In an economy where jobs still haven't rebounded, those who are
employed don't want to do anything to jeopardize their current job --
including looking for a new one.
Fortunately, you don't have to put your career advancement on
hold, or let opportunities pass you by. This article explores 12 ways
to look for a new job, while keeping your current one safe.
Choose your confidants carefully. Don’t tell your boss or your
co-workers that you’re looking for a new job.
Sharing this information with the wrong people will ensure that
you’ll be moved to the corner cubicle while your boss searches for
2. Use your own equipment
Don't use the company telephone, voice mail, email, or fax machine
in your job search.
Not only is this unethical, but some organizations have the
ability to monitor your communication.
Conduct your job search at home, or bring a personal computer
or cell phone to use off site during your lunch hour.
3. Be smart about contact information
List home or cell phone numbers on your resume.
Don't include your work phone or email address on your resume
or cover letter.
4. Interview on your own time
Don't schedule interviews during the workday.
Schedule them for before or after work, or during a vacation
week. If that's not possible, schedule interviews during your lunch
5. Honesty is the best policy
Don't be dishonest. If you must take a day off to interview, don't
tell your current boss that you were sick, or that your grandmother
Instead, state that you needed to take the day off for
6. Don't overdress
Don't show up to work wearing interview clothes. Wearing a suit on
casual Friday will be a dead giveaway that you're in the job hunt.
If you are interviewing at either end of the workday, or
during lunch, bring your interview clothes with you and find a discreet
place to change.
7. Privacy please
Use privacy settings on online job search services. Most sites
allow you to hide certain information, such as your contact
You can also block certain companies (ahem, your current one)
from seeing your information.
8. Keep it confidential
Be sure to tell the companies you are interviewing with that your
job search is completely confidential.
Ask them not to contact your current employer, or share with
anyone that you are searching.
Even a mild comment to a seemingly uninvolved third party can
start a rumor chain.
9. Choose references carefully
Don’t use your current boss or co-workers as references.
Organizations often check references on several candidates
while making a final decision. Use managers and co-workers from past
10. Network wisely
Don't use company contacts to further your career.
Your current organization will feel betrayed if they find out
you've been using their clients in your job search.
Networking is important, but be sure to do it outside your
11. Don't jump the gun
Don't give notice until you have a written offer.
Organizations change their minds for a variety of reasons
before deals are finalized, and you don't want to be in the position of
asking for your current job back.
Wait until you're positive it's a done deal to share the good
12. Don't burn bridges with your current employer
As long as you are at your current job, work hard and do the best
Don't check out emotionally before you leave. Be sure to
follow proper resignation protocol by giving at least two weeks notice,
and don't leave without tying up any loose ends.
Remember that you may have to ask your current boss for a
recommendation one day!
You can do it!
By making smart choices, it’s possible to conduct an effective,
successful job search without losing the job you have.
Best of luck in your search!