Do you wake up each morning and think to yourself, “I need a new job”?
Ready to head in a new direction?
Getting tired of your boring job or heavy workload?
Have a bad boss?
It’s time to find yourself a new career, but don’t put in your two weeks’ notice just yet.
Most employment experts suggest that you begin your job search while you’re still employed.
However, you’ll have to be careful.
Looking For A Job While Still Employed… Carefully
Keep it quiet
As much as it might feel nice to vent to your coworkers and tell your work-friends that you’re looking for a new job, keep it as secret as possible.
If you tell one person, you never know who else they might tell.
Why keep it a secret?
If your boss finds out that you are searching for a new job, they might assume that you already have one foot out the door.
Some bosses might even see it almost as an act of treason!
If you work in certain fields, there might even be a policy to terminate you, leaving you without a steady paycheck while you continue your job search.
Networking… with a twist
Use your contacts to your advantage, especially if your current career allows you to meet a wide variety of folks or business people in the field where you’d like to work.
That doesn’t mean you should run up to every person you know and shout, “I need a new job!”
While you’re talking to someone, ask them about their workplace.
Leave hints, like mentioning what your dream job would be or talking about skills you have that you wish you were able to use more often.
Use your discretion about how open you want to be with someone.
Again, you’ll want to keep things quiet in case word gets back to your current employer.
At the same time, networking can help you make a good impression and let other employers know that you might soon be on the market.
Update your resume and your LinkedIn profile
You probably haven’t updated your resume since you applied for your current job!
Take a moment to think of all the new skills you learned and your present-day responsibilities.
Add it to your resume.
While you’re at it, update that LinkedIn profile and any others you might have.
Apply and interview during non-work hours
Be smart about how and when you’re searching for your new job.
Never apply online from your work computer.
Don’t send job search related emails from your work inbox. Use your personal email and your home computer.
Your company’s IT department can tell if you are browsing job search sites. They likely are also able to see the contents of your work email and who you are sending emails to.
Even if you don’t have a security or IT department who would notice these things, you can still be caught the old-fashioned way. Someone could walk by your computer and see what’s on your screen or see a resume file saved on your desktop.
Ask anyone who interviews you to be discreet
Once you snag an interview, be honest with your interviewer about the situation.
Because companies generally prefer to hire people who are currently employed, they should be understanding.
Ask them to keep it quiet.
Let them know not to call your current boss or coworkers for references.
Keep your work ethic
Just because you’ve come to the conclusion that “I need a new job!” doesn’t mean that you have that job yet.
Even if you know you no longer want to work for a company, keep your head out of the clouds.
As long as your workplace is paying you, you owe it to them to provide the work that they pay you for.
Don’t become complacent or you might find yourself fired for slacking off!
You also don’t want to burn any bridges. Remain as professional as possible, even if you don’t enjoy your current workplace anymore.
You never know who you might end up working with again, so keep fulfilling your duties and treat everyone as though you might work with them again.
Don’t raise alarms
If you have an interview scheduled for your lunch hour or for after work, don’t dress any differently.
If you don’t usually wear a suit and tie or a blazer at your current job, your boss will smell something fishy if you suddenly dress up.
Instead, bring the clothes with you and change somewhere else or stop by your house to change before the interview.
Also, be mindful about what you post on social media.
Many employers track what you say online, and you wouldn’t want your current company to see you saying things like “I need a new job” or “I’m so excited for tomorrow’s interview!”
Just because a job interview went well does not necessarily mean they will offer you the position.
Just like your mom told you… don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched.
Don’t put in your notice until you know that you have another career lined up.
Searching for a job can take a while.
Think about how much spare time you have before or after work to search for and apply for jobs.
Come up with a goal and stick to it.
Even if your job search takes longer than you expected, you’ll be happier in the end when you find your dream job!
Remember: Treat your job search like it’s your job.
Put the time and effort into it and it will pay off in the end.
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You’ve got this!