Starting a new job search can be a daunting task, but it’s even more difficult when you’re still employed and working a full-time job. You don’t want to burn any bridges, but you also have a personal obligation to start looking for a new position or your next opportunity. How can you do both without putting your current job at risk? In this blog post, we will discuss tips for finding a new job while employed without ruining the relationship between you and your current employer!
Your Current Job: Use Discretion
The most important thing to remember when starting a new job search while employed is discretion. You don’t want your boss or co-workers to know that you’re hunting for new jobs, because it could jeopardize your current position.
Unless your current employer has warned you that there are upcoming layoffs and has approved the use of company time for job hunting, you will have to make your next steps stealthy. If your current boss finds out that you’re looking for a new job or looking at job sites using company resources, they may start thinking about ways to replace you.
Use your own devices for job hunting
As a job seeker, it’s important to use only your personal devices when searching for job listings or looking for your next job while still at your current company. That means no using your work computer or cell phone to visit job boards to review new job postings or to schedule interviews, connect with people in your industry, or anything else related to your job hunt.
If you’re caught using company equipment for anything other than work-related tasks, you could be in for some trouble with your current employer.
Make job-related calls away from the office
If you need to make any phone calls related to your job search, do so away from the office. That way, there’s no chance of anyone overhearing your conversation and becoming suspicious about what you’re up to. You’ll also want to stay away from using company email addresses or phone numbers, when contacting a new company about a job opening.
Watch your history on search engines
If you’re conducting your job search online, be careful about what you search for and how often. Your current employer may be monitoring your internet activity, so it’s best to keep any potential employers out of sight. Try using a private browser window when conducting your job hunt, or clearing your cookies and browsing history regularly.
Be discreet when meeting with recruiters
If you’ve been contacted by a recruiter or someone from a potential employer, be discreet when meeting with them. Again, this is something that should be done away from the office and not during work hours, so plan ahead and schedule smartly. When it comes to finding a new job while employed, discretion is key. By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to landing your dream job in no time – without putting your current position at risk.
Be aware of your attire
Consider what you wear to your current job before or after an interview. If it’s a suit and tie and you normally show up to work in a polo and slacks, people will notice that difference in your style – even if your co workers don’t care or know why, this is important. You’ll want to consider bringing a change of clothes with you to change into for your interview or stopping at home beforehand to change into something more business friendly. So make sure to plan ahead!
Start Networking Immediately
Networking is one of the best ways to be better at job searches, and it’s especially helpful when you’re still employed at your current job. The people you meet through networking can help connect you with opportunities that you may not have otherwise known about.
There’s a lot of different and helpful ways to get your name out there. You can attend industry networking events, connect with other job seekers on major job boards, join LinkedIn and Facebook professional network groups, or even start chatting with your current co workers who may be in different parts of the company, connected to other businesses, and know of open positions elsewhere.
Update your social media accounts
Your social media accounts are a great way for a potential employer to learn more about you, so make sure they’re up-to-date and showcase your professional accomplishments. And don’t forget to share your own work online – this can help potential employers see what you’re capable of.
Your LinkedIn profile is a particularly important account to keep updated, as most hiring managers and prospective employers use it while actively searching for possible candidates. Follow companies and organizations that you’re interested in working for, as well as career-related hashtags on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Use Your Time Wisely
It can be tough to balance job searching with your current workload while you’re still at your current full time job, we get it. When you’re not at work or on company time, use that time to focus on your job search. Dedicate a few hours each night or during your lunch hour or you can even take a personal day to start visiting job boards, tailoring your public resume online, networking with people in your industry, and so on.
Create a great resume
Your resume is one of the most important tools you have when looking for new employment opportunities. It’s your first impression to a prospective employer, so make sure it’s up-to-date and tailored to the type of new position you’re seeking. You want potential employers to know that you’re looking for a job and exactly what you’re capable of. Having the best resume around will make the selection process for potential employers that much easier!
Do you need a little help creating the perfect resume to get you your dream job? Not to worry! Check out our blog article: How to Write a Good Resume and Cover Letter: The Ultimate Guide now and start on your way to a better position!
Use former employers as references
Collecting and wading through references is a standard procedure for most hiring managers. They are more than happy to receive any contact information for previous employers and conduct informational interviews. These are usually quick phone interviews to get some basic knowledge about your previous job and past jobs.
It can sometimes be tough to stay positive while you’re on the job hunt, but it’s important to stay optimistic and focused on your goals. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear back from a company after applying or if you go on a few interviews and don’t get the job. It happens to everyone and it’s all a part of the process. Just keep up the good work at your current job, continue to peruse job postings and check job sites; pushing forward and staying focused. You’re on an entrepreneurial journey!
Don’t Stop Working
It can be tough to focus on your job search when you’re also trying to maintain your current job, but it’s important not to stop working altogether. Continue doing your best at work and putting in the time and effort, things will work out. These are just a few tips to help you get started on your job search while employed. Just remember to stay focused and optimistic, and don’t stop working altogether. You’ll find the perfect job in no time!
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Looking for a job can be a full-time job in and of itself, but it’s important to stay organized and focused while you’re doing it. We hope that these tips help you in your job search while employed. Check back soon for more career advice and guidance from the Finding.Careers team. Happy job hunting!