Did you know that job candidates that are currently employed are more desirable that those who are not. Employers seem to believe you are more qualified if you are currently employed, but this article is not about discussing the psychology of employers. Rather, we want to keep our focus on the insider tips and secrets to job hunting and employment searches without your current employer finding out.
There are a lot of career news, advice, and employment opinions about keeping your job search objectives from your current employer, especially during the early stages or at least until you start lining up new work assignments or gain prospective on your current industry demand or job market for those new employment opportunities.
It has been said, you should not inform your current employer that you are looking for a new job, doing so my place both of you in a difficult position. Your current employer could start to seek a replacement for you as soon as possible. If your current employer finds a replacement before you’ve found a job, then you could find yourself unemployed before you find another job, especially if you give notice prematurely. Telling your current employer about your current job search might burn your bridges if you decide to stay. It is wise to keep your job search a secret until you are successful in finding another job.
If you do not want your employer to find out that you are looking for a new job, then it is wise not to use your work email or phone number for the search. No one is suggesting that your employer will spy on you, but keep your work phone and email for work related activities.
On that same note, do not search for jobs while you are on the clock. Even when it seems convenient, one should be wary of job searching while you are on the job. Your employer is not paying you to do that, so don’t. If you have limited resources, consider job searching on off hours but make sure you are not violating any company resource misuse policies. Consider taking a personal day off or you can spend your lunch break searching if you have the ability for some privacy. However, it is simply not a good idea to job search or write your resume when you are supposed to be working. Try to use your own time.
Office politics, disgruntled employees, or “how dare they” attempt to succeed or improve their career potential. Let’s face it, people talk. If you are job searching and you are still employed at your current job, do not tell your coworkers that you are looking for a job. Avoid posting or broadcasting about your job search on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, or other social networking sites. If you can, try to use former coworkers as references instead of current coworkers.
People are nosey. In your effort to keep your job search secret from your coworkers, avoid having phone conversations in front of them about your job. Be sure that no one can over hear you. Many online employment sites, job boards, or career development sites allow you to block parts or all of your resume information online. If you are concerned the human resources (HR) or your boss will stumble upon your resume online, consider using these privacy options offered by these services.
Lastly, be careful about dressing up for interviews. Suddenly dressing sharply for lunch time interviews will cause suspicion among your coworkers and your boss. You might have to be prepared for a quick clothing change before and after your interview. Being cautious will help you to find opportunities for advancing your career with minimal chances of losing your current job or creating any uncomfortable situation with your current job.