Currently working for one employer while looking for another? You’re not alone. Every month, thousands of people search for new jobs while still working at their old ones. For each of them, the challenge is to perform an effective job search without the ability to devote their full-time attention to it – and without their co-workers finding out until the time is right.
Whether you’re clashing with your current boss, have heard you’re about to be downsized, or simply want career opportunities that lie somewhere else, job hunting while employed may be a necessity. Here are seven ways to make it a success.
- Find ways to enjoy your current job. The promise of a new opportunity can make your current daily routine look dull by comparison. But letting your performance flag now could lose you the glowing recommendation you deserve from your current employer. Keep a positive attitude at your “now” job as you look for your “new” job.
- Use your own tools and time. Do your job-searching when you’re not on the clock, and do it without using the company’s computers, phones, or fax machine. You’ll keep your search off the company’s radar more easily, and you’ll be able to focus better when you’re not searching in a state of paranoia.
- Dress normally. If interview attire isn’t the standard at your current job, and you show up in a nice suit, your coworkers will notice. Wear your regular work clothes to the office, and find a place to change when you head to interviews.
- Keep your present employer off your references list. Even if you think your current employer would have nothing but praise for your work, consider asking prospective employers not to talk to your current employer. Instead, include a copy of a recommendation or endorsement from your boss or a colleague.
- Keep it to yourself. Most job-seekers know to avoid talking about the job hunt with their colleagues – but it’s important to keep discussion of your job search off social media as well. Even if your coworkers or boss aren’t connected to you on Facebook or Twitter, they may read your feed – and assume the worst.
- Interview during non-work hours whenever you can. Try to interview at times when you’re not supposed to be at your current job. If you absolutely cannot avoid interviewing during a work day, consider taking a personal day or vacation day.
- Work with a recruiter. Your recruiter can help you maximize the value of the precious few job-search hours you have by directing you to companies that will value your skills and abilities. Your recruiter can also help you conduct your job search more discreetly.
At THE RIGHT STAFF, LLC, our experienced recruiters will maintain your confidentiality while helping you find the right new employer. Contact us today to learn more or browse our great job opportunities in the Twin Cities.