Tuesday, February 21, 2017
It’s not unusual to start looking for a new job while already holding one down.
People who job hunt while working enjoy the best of both worlds. They can dip a toe in the labor market waters with the goal of locating a better situation, while keeping a job they may still like. Basically, if you can’t find a better situation, you can always fall back on what you already have.
That being said, this practice could still backfire. Even if you’re widely liked inside your office, the news of your job hunt could cause some resentment, hurt your reputation and even lead to your termination.
To make certain your search is both sensible and subtle; you may want to keep the following things in mind.
Don’t let your commitment waver
It’s normal to have your commitment to your current job slide as soon as to decide to start looking elsewhere. However, you don’t want to count your chickens before they are hatched and ultimately find yourself on the wrong end of disciplinary action.
You should continue to work hard in your current job and faithfully finish your work on time. Also, continue to accept optional assignments, like mentoring a new hire, to stay fully committed to your current employer.
Don’t job hunt at work
While looking for a new job can take up a lot of time, you should avoid the temptation to multitask and send out resumes or conduct phone interviews at work. Keep your search effort limited to evenings at home or in a local coffee shop. Managers often have a habit to prying into employee’s on-the-job activities and someone may catch you if you’re using the company’s phone line or fax to help in your job search. Also, your search won’t be as effective if you’re always looking over your shoulder.
Don’t mention your search on social media
While you may not be directly connected to your manager and peers on social media, that does not mean they aren’t able to find out what you are posting to your profiles. Even if you activate your privacy settings to keep your posts private, mutual acquaintances could always pass on a post or tweet about your job search.
Don’t offer anyone at your current job as a reference
Populate your list of references with folks from previous employers. If you really want to establish that you’ve been successful at your current job, direct hiring personnel to a key recommendation or endorsement on your LinkedIn profile you obtained as a result of working at your current job.
Do come clean if you’re caught
If a co-worker or boss confronts you regarding your job search, it’s better to be truthful than lie. If you deny it, you may ruin the possibility of your boss acting as a future reference. An open and honest conversation could actually be an opportunity to improve the situation at your current job, to the point where you just might end your job search.
Are you looking for a new job?
At SMCI, we regularly help folks who already have a job find a new one. If you’re interested in the opportunities that are out there for you, please contact us today.