How to Search for a Job While Still Employed

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It’s always better to be employed and searching for a job than unemployed and searching for a job. But how do you make the most of your limited time while also keeping up with your obligations at work? Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you take a step upwards while avoiding the uncertainty of having no job.

Keep Your Intentions Private

Some companies have a policy of firing employees who are actively searching for a new job. And even if you are allowed to stay on, your relationship with your boss and coworkers could be strained. That’s why it’s always better to keep your intentions to yourself, and to carefully consider the consequences if you choose to tell anyone.

Look for Jobs in Your Off Hours

It’s not fair to your current employer to waste the time they’re paying you for. Plus, looking for a job while on the job makes it harder to keep things discreet. Keep your current responsibilities and your job search completely separate. Conduct your job search on your own time, only use your personal computer and phone, and make sure any professional contact knows to contact you at home.

Distribute Your Resume Carefully

It’s generally a bad idea to post your resume to job boards or send it out in mass. This strategy is usually ineffective anyway, and it simply increases the chance that your boss will get wind of your plan. Also, if you use social networks for professional networking, carefully vet what you post, and make sure that sensitive information can’t filter back to your current employer.

Don’t Disparage Your Current Employer

If you are called in for an interview, stay positive about your current employer. Bad-mouthing them doesn’t reflect positively on you. There are ways to describe why you are leaving while still framing your time with the company as worthwhile and professionally formative.

Check Your List of References

Make sure that your current boss or supervisor is not on your list of references, and check that any of the names that do remain aren’t somehow linked to where you work now. If you must have a reference from your current job, consider enlisting a trusted coworker, or someone else that has left the company.

Emphasize Your Employment

You might be tempted to conclude that it’s easier to simply hide the fact that you’re currently employed and sidestep all the potential problems. But many studies have shown that hiring managers have a positive bias to the currently employed. It helps frame you as valuable, relevant, and professionally competent, so don’t keep it a secret.

One final strategy to consider is working with a recruiter. They can help you maintain a strict level of discretion and assist you to condense a full-time job search into your busy schedule. Contact the talented staffing specialists at JH Technical Services to get started.

 

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