Job Searching While Employed – Stay Under the Radar

September 21st, 2012

We all know sometimes it is necessary to keep a job even if the situation is not ideal. At the same time, looking for a job while working can put you at risk of violating company policy and being fired if your employer finds out. There are best practices when it comes to searching for a job while still employed. Here are several suggestions to make your job search easier and more discreet.

  • Expand your network on line. It isn’t unusual for individuals to build up their LinkedIn networks even while they are working. LinkedIn a personal profile, but it is common to use them for networking for your current employer. Do everything that LinkedIn suggests to make your profile 100% complete including adding a photo and asking for recommendations.
  • Face to face networking events. Don’t discount in-person events. Even if you don’t explicitly state that you are looking for a job it is always good to meet as many people you can and build your network. The more people you have in your web the more opportunities you have in the future.
  • Don’t be public about your intentions. It is best not to announce that you are looking for a new job on any public or even semi-public social networking sites. Even if you mentioned it casually on your Facebook page you just can’t control how people are going to respond.
  • Don’t respond to confidential ads. The chance of a confidential post on Monster or Career Builder being from your current employer is slim; but the possibility exists and taking the risk can put you in an awkward position. Only apply to jobs where you can research the company before sending your resume.
  • Don’t go to job fairs. Trying your luck at a job fair just to see what is out there is a precarious proposition. Job fairs in your town are likely to attract many of the largest employers including clients and competition of your current company.
  • Don’t expect your coworkers to keep your secret. Lots of people say, or think, they can keep a secret. It simply isn’t worth finding out the hard way that someone can’t. Don’t talk about your job search while you are on the job.
  • Chose your references wisely. As you provide references to interviewers, you want to make sure that you control the message. Talk with your network of previous employers and coworkers to manage the process. Don’t even provide a phone number to your current employer and you can even politely ask that they not contact them until after you’ve given notice.

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Job Postings – What They Say and What They Mean

October 14th, 2011

Any experienced job-seeker knows them when she sees them: the common phrases and buzzwords found in virtually all job postings and descriptions. Not surprisingly, there’s a gap between what the job description says and what it really means. The language may look like English, but in reality it’s a strange brew of jargon and catch-phrases that may have different meanings, depending on the circumstances.

Here’s a brief run-down of some of the most frequently encountered phrases, along with tips on how to make them work for you.

Experience required. Many job descriptions include this phrase, without any specific information on exactly how much experience they’re talking about. Some job-hunting experts suggest this should be interpreted as a minimum of three years.

Willing to work independently. Sounds attractive, right? Well, be careful. It could actually mean anything from “We’re not sure what the job entails” to “You’ll have to learn what to do on your own.” This is probably best suited for a person who enjoys the challenge of succeeding without anyone’s help.

Fast-paced, challenging environment. Could this mean “There’s chaos here and no one knows what’s going on”? It’s safe to assume the position requires a candidate who works well under pressure and can juggle multiple projects without losing focus. At some point, you’ll want to determine if “fast-paced” means a healthy production schedule or widespread confusion.

Working knowledge. This one is fairly straightforward. The employer desires specific skills and abilities; if you’re interested, be prepared to offer evidence that you have what they’re looking for.

Opportunities for growth. New companies and start-ups often include this phrase in their job description. They may be operating on a shoestring budget and hoping an interested candidate will look past a less-than-desirable starting salary, in exchange for the chance to move up the ladder. This could be a great opportunity for the ambitious job-seeker.

Perform other tasks as needed and Some overtime required. Both of these phrases suggest a work environment involving hard work and long hours. That’s not a bad thing, of course, especially if you thrive on new challenges and opportunities for growth. (And you can be reasonably sure that’s the kind of person the employer is looking for.) It may also mean the job duties haven’t yet been clearly defined and that, if hired, you may be called upon to help shape the ultimate position.

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