Job Hunting While You’re Employed

It might be an awkward situation, but most of us will likely experience job searching while employed at least once in his or her career. Although it can be tricky, we have some tips to make it easier:

1. Don't talk about your intentions with your coworkers

You might have a good relationship with your colleagues but you definitely don’t want to openly discuss your job search. If you start talking about your new employment prospects, there’s no telling how far the information will spread and where it will end up. No matter how close you are, it’s best to wait until you give formal notice to your boss before you share the information.

2. Keep the search off of office time and technology

It might be tempting to send off a resume while you’re at work, but it’s best to do so outside of the office. Your employer has the ability to monitor equipment and networks owned by the company, and you don’t want to leave a record of your personal job search during office time. Use your personal device and email address for your job search communications, away from the office and outside of office hours. If you need to schedule an interview, try to do so before or after work, or during a lunch or break during the day.

3. Seek out opportunities within your current company

If you like the company you currently work for but you’re looking for more responsibility, or you want to transition into a more advanced role, take the time to seek out any internal opportunities for growth. Making your goals known to your employer can give them the opportunities to work with you on growing your role within the organization. You don’t need to say you’re looking elsewhere but you can highlight your successes and explain what your ideal jobs looks like.

4. Be cautious on social media

While you’re job searching, try to keep your communication off of any public social media accounts. If you’re looking to communicate or send your resume to a prospective employer, do so via email or a private, direct message. Social media can be a great way to connect with influential individuals in your field and feel out any job opportunities, but you don’t want to post any public status updates that indicate you’re seeking out new employment - try to keep it under wraps.

5. Your current employer may be a great reference, but only after you resign

This might seem obvious however only provide your current manager’s contact information for a reference after you resign if your job search is confidential. Your recruiter or prospective employer should only expect to contact your current employer for a reference after you have provided your notice. While you’re still employed, stick to using references from your previous jobs.

If your current boss does discover that you’re looking for employment elsewhere, it’s important to be honest about your situation. It can be awkward at first, but you should politely let he or she know there isn’t a position internally that aligns with what you need. You always want to have a positive relationship with your employer, so be professional and continue to work hard throughout your entire time with the company.

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