How to Look for a Job When You Have a Job

November 1, 2012

Career Advice

Unfortunately – or fortunately? – most people look for a job when they already have a job. It’s a tricky situation to be in, but there are simple steps you can make to ensure the transition runs more smoothly.

1. Don’t do it at work.
You cannot search for a job at your job. Your boss will walk up behind you and it will be really awkward. That means you can’t print resumes at work either. It’s not worth the risk.

2. Don’t tell anyone.
People are really bad at keeping secrets, even your coworker who you think is really good at keeping secrets. If that gossip gets around the office, you’ll have a lot of explaining to do. Not fun.

3. Don’t take calls at work.
You’re bound to get a call about an application while you’re at work. Let it go to voicemail then return the call over lunch or at the end of the day. If you land a phone interview, take the call over your lunch break and talk from the safety of your car.

4. Schedule interviews smartly.
For in-person interviews, shoot for Monday mornings or Friday afternoons. It won’t look as suspicious as taking an afternoon off mid-week. Make sure you have time to go home and change into appropriate attire.

5. Be careful on the Internet.
If you post your resume on a careers site, recruiters from your company may find you. If you update your LinkedIn profile, coworkers may get suspicious. Just be prepared to defend yourself – or change your LinkedIn settings under “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts.”

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