In many ways, when you’re currently employed, you’re in the best position to find another job. You have the security of a paycheck, and there aren’t any recent gaps of unemployment to make your future company nervous. But trying to find a job when you already have one is a delicate process, and one that is best handled discreetly. Here’s how to do that:
The longer your job search goes on, the higher the risk is that someone at your current job will find out that you’re looking for another position. This is obviously something you want to avoid. If you rock the boat, at worst, your job could be at risk, and at best, your job performance will be under tougher scrutiny. Prepare your resume and line up your references before you start to look for positions, and once you start the actual search, follow up as quickly as possible.
Don’t broadcast your search.
If you have a Facebook account, chances are you’re friends with someone who overshares about their work life, whether it’s posting about an annoying co-worker or complaining about difficult customers. Don’t be that person. Keep your professional life separate from your personal life, especially online, where things can spread quickly. If you’re unhappy with your current position, or if you get an interview for your dream job, don’t share the news until something comes of it.
Don’t search at work.
There are many aspects of job searching. For example, you have to prepare your resume, send emails to hiring managers, check LinkedIn or other job boards for open positions, and return phone calls to companies. Make sure that you do all of these things on your own time and with your own resources. Use your personal contact information, and don’t use your work computer or email to browse job sites.
Schedule your interview carefully.
When you’re offered an interview for a position, choose the day and time carefully. Make sure it’s a day where you won’t be missed. Try to make it early in the day or late in the afternoon so that you can take personal time or vacation time without suspicion. If you need to dress up for your interview, don’t wear the same outfit to a more casual work environment as it’s a huge red flag.