How to Find a New Job and Not Burn Any Bridges

Sometimes, the job you have isn’t the job you want. Whether you don’t get along with your boss, you don’t see promotion on the horizon, or you simply don’t like the hours, your current role may not be the right fit for you.

In this case, you may want to find a new job. You may also be uncertain where to begin without jeopardizing the professional relationships you already have.

To find a new job while preserving old relationships:

1. Don’t search for jobs while at work.

Many companies track employee computer use, which means your Google search for “new jobs in Minnesota” or the fact that you’ve completely overhauled your LinkedIn profile may not stay secret for long. Even if your employer doesn’t track your Internet use, seeking a new job on company time is a poor ethical choice that can cost you a reference if discovered.

Instead, tackle the job search before and after work or on the weekends. You can seek a new job without risking your current employment relationships.

2. Never speak badly about your current employer.

When you interview for a potential new position, the hiring manager will likely know about your current job. For instance, your resume may indicate that you’re still working at your current position.

The hiring manager may ask why you want to leave the job you have. Focus on crafting an answer that emphasizes your strengths and looks to the future. For instance, “I’m looking for a long-term relationship with a company that will support my career goals” sounds forward-looking and professional. “My current boss hates me and refuses to give me a promotion” sounds as if you’re blaming others for your current situation.

In many ways, the work world is smaller than you realize. Any badmouthing of your current employer not only reflects poorly on you during an interview, but your employer may hear of it – costing you a professional relationship.

3. Work with a recruiter.

Recruiters can do many of the tasks involved in the job search discreetly, while you focus on work. For instance, a recruiter can maintain confidentiality while still recommending you to potential new employers.

At THE RIGHT STAFF, LLC, our Minnesota-based recruiters can help connect you to great new jobs in a discreet and professional manner. We can help you leave your old position with professionalism and grace, and start your new career strong. Contact us today to learn more.

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