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Tips for looking for a Job while you still have one

August 25, 2010
Looking for work while you still have a job?  You’re not alone.  In fact, that’s probably the best way to transition … if you can.  It’s been said lately that job candidates who are currently working are more desirable than those who are unemployed.  Sounds sad, but employers want what they want.  If they think that someone else wants you, then maybe they might want you as well.  Unfortunately, looking for a job while you have one can be very tricky.  You don’t want your boss to know you’re thinking about leaving, even if you’ve been given notice that your days are numbered.  They could start looking for your replacement before you are ready to go, leaving you out in the cold, and out of work.  With this current market, you have no way of knowing when, and even if, your job search will be successful.  You don’t want to lose your job before you find a new one.  Here are some simple tips for looking for a new job while you are currently employed.

1. Don’t Discuss your Job Search with your Co-Workers  

I know you want to, at least to a few of your friends, right?  Don’t do it.  If you want your job search to remain a secret, don’t talk about it.  You can’t expect others to keep your secret if you can’t.

2. Don’t use Any of your Work Resources, such as Telephone, Email, Stationary, etc. to Job Search

Employers sometimes monitor phone calls, and email.  Use a personal email account, at home if possible, and use your cell phone away from the office on your break, during lunch time, outside, in a conference room, etc.

3. Don’t Job Hunt on your Boss’s Time

Even if you’ve gotten your notice, your boss is still paying you to work for him.  Take care of his stuff first.  If you must, use your own time, such as your break time, or lunch hour, to do anything related to your job search.  If you have to, come in early, or stay late to make up the time.

4. Make your Job Search Related Phone Calls away from the Office

Don’t make job search, informational, or interview related calls in an area where someone may overhear you.  Some suggestions might be to step outside, go to the cafeteria, or use a conference room.

5. Schedule Interviews before or after Work, or at Lunchtime

If you leave the office during the day, your boss, and co-workers may become suspicious.  If a prospective employer can’t interview you during a particular time, take a personal day off.  Don’t take off too many days though.  Your current boss is paying you to be at the office to tend to his issues.

6. Be Careful about how you Dress

If you normally dress casually for work, and then suddenly come into the office dressed up for a job interview, your boss, and co-workers may be suspicious.  You may have to find someplace to do change clothes before going back to your current position.

7. Use Former Employers as References

Explaining to a prospective employer that you can’t, or shouldn’t use your current employer as a job reference because you want to keep your job search confidential for now should not harm your chances of getting a job offer.
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