Searching for a new job while being employed can sometimes feel like tightrope walking. Those “doctor’s appointments” every now and then can make your current employer suspicious about your job search activities. It can all lead to awkwardness in the workplace and your current coworkers will think twice about trusting you with confidential information or involving you in a new deal. Even worse, your boss may let you go if s/he thinks you are no longer a dedicated employee. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you make this process run a lot smoother!
DON’T tell your coworkers that you are looking to leave
Rumors are a major part of any office, big or small. Letting your coworkers know that you are one foot out the door can spark even more conversations behind your back, and even worse, your coworkers will being to question whether they can continue to trust you.
DO stay focused on your current job
Remember that you are still employed! Always continue to perform at the same level or above. You want to ensure that you will leave on good terms and not burn any bridges.
DO Google yourself
Make sure your Facebook and Twitter are on private and those embarrassing photos from your spring break 5 years ago are not the first thing that shows up. Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date with your current info, as LinkedIn is one of the primary sources for recruiters to find qualified candidates.
DON’T advertise your search on social media
Especially if you are friends with/follow your boss and coworkers on your accounts
DO keep it all confidential
Remind your recruiters and prospective employers that your job search is confidential
DON’T use your current coworkers or manager as references
Especially if they do not know that you are looking! If you must provide references, reach out to former colleagues at your previous firms, or employees at your current firm that no longer work there. If you are close to accepting an offer, you want your boss to find that out from you when you resign, and not through a call from your prospective employer!
DO try to schedule interviews during off-hours
Many prospective employers understand that you are currently employed and you must attend to responsibilities at your current job. As such, they may be able to schedule you during early mornings or after hours. Another great time to schedule interviews is during your lunch break.
DON’T use your company’s devices
Ensure that recruiters and prospective employers use your personal email to communicate to you regarding possible opportunities. Recruiters will often call you at your work to share opportunities. Kindly let them know what the best email or phone number is to reach out. Also, use your own phone/laptop when searching for new jobs.
DON’T just show up in a suit to work…
…if you are always dressed casual! It will be too suspicious! Bring your usual pair of clothes with you and change before going into the office.
But be careful about who you reach out to, especially contacts that your current boss/firm has an existing relationship with. Letting your clients know that you may want to work for them directly can also be a very tricky situation, especially if you are not that close with them.
DON’T resign prematurely
Never resign until you have a written and signed offer letter in place. You never know what can go wrong with background checks or if the prospective employer pulls the verbal offer for any reason. Better be safe than sorry!