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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