Employed? Looking for a new job? According to some recruiting professionals, that fact might make you more attractive to potential employers, as employers want the best possible hires, often those who already are employed. However, trying to balance your current role, while also seeking your next career opportunity is a slippery slope. You must perform in your current role to prevent any suspicions, but also put your best foot forward in your job search. Staying under the radar to prevent jeopardizing your current role is difficult. To avoid any possible obstacles, check out some of our top do’s and do nots.
- Schedule Interviews for Non-Work Hours: Try to plan your interviews to not conflict with your work schedule. You can only have so many “doctor’s appointments” before it becomes suspicious. Most potential employers are understanding that a job search while currently employed must be kept a secret. Many are accommodating and are willing to allow you to interview before or after your work hours. If times do not line up, consider taking a vacation day, as you may lose those days once you leave your current role.
- Update Your LinkedIn: Keep your LinkedIn complete and updated with your roles and skill set. This will optimize your potential to be found in a recruiter’s search. While making your status “Seeking New Opportunities…” is not recommended, LinkedIn is great for networking as a whole. Maintaining and growing your professional network is positive for your current employer too.
- Network: Networking in your industry is a benefit whether you are searching for a new role or not. Connect with old contacts and attend industry events. Your new role could be one degree of separation away.
- Perform Well at Your Current Job: It is imperative to continue to give your full effort at your current position. Any change in performance would raise red flags.
- Talk to Coworkers about Your Search: Word can travel fast, especially in smaller companies and departments. Whether you have strong friendships with your coworkers or not, try to keep your job search quiet in the office. It may affect how you are treated in the office and could prematurely remove you from your current role.
- Dress Out of Character: If your office dress code is casual, red flags will go off if you go to work in business professional attire. Instead, keep a change of clothes in your car to alleviate any suspicions.
- Use Company Technology to Search for Opportunities: Companies often have the capabilities to track your usage on their technology. Therefore, it is safest to use your personal cell phone or computer to conduct your searches.
- Talk Down about Your Current Employer: Even if you are having a truly negative experience at your current job, take the high road and avoid talking poorly about your current employer. Staying positive will put you in a more positive light. You never know how many degrees of separation are between your current company and your new potential employer.
- Mention Your Job Search on Social Media: You never know whose feed or eyes a post will appear. Keep your social media clean of any job interest postings to keep your options open and your current employer on your side.
- Post Your Resume on Job Boards: If your current employer is hiring, your resume could be considered a match for one of those roles. Feel free to apply for jobs on job boards and other websites, but avoid posting your resume online for recruiters to find.
Once you’ve found your new position, it is important to leave your role on good terms. Leave your current role in a professional manner, as you never know when you might need to be in contact with the company again for references or joint projects. Burning bridges will only hurt you professionally, no matter what your experience as an employee was. You should also give a notice in writing of your departure with necessary time noted. This will assist your current company by allowing them to have the time to find your replacement and, possibly, train the new hire.