You’ve heard that job searching is like a full time job, which most definitely isn’t a lie. Job searchers are encouraged to spend as much time as possible during their day finding a new gig, but how are you supposed to go about your search while you’re still at the job you plan on leaving? You can’t exactly sit at your desk and scroll through job boards while you’re supposed to be working, but it’s pretty tough to dedicate yourself to a job search when you’ve already worked a full day. All in all, looking for a job while employed is a feat that can seem impossible at first, but there are tips and tricks to make success possible – without burning any bridges in the process. Check them out below:
1. Update your LinkedIn account strategically
While it is sometimes recommended that job searchers update their LinkedIn profile with specific phrases like “currently searching for a position in sales,” you probably would want to shy away from such announcements of your current state if you’re still employed. That being said, it’s still important to update your LinkedIn profile and make sure it’s as representative as possible of all of your great skills. We promise, recruiters will be looking at it.
2. Schedule interviews as lunch meetings
In reality, it’s only a matter of time before all of those 10 a.m. doctor’s appointments get a little fishy to your supervisor (or your coworkers start to get worried about your health). While it’s recommended that job searchers schedule interviews during their “off-hours” at their current job, let’s be real – how many of us actually get off-time during business hours? In order to get around this potential roadblock, try to schedule as many of your interviews as lunch meetings! That way, you can be out of the office without raising any eyebrows.
3. Keep quiet on social media
Yes, update your LinkedIn profile, but steer clear of other Facebook or Twitter posts asking your friends and followers for recommendations or job search advice. Don’t forget that, like during the interview process, it doesn’t take much for your social media activity to get back to your current boss. Don’t let them find out that way.
4. Don’t use your current coworkers or supervisors as references
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s been done before. Imagine your supervisor’s face when they get a call asking for a reference about one of their current employees! Not only will that reference most likely not be a favorable one, but it’s sure to cause some awkward encounters later on, if not the loss of your current job.
5. Remain dedicated to your current job until your last day
Put yourself in your supervisor’s shoes before you totally check out at work. It’s only fair to continue to work just as hard as you always have at your current place of work until your very last day. Anyway, if that supervisor ever is called for a reference in the future, you don’t want them to report your slacking off.
6. Don’t use company computers or phones for your job search
That goes for the company Internet, too. If you really want to avoid a confrontation with your boss, steer clear of using company property for your job search; not only can your higher-ups see everything you’re doing, but it’s also unfair to job search on your boss’ dime.
7. Stay consistent in the way you dress
Even if you have your lunch interviews all scheduled perfectly, showing up to work in a suit when you usually wear blue jeans and a polo is sure to raise some questions. You can always find a place to change before your interview, or make minor changes to your everyday wear that will be barely noticeable to your coworkers, but may make a big difference to your interviewer.
8. Don’t act preemptively
We can’t stress this one enough. Do not announce your new position unless you have been officially offered and accept another one. Not only is it super risky to leave your current place of work before you officially have another, but a false alarm isn’t going to have a great impression on your boss. Save your two week’s notice for when you’re 100% sure this new job is yours.
If your company is doing any type of hiring at all (which they most likely are), they may see your resume on job boards. Probably not the way you want your company to find out you’re leaving. Stick to other application types unless you have left your previous job.
10. Ask your potential new employer for confidentiality
It’s okay to explain to your interviewer that you haven’t yet spoken to your current supervisor about your decision to leave the company. Requesting that they don’t contact your current employer is normal, but make sure you have a good reference to make up for that one!
It’s important to note that these tips aren’t meant to suggest that job searching should include tip-toeing around your boss and hiding things from your supervisor. Instead, we believe that it’s always best to give notice of your leaving your current company in the most sophisticated and respectful way possible; your supervisor finding out that you’re job searching via Facebook isn’t that way.
Finally, know that it is possible to conduct your job search without setting up a new home office just for the occasion. Looking for more ways to job search on-the-go? Click here to download Rake, the job search app you can use during your commute!
Also published on Medium.