How to search for a job while maintaining your current one
There was a period where workers actually stayed on with an employer for a long time. Long enough to earn the famous “gold watch.” Unfortunately times have changed and that is no longer an option for the majority of the workforce. Another underlying issue is for the workers that aren’t satisfied with their current employment. Maybe they don’t feel like it’s challenging enough. Maybe they don’t feel like they have potential to move up the corporate ladder. And while most of us who are collecting unemployment benefits probably don’t feel bad for those who actually have a job, we all have been in a place where we just want to get out of where we are at and move on already. Below are some steps to take that can help you create that discretion you need to be able to both maintain your current employment and also devote time to searching for a new job. Searching for a new job is a job in and of itself, but sometimes being proactive might get you where you want to be. Just make sure you do your search wisely so you don’t lose your current job!
1. Take the time to update your current role into your resume. A potential employer needs to see what you are currently doing. Make sure you change your contact information to only your personal phone number and email address, not your work information.
2. Post your resume onto the job boards using the “hide your contact information” setting and confidential feature for your profile display. You wouldn’t want your current employer stumbling upon your resume!
3. Do not list your current manager as your reference! Only use previous employer references.
4. Use your current networking database as an attribute for your new career search. Be discerning with who you speak to though about your search. When you do speak to them, make sure you let them know you are still employed and that you are just proactively seeking a new opportunity.
5. Don’t use company time to search for openings or field phone calls. Your cubicle might not be conducive for that and your boss might notice if you’re using the conference room or going to your car too much! Better yet, search classifieds and job boards after work or on weekends.
6. Schedule interviews before or after work, so you are not missing work. The potential employer will appreciate you mentioning that you cannot interview during company hours; it displays your respect for your profession and company.
7. Tell the interviewer that you wish to remain confidential and that you wish for them not to contact anyone at your current position.
8. Never bash your current employer during the interview. Enough said. Don’t do it.
9. Don’t tell your current colleagues you are searching for a new job.
10. While speaking to potential employers, make sure you promote your capability and not necessarily your availability.
11. There are various ways to self-market yourself without jeopardizing your current employment: Post your expertise on industry-specific blogs and comment boards under articles, write articles for industry publications and online sites, create your own blog and write about what you know, and speak at industry conferences on a panel of experts.
12. Finally, keep up the hard work, focus and attitude! Maintain a balance of searching for a new job and working hard at your current job!
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