We’ve all been told “you’re way more employable while you have a job” but the balancing act of finding, applying and interviewing for new roles while turning up to work as usual every day can be a real challenge!
Here are 7 tips to help you avoid getting caught job hunting whilst employed:
1. Use your own time
Don’t let searching for a new job affect your performance where you work right now. Limit your hunt to lunchtimes and non-working hours.
As determined as you are to find a new role, if you get caught using your company computer, phone or network to job search, you could end up having a very awkward conversation with your current boss.
We added a button to our website that will quickly load a blank Google search page and hide our site from unexpected onlookers!
2. Be subtle with LinkedIn edits
Firstly, turn notifications off so your entire network doesn’t get alerted to the fact you’re making multiple updates!
Recruiters or potential employers will check out your LinkedIn profile before getting in touch about a new role, or considering any applications you’ve made, so make sure it’s updated with your current skills and relevant information.
Try to be subtle with any edits you do make, as dramatic changes to your profile could give your current boss and colleagues a heads up that you’re in the midst of a job hunt.
3. Book interviews for outside of work hours
Recruiters and potential employers should be flexible about interview appointments if they want to meet you, especially if you make them aware of your need for discretion.
Try your best to book breakfast, lunchtime or after-work slots for interviews. If these aren’t possible, sacrifice a day of annual leave before resorting to the classic “doctor’s appointment” as there are only so many times you can use it!
4. Be careful with references
Don’t include your current boss as a reference when applying for new roles. Even if they absolutely love you and would give a glowing review, you’ll want to dodge the risk of them being contacted before you’ve let them know you’re leaving.
Reference checks are usually reserved for the last step in the process, so you shouldn’t need to provide them until you have been offered a new job.
5. Get stealthy
Turning up to work in a suit when you’re usually mega-casual is guaranteed to turn heads and raise suspicions that you have an interview booked in for later, or that you just came from one.
Pack your secret outfit and find a place outside of work to change into it. Unless you’re like Clark Kent or Peter Parker and love to layer (how does Clark hide his cape?)
6. Ask recruiters/employers to be discreet
While it’s often assumed that you’re trying to be discreet about your job hunt, there’s no harm in letting recruiters and hiring managers know that you want to keep your search secret.
7. Keep it to yourself
It is really, really exciting when you get invited to interview for the job of your dreams but please resist the urge to tell anyone at work. It’s not worth the risk of the wrong person finding out.
Even if you get the amazing news of a job offer, wait until it’s official and all the paperwork is signed before letting anyone know, or hiring a brass band to parade around the office with (never do that).
Ready to put these tips into action and find a new role?
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