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How to approach your jobsearch when you're already employed

Looking for a new job can be stressful enough; if you’re currently in employment, it can be quite an uneasy time as you attempt to hide your job search from your current employer.


Before you start your job search, there are a few things to consider if you are still currently working.  The following tips will help you to ensure that your job search is managed correctly, preventing any difficulties that could potentials arise with your current employer.


Don’t bad mouth your employer

It’s a fairly big hint if you are bad mouthing your current manager or company.  People may guess that you are thinking about leaving



Keep your job search quiet

Sharing your decision to pursue another job with your co-workers may make you feel more comfortable.  This also put you in a position of weakness.  A co-worker could easily betray your confidence, or your boss may hear the news before you break it.  

Your boss should never be the last to know.  It’s also a good idea to keep it quiet amongst friends and family as you have no idea who they may tell.



Ask for confidentiality

During the application process, let your interviewer know that you would prefer your current employer not to be contacted before you have had a chance to talk with them first, and that you wish to keep your job search private until a final decision has been made.  Therefore, this way recruiters, can contact you in out of hours working times.



Think about interview scheduling

Many job searchers will not want their boss to know that they have an interview booked.  If you do not have any annual leave remaining, be honest with potential employers about the need for an interview before or after regular business hours.

If they must interview you around mid-day, suggest your lunch hour.  Do your best not to lie and use a ‘doctor’s appointment’ as an excuse, as suddenly taking unexplained periods of time off will cause suspicion.



Do not check out mentally

Even though you have decided to move on, continue to give your current position the attention and respect that is required.  Making little effort will leave a bad impression if you are to leave. 

Just because you have interviews lined up, doesn’t mean you are automatically guaranteed a new job.  

If your performance starts to go downhill, you may not even have your old job to fall back on.  Your salary has not been reduced, nor should your effort as long as you are employed by the company.


Don’t talk about it on social media

If you aren’t happy in your current job, and are looking for work elsewhere, don’t post this on Facebook.  It isn’t the best way for your employer to find out that you are looking for another role.

Be aware that the best places to find a job are often the worst places to post your interest

Often the worst places to post your interest.  Others can see your resume, so can your boss and colleagues.  Be aware that this can create a potentials uncomfortable situation for both you and your employer who then must look for your replacement.


Think about your wardrobe

It’s going to be noticeable if you up the ante on your dress code; your colleagues may immediately think that something is up.  Identify an alternative place to change clothes before heading to your current job.


Don’t use your current employer as a referee

Double check your CV; don’t put your current employer as a reference unless they know that you are looking for another role beforehand.


Don’t search for roles in company time

If you do get contact by a recruiter during the working day, make sure that you take the call outside, away from your colleagues, or even better, on your lunch break.

Don’t search for jobs; send out job-search related emails from your office email address.  If your current employer catches you engaging in any of these activities, you may find yourself with a lot more free time on your hands.


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