Balancing the job search process while you have a job can be a delicate dance. You need to schedule phone and in-person interviews around your current work and keep your confidentiality in check. You also need to keep your focus on your job so things don’t become a bigger issue. How can you navigate the difficult waters of a job search while still employed and get everything that you want? Let’s look at the best tips to get you through this process.
Don’t let your work slide.
The number one job that you have while trying to balance you current job and your job search is to not let any of your duties suffer. You need to remain committed to your current employer while you’re searching or else they may discover that you are looking to leave. Don’t give them a reason to terminate your employment.
Never use company time or tools.
Along those same lines, don’t use your employer’s time or tools to facilitate your job search. Never use the company printer or copier for resumes. Don’t send emails to prospective employers with your business email or even your personal email over the company’s internet. Obviously you will need to take time off but avoid taking excessive time off during your search either.
Ask for confidentiality.
When you are applying with new organizations, go ahead and let them know you’re still employed and don’t want your current boss to know you’re searching. This is a common scenario and any business you want to work for will be happy to keep your discussions confidential – especially if you are a top candidate in their eyes or work for a current competitor.
Choose the right references.
Confidentiality also needs to extend to your references. Obviously you shouldn’t provide the names and phone numbers of your current managers or co-workers (unless they are agreeable to your job search). Instead, go back to former supervisors who would be happy to provide references for the work that you’re doing. Be sure to ask their permission and tell them about your job search ahead of time.
Be cautious of social media.
Lastly, you need to make sure you don’t post something on social media that will give anyone who may have a connection with your employer some insight into your job hunt. You may want to keep you job search of off popular tools like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to prevent your managers from seeing something too soon.
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