Job Search Without Letting Everyone Know
Some say the advantage of job searching while you’re still employed is that you come off more appealing to employers. It leaves employers with the immediate impression that your experience and skills are still current and relevant. The disadvantage to it all is that it can be a challenge to manage time between the demands of your existing job and finding the time to work on your job search.
Another major hurdle for the employed job seeker is keeping the job search a secret. Many opt to keep it a secret from their employer to help prevent any negative impact it may have to the relationship and their employment status. If you’re finding yourself in a similar situation, here are things you can do to help ease the job search process.
Limit who you tell
For most job seekers looking for employment, you want to inform everyone you know that you’re on the market to increase the opportunities. However, when you’re employed it’d be wise to limit who you tell. Keep the information contained to your inner circle of contacts – those you trust to be careful not to expose you. The less people that know about your job search, the less likely your employer is to find out.
Make time for the job search
Holding a full-time job is hard enough, how are you going to find the time to also job search? That’s the thinking by many, but when you designate a time each day in your schedule to focus on the task you can make it happen. Either spend an hour before work or after work to hone in on employers to target and research the appropriate contact(s). Get in touch with the people who can serve as your referral to get your name in. Reaching out to your network of contacts can bring greater results than relying on the submission of your resume to a job posting without any referral. If you’re really crunched on time, use the weekend to take care of research so that your weekdays can be focused on making communication with key contacts.
Help employers and recruiters find you
There are ways you can help employers and recruiters find you without having to do much. LinkedIn offers a function called Open Candidate where your LinkedIn profile can be part of alerts that go out to employers and recruiters looking for candidates with your type of experience. The advantage is that it can be done without your current employer finding out. The alert only goes to people not associated with your employer. To find out more, read: “What Job Seekers Need to Know about LinkedIn’s Open Candidate Function.”
Maintain status quo
Even though your plans don’t include your current employer in the future, it doesn’t mean you can start slacking. Remember you want to leave your employer under good relations. Maintain professionalism on the job with proper work ethics. If you need to schedule interviews, do it without causing suspicion. Many employers and recruiters understand the situation you’re in and respect candidates who show professionalism and work ethics even while employed by someone else. If possible, request to schedule interviews during non-working hours. It may also be necessary take the day off as vacation time. Keep in mind that if you are one to rarely take time off, your employer may wonder. Be prepared to have a good reason if asked.
Other general tips
Your employer is not paying you to job search, so don’t do it while on the job. Also, you may find convenience using your employer’s telephone line, email, printer, or computer to conduct job searching activities, but don’t. Even if it’s your lunch break and your conducting such activities using your employer’s property, it’s a problem. If discovered, it could lead to an immediate termination. The prospective employer seeing you use the company email or phone line will also question your professionalism. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people take the risk and do it anyway.
Job searching can be a lengthy process, but applying these tips you can better manage the process while still employed. And with a well-written resume, you’ll soon have your dream job in your hands. For more tips to resume writing, read: “Resume Writing Tips To Get Employers Calling You.”