Discreet Job Seekers – How to Look for a New Job While Employed

Looking for another job while you are employed is a tricky situation. You need to do it – employers prefer to hire people who are already employed because it gives the hiring manager confidence in the person’s ability. At the same time, you don’t want your current employer to find out because that will create a very awkward situation as well. Here are some tips on how to do a job search while you are still employed.

What You Need To Know About Looking For A Job While Employed

1. Keep quiet

Refrain from sharing the news about your job search with other employees, even if you consider them good friends. If you tell anyone, odds are it will become fodder for office gossip, and word will get back to your boss.

2. Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date.

This is one of the first places hiring managers check to learn about job candidates, so make sure you have your best foot forward in your profile. Also, don’t mention in the profile that you are looking for work.

3. Ask hiring managers to keep your search confidential

Ask hiring managers not to contact your current supervisor or other employees at your company and to tell as few people as possible about your job search.

4. Be careful with references

Don’t use your supervisor or colleagues as references if you can avoid it.

5. Try to schedule interviews before or after normal work hours or during lunch.

First off, you don’t want to let your job search affect your productivity. Second, scheduling interviews during work hours may create suspicion. If you cannot avoid an interview during work, consider taking a vacation day.

6. Don’t use company devices for your job search

Many companies track employees’ Internet use, so this might give you away. The same is true for phone use. Use your own phone for job search calls (not on the company wifi though !!!).

7. Social media and job boards

Avoid talking about your job search on social media or using job boards. Again, this increases the likelihood that people at your current place of work will find out.

If you are looking for work, Opti Staffing is here for you — ready, willing and able to put you into a new career. We know what it takes to put people to work. We take the time to learn all about you, so we can help you find success with new opportunities or new employees. Give your local branch a call today.

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