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The Employed Job-Seeker's Handbook

The Employed Job-Seeker's Handbook

In many ways it is better to search for a job while you are still employed, but doing so comes with a different set of challenges. The upside is that you the financial burden of job-hunting is lessened considerably if you are still depositing paychecks, but it does require a fair amount more tact. Today we are going to look at some tips for continuing your job search while still working your job.

Stay Quiet. You do not need to tell your current employer that you are looking for a job, especially if you are not even sure if you will find one that you’d like to work. You cannot know how your employer will take the news, and if they take it badly it can be a lot of hassle for you. So don’t tell them- but also don’t tell your co-workers or clients. The only thing worse than telling your boss that you are looking for a new job is someone else doing it for you! Until you know exactly what is going on don’t rock the boat by running your mouth.

Keep the Good Work Coming! Looking for different employment does not give you the right to check out of your current job. Do not let your work suffer. In the future you might want to use people from your current job as references, and if you stop working hard you will not be able to do so.

Ask for Confidentiality. You can list your current employer on your resume, but need to be sure that the places you are applying to work are not going to contact them (which would be even worse than a co-worker telling your boss!). This means that you should not use anyone that you are currently working with as a reference. Also, as you talk to new potential employers you need to let them know that you want this to remain confidential. Most companies will have no issue with this, but might not know to do so if you don’t give them the heads up.

Be Aware of What you Wear- If the workplace attire at your job is casual, don’t show up in a suit and tie after an interview. This goes back to keeping the good work coming, you need to work your job in the same way you would if you weren’t on the hunt.

Use Your Own Time- You cannot use company time to search for another job. This is the most treasonous misuse of company time you can do. If you need to search during the day, use your lunch break, otherwise confine your search to weekends and evenings.

Do Give Proper Notice- If you get offered a job that you want, tell your current employer immediately. The goal is always to maintain the most positive possible relationship with every employer, and proper notice is critical to maintaining that relationship. Again, don’t mention it until you know it is a reality, but as soon as you know that you are taking a new job your employer should know as well.

Though there are more factors to consider, searching for a job while still employed can be the best time to do it! If you follow this advice you will be able to continue your job search without jeopardizing your current job!