The Do’s and Don’ts for Job Searching while Employed

Although some people are fortunate enough to be continuously challenged and happy in their current role, others sometimes hit a dead end professionally. If you’ve hit this point in your career where you are dissatisfied, it’s best to land a new job while you are still employed. However, job searching while still employed is a tough and stressful challenge, and of course you have to be careful that you handle things properly. Here are some do’s and don’ts for searching for a new job while you’re still working.

DO be careful what you post.

Your first initial thought may be to post on social media that you’re looking for a new job. It’s all about connections and who you know, right? Although it’s normally great to get the word out that you’re looking while unemployed, this really isn’t an option when you’re still employed. Word will easily get back to your current employer, jeopardizing your job. It’s also too risky to post your resume on popular sites such as Monster and Indeed. However, there are still ways to get your information out there without making it so public. Update your LinkedIn and send private messages. Another great solution is to utilize a staffing agency. Staffing agencies will ensure that your job search remains confidential, while still helping you get your resume out there.

DO schedule interviews appropriately.

When scheduling interviews, let the interviewer know that you are currently working. Ideally, they’ll be able to meet you before/after work, or on your lunch break. However, you’ll probably have to sacrifice a personal day or two, but be mindful that too many “doctor appointments” can get fishy.

DO treat it like a second job.

Don’t let your job search take away from your current work responsibilities. It’s important that you still stay focused at work because you do want to leave on a good note. You don’t want their last impression of you to be that you really slacked off towards the end or acted as if you didn’t care. It’s going to feel as if you have a second job during the job search process, but if a change is needed in your professional life, remember that this extra work will be worth it.

DON’T tell your boss.

Some people are lucky enough to be BFFs with their boss. No matter what your relationship is with your boss and coworkers, it’s never a good idea to let them know that you’re looking for a new job. This news could really throw them off guard, causing them to immediately start looking for your replacement. Your job search may take you longer than you would have hoped, and if they know that you are looking, you could be the next person to get fired.

DON’T use your current employer’s equipment for your job search.

Job searching at work is not only unethical, but it’s also risky. Most companies have the ability to track your internet search history and call logs on company equipment. Even if you use your personal cell phone to talk to a potential employer while at work, there’s a good chance someone will overhear you. Remember not to give out your work email address out of habit either. Your personal email is the only email that should be used for job search purposes.

DON’T show up to work in a suit.

If your office dresses casually, you will stick out like a sore thumb if you show up in your interview attire. Bring a change of clothes, and find somewhere secretive to change before/after the interview.

DON’T list current coworkers as references.

Again, let the interviewer know that you are currently employed so they know that they cannot contact your last/present employer as a reference. This may be a challenge if you haven’t had many other employers, but you don’t want to put your current job on the line.

Your happiness should be put first. If you are unhappy in your current role, let us help you get started with your confidential job search today.