At some point in our career, we need to delve into a new experience, develop new skills, and utilize our abilities in different work cultures, so we decide to start looking for a job while being already employed. We begin to click “Apply Now” and fill applications tens of times a day.
We hear a background sound, saying,” Your boss will know,” “You’ll be terminated,” “You will end up having no jobs at all,” and we start losing the passion for continuing the journey.
So, if you have that ” Parachute” manager who is monitoring you everywhere, here are 18 ways to look for a job without unveiling to your current employer that will help you during your job hunting while you already have a job.
Firstly, why many job search experts agreed that the best time to look for a job is while being employed?
- You’re already in contact with your industry leaders, so this networking can easily bring you’re a job.
- Your network can recommend you to a position so that you would have an advantage over other candidates.
- Employers seek to hire employees who already have a job. Employers see them as the best of the best.
- If you are not working, employers will have many questions around you, and you will be in a weakened position.
- You are less pressured because you don’t have to pay the rent, monthly bills, so you confidently negotiate your demands and benefits until you get what you want.
Set a job search strategy
Planning is the first step for success. Plan your job search and outline why you really want to quit your job, where you want to work, and how you can do this. Tailor your resume and cover letter so that you can easily tailor them for every job opening using the keywords mentioned in the job ad, build a competitive LinkedIn account, and list your references.
Search for a new job smartly
Utilize the latest tools to help you facilitate your job searching and keep it organized and managed. You can use the high-tech tools available at job boards like Drjob to check the job lists and filter your search. You can also turn on the email alerts, so you receive a daily updated list of the opportunities that match your skills.
Schedule interviews out of work hours
It’ll not be expected that you’re going to an interview when you’ll already be out of the office. Lunchtime will be an ideal timing because you’ll be able to join the early interviews (especially walk-in interviews). If you have not “Lunchtime” break in your company, you can arrange the interview before your workday starts or after it ends. An off day will be ideal also if you can set many job interviews on the same day. You do this because you don’t want to lie if someone searches for you during the workday, and you want to stay focused on the tasks at hand.
Negotiate with hiring managers
Don’t hesitate to reject job interview appointments that conflict with your full-time job. Career experts said that most recruiters agree to change the interview appointment as long as they really need the candidate. Tell the recruiter explicitly that you want to keep your job searching confidential, so you don’t want the interview time to conflict with your work hours.
Give your employer notice on the perfect time
Don’t mention to your current employer that you are searching for a job until you receive a confirmed job offer letter with a joining date. Sometimes, employers change their minds at the last minute, so you may end up with no job at all if you tell your boss that you get a new opportunity before being sure of it.
Don’t badmouth your current employer
Bad mouthing your current employer can be the top reason for not getting a new job in a new place because it leaves a bad impression on your potential employer that your attitude is bad. They see that you’ll do the same when working for them. Instead, focus on how to show your positive outlook and how you’ll add value to the organization you’ll join.
Keep it confidential “Loose lips sink ships.”
In your current job, avoid using your current colleagues, managers, or bosses as references. In case you want any of your colleagues to serve as a reference, mention that he should keep it in secrecy. Also, find a quiet place to receive your phone interviews, where no one overhears your conversation. This place can be in a nearby coffee shop, in your car, or any other quiet place.
Generally, don’t tell anyone that you are searching for a job until your company announces your resignation.
In your next job, you can ask your potential employer to keep your interviewing process confidential, and you will appreciate that because you don’t want your current boss to find out that you’re looking for another job.
Don’t use the company phone, computer, or any other company resources
Companies track your activity while being in office, so it will better to use your personal phone, computer, and email address while applying for jobs or posting your resume. It will not be good if one of your colleagues find your resume printed or your boss see you scrolling down looking for the new job postings.
Maintain your professional credibility
Don’t let your job search make you forget your current responsibility. It’s essential to show commitment and loyalty. So, make sure you deliver excellent work, and your performance level is high. Always remember that your current employer is still the one who pays your salary every month.
As long as you are still working for your current employer, you should be an ideal employee who accomplishes his tasks, meet all the deadlines, and respond professionally to orders. Proving your professional credibility really pays off.
Go into incognito mode
Try your best not to use your work computer during your job search but if urgent, use an incognito browser and clear your browsing history once you finish.
Wait! Make sure that no one is watching you or no cameras are monitoring you.
Postpone less important tasks until you go home
Don’t update your resume, create your cover letter, browsing through the new job openings at the office. It will be better to take the time to craft them professionally and tailor your resume for every job. Take the risk of looking for a new job but do it wisely.
Turn off the “Notify Your Network” button on LinkedIn
LinkedIn plays an efficient role in getting a job, so it’s essential to keep it updated (80% of recruiters check the candidates’ LinkedIn profiles before meeting them personally). Before updating, ensure that all your connections will not get notified, especially if your boss is among your connections.
Additional tip? In your LinkedIn privacy setting, there is a ” let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities” button, turn it on- only recruiters will be able to see it.
Don’t dress a formal dress code
If your daily uniform at your current job is not a suit and a tie, don’t dress differently on your interview day. It will make everyone suspicious, and they will keep asking for the reasons until they know. You can take your interview clothes and change in your car, or you can stop at your home to change while going to the interview.
Use your paid time off
Most of the bosses don’t accept or support the idea that the employee has the right to develop his career. They take his searching for a new job personally and see it as a lack of commitment and loyalty towards the company.
That said, do everything that will help you to succeed in your life. Your paid time off can serve while needing to attend an interview at a specific time.
Think about getting promoted in your current position
A vital way to feel you achieve a career advancement is to get promoted. If you are looking for a “promotion,” not actually a “new job” in a new place, try to check with the HR department if they need to fill a management-level position so they may promote you. Most companies prefer their current employees rather than new employees.
Be aware while being online on social media
Stalkers are everywhere! Your colleagues, managers, and your employer are monitoring you, so make sure of your privacy setting before sharing or posting anything that may give hints that you’re searching for jobs.
Rethink about quitting your current job
Never stop looking for a new opportunity, but if you find that you have a great job in a great company, slow down your job search activity until you find the opportunity to make you achieve something new and add value to the company.
Be ready if your boss finds out your job searching
Although all these tips tell you how to avoid getting busted while job hunting, your boss may ask you, by chance, about your intentions or plans; don’t lie. The truth may open doors for happy results that you don’t expect. When your boss knows that you’re ambitious, he may promote you or shift you to a new team where you can learn new skills and utilize your experience.
Although everyone has his reasons for searching for a new job, it is a dream for every employee to find an opportunity to achieve all his goals: physically, mentally, and financially. So, following these 18 ways to look for a job without unveiling to your current employer will ultimately help you to achieve your dream wisely.