Looking for a new job while you’re still employed has its pros and cons. On one hand, currently employed candidates are more desirable to recruiters and hiring managers because they are perceived as more “in-demand.” Plus, job searching is much less stressful when you still have a steady paycheck. On the other hand, if your employer finds out about your job search, you run the risk of losing the job you currently have.
How can you find a new job while you’re still employed elsewhere? Follow these five tips:
Don’t job search in the office
Searching for another job while at work can be tempting. You could use the extra time to tweak your resume, write some cover letters, or scour internet job boards for the perfect opportunity. But job searching at work comes with more risk than reward. You should assume your employer is reviewing your internet history, so any visits to CareerBuilder, Indeed or Monster will raise a red flag. Also, you never know who could come by your desk at any moment. You wouldn’t want to be revising your resume only to have your boss walk up behind you. The best thing you can do is continue to do your current job well and leave the job search for after work.
Keep it Quiet
Although you may be eager to share your plans for a new job, be careful who you tell. While it’s generally OK to let your spouse or family members know you’re looking for a new job, it’s best to keep your job search from coworkers and acquaintances. As they say, loose lips sink ships — and even the most well-intentioned co-worker could accidentally let your secret out. If your boss finds out you’re looking to jump ship, your job could be in jeopardy. The best thing you can do is keep your job search quiet — only telling those who need to know — so no one at work finds out.
Keep it Confidential
While conducting your job search, let potential employers know that you’d like to keep it confidential. While most employers will infer from your resume that your search is confidential since you’re still employed, you should mention it anyway. A cover letter or initial phone interview are good times to tell them your search is confidential. Also, be careful who you give your resume to. A potential employer could have a relationship with your current employer, so do your best to determine if there could be a conflict before you start handing out your resume. And refrain from posting your resume to public job boards like CareerBuilder or Indeed — you never know who might see it.
There’s a reason you’re looking for a new job: maybe you want more money, better benefits, somewhere to grow your career, or maybe you’re just plain fed up. Bottom line, you’re unhappy where you’re at. Don’t let anger or frustration with your current employer drive your behavior. After all, you still need the job you have until you find a new one. It’s important that you keep a positive attitude at work and don’t bad mouth your current employer to potential employers or coworkers.
Work with a Recruiter
As mentioned earlier, recruiters actually prefer employed candidates over unemployed candidates. Employed candidates are seen as more desirable to potential employers and they will request those types of candidates when working with a recruiting firm like Morgan Hunter.
Recruiters are also a great resource for confidential job searches. They are there to do the legwork for you, letting you focus on your current job while they work to find you a new opportunity. And when it comes time to send you on some interviews, they will be sensitive to the fact that you need to work around your current job.
If you’re ready to work with a recruiter, contact Morgan Hunter. During our 30 years in business, we’ve been able to develop an extensive network of employers in Kansas City. We’ve helped thousands of candidates find a new job while they were employed elsewhere. Check out some of our job seeker resources, search our jobs, or contact us today.