The best time to look for a job is when you are currently employed. However, searching for a job while you are working can be tricky. It is important to keep your search confidential, so that your employer has no reason to let you go before you are ready. Use these tips to find a job without your employer knowing you are on the hunt.
“You’re allowed to change jobs because you’re the boss of you! Stay smart and never burn a bridge because you want your employer to be a reference for life. Handle it the right way with sufficient notice and training your replacement if possible. Do not speak unkind of your current employer.” Says Sharon Tsao, CMO, Contemporary Staffing Solutions.
Keep Your Lips Sealed
Even if you think your coworkers are trustworthy, keep your lips zipped. The only way to guarantee a confidential search is to keep it confidential. You may think someone is a trustworthy friend, only to find out the entire office knows your plans by lunchtime.
Use References From Previous Jobs
In order to keep your search under wraps, resist the urge to use your boss or coworkers as references. If your boss hears from a potential new employer that you’re looking for a job, you could end up in hot water.
Stay Off Company Technology
Do not use your company computer, printer, phone, internet, etc. in any aspect of your job search. Most companies track your browsing and email habits and some may also track phone usage. Keep all communication confined to your personal devices so you cannot be found out or accused of misusing company assets for personal business.
Don’t Post Your Resume On Job Boards
If you publicly post your resume on common job boards, odds are high that someone in your company will find it – and it could be your ticket to an awkward conversation or even to being let go. Also avoid talking about your job search on social media and make sure you are careful about what you post to LinkedIn.
Be Honest With The Hiring Manager
Let recruiters and hiring managers know that you haven’t discussed a potential move with your boss yet and that you are keeping your search confidential. Ask them to please not contact your current employer and explain you may only be reachable before work, at lunch, or after work. They will understand your situation and will respect your boundaries.
Do Not Act Differently At Work
Don’t mentally check-out at work while you look for a job. Maintain the same quality of work so that you can part with your employer on good terms. Also take care not to dress differently if you have a job interview. If you normally come to work in jeans but show up one day in a suit and claim to have a “doctor’s appointment,” people will know what you’re up to. If need be, change in the car or in a public restroom on the way to your interview.
Work With A Recruiter
Recruiters are experts at running confidential job searches. They work with candidates every day who are currently employed, and they understand the need to keep a search private.