What’s the Best Way to Look For a Job When You Already Have One?
It is difficult to look for a job without compromising the one you have now. The main reason why it is tough is because you struggle to find the privacy that you need to take calls from recruiters/hiring managers while at your current workplace.
After all, your current organization probably has rules that forbid the use of company resources for anything personal. Your company would be even more annoyed if the resources were being used for a job search. Thus, it is vital that you do not use your current company’s phones, conference rooms, or computers for the purpose of securing a job. However, you can leave for your scheduled breaks and use personal tools outside of the office to find your better job.
Hiring companies and recruiters are aware that you are following your present company’s policies and understand your firm commitment to follow your responsibilities at work as well as you possibly can. By adhering to your current employer’s protocol and following your business ethics, you will certainly gain the respect of those recruiters and hiring managers. Following policy is appealing and a breach of ethics definitely turns off potential employers.
Another motivating factor to make you stick to the rules is that if you conduct your job search in an acceptable manner, even your current organization will be a future reference that you can utilize effectively. Do not engage in risky behavior and keep in mind that there should not be any secrets in your work environment.
Now that you understand how important it is to command a job search in an ethical manner, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while you begin the process. Follow these do’s and don’ts to undertake successfully a job search while still being employed:
1. Be honest with recruiters.
Be direct and honest with your recruiters and hiring managers. Inform them that you are employed full-time and want to honor the rules that you agreed to when coming onboard. It shows the recruiters that you take your work seriously and want to deliver well on your responsibilities. They will understand that you do not like to handle a job search through the means of company time or company resources. Provide the times you can talk while paying attention to time zones. Then, ask the recruiters/hiring managers if these windows of time will work for them.
2. Keep your search “close to the vest.”
Do not, under any circumstances, tell anyone at work that you are looking or are potentially looking to leave. It may be tempting to speak to your closest coworkers, but do not do it. Usually, secrets do not stay as secrets for long. If the truth is uncovered, your management team will get the sense that you are disloyal, which is not really a good message to send.
3. Manage your social media.
As helpful as social media is, it can sometimes mess up your work situation a little. Be sure to change your settings so that everyone in your network does not get notifications whenever you update your profile.
Keep in touch with all the employers that you have worked with and stay on good terms. These previous employers will make great job references. Furthermore, tell a prospective employer that you cannot use your current boss as a reference because you would like to keep this job-hunting under wraps.
5. Manage timing.
Attempt to have your interviews around your current work hours. Again, be clear with potential employers and they will get a good impression from you. If needed, take a day off work to schedule many phone interviews.
6. Be kind.
Never talk badly about any of your employers. Try to stay positive, even if it’s hard to, and make sure you have somewhat of an idea of what you are going to say when you are asked a question like, “Why are you leaving your current employer?”
7. Manage your routine.
Draft your job search emails and thank you notes either during your late night hours after work or during your early morning routine.
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