if in your best efforts, your job hunt comes to light and your manager confronts you, it’s best to be honest and fess up. Being honest will demonstrate strength of character and will not harm your credibility.
Most employers prefer hiring individuals who are already employed; the best employees already have jobs, so job hunting while still employed is an attractive quality to hiring managers. Although there are risks in job hunting while still employed, the risks are that much higher if you quit prematurely or if you wait until you’re fired. So tread lightly, stay positive and keep it professional.
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