People say it’s always say that it’s easier to find a job when you already have one. To some extent, this is actually true because hiring managers often find employed candidates more attractive. There is also an argument for job searching while you still have one, as you are making a smooth transition and not putting your income or career momentum at risk.
But that doesn’t make planning your next career move while you are still in employment any easier!
It’s a fine balancing act; so how do you get it just right?
- Be Careful Who You Tell
Although we aren’t encouraging lying to your boss on a regular basis, on this occasion it might be necessary. In some companies, if you are known to be actively searching for a job then the policy states they have to let you go.
It’s beneficial to keep it quiet from any of your colleagues, even the ones you are close to, as you don’t want discussions being overheard or the word being passed on to the wrong people.
- Don’t Job Hunt On The Job
Many people have been known to do a bit of job hunting on a quiet afternoon in the office. This is a big mistake, as it can lead to you getting caught out.
Not only could this highlight the fact that you are actively looking to move on from your current position, it could also cause controversy over the fact you are using company resources to help you do so.
Many companies monitor their employees’ web searches and activity, so the best option is to avoid using work computers (even during your lunch hour or before/after you start work). It is also advisable to be wary of searching for a job during working hours, even if you do so on your own laptop or smartphone.
Keep the job hunt to your own time to avoid getting caught out and getting on the wrong side of your current employer. You don’t know how long you might be there for!
- Don’t Give Out Company Emails and Numbers On Applications
Again, giving company email addresses or phone numbers to recruiters and potential employers could be seen as using company resources in your job search. If these are monitored (which they often are) then you are likely to get found out.
It could also be seen as using company time, as you most likely have access to your company email and phone number during working hours only.
If you don’t have a professional email address, it’s free and simple to set one up using a common email provider such as Gmail or Hotmail. This can then be used to give out when applying for positions and prevents you getting caught out by your current employer.
- Be Wary When Handing Out Your CV and Connecting With Recruiters
When aiming to keep your job hunt under wraps, you have to remember that the internet is far from private. Connections with recruiters on LinkedIn or even an email to a potential employers or recruiter could easily get you found out.
When sending your CV, be selective and let them know your current situation. Stress that you are currently employed and make it clear that you don’t want your current employer to know you are job hunting.
It only takes a recruiter or hiring manager to request a reference from your current employer for your cover to be blown. It is advisable to double check who your references are before handing out your CV. If you can, use past managers and avoid using anyone from your current company. If you have to use someone current, be sure you trust the person not to leak the information and mention it to them before you put them down.
- Don’t Slate Your Current Employer
When asked why you are looking to move on from your current position, it’s important to be tactical about your answer. Even if the reason you’re leaving is because you have an issue with your current boss or company, you shouldn’t slate them in applications and interviews with potential new employers.
Be honest if something has changed and the job/company isn’t satisfying you anymore, but be careful about how you word it and turn it into a positive about the company/position you are applying for.
For example, a good answer may be: “There has been a reshuffle in the office and I don’t feel the new responsibilities are challenging enough for me. That is why this job stood out to me, as the role presents new challenges and opportunities to develop.”
- Use Your Current Employment To Show You Are ‘Desirable’
In many cases, it’s easier to get a job when you already have one. This is because you can use the fact you are already a valued member of a relevant team to show you are ‘in demand’.
You can use your current employment as a negotiating tool, as you are deemed more desirable by a potential employer due to your current employment. You can negotiate salary, dimensions of the role and opportunities for review and progression based on this.
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