Let’s face it, most of us will be job hunting while we are
currently still working. Looking for a job requires a lot of time and effort on
your part and it isn't something you should enter into lightly. When you
consider that no
job is forever, and the fact that the average employee will have between 10
and 15 jobs in a career, it's wise to take action to positively influence your
chances to land a new job, even if you don't think you need one right now. That
said, job hunting while you’re still working can present its own set of prickly
So what do you do when you've decided it's time to move on?
Most of us have been there at some point in our careers. Do you tell your boss
or not? How do you handle interviews and references? We offer some advice:
Need to Know Basis
If you don’t want your boss to know that you’re
looking for a new job, don’t talk about it to anyone in the office. Talk
about it to your spouse, your best friend or your dog. Don’t talk about it to
the receptionist or anybody at work.
Don’t use Company Resources or Time
Conducting your job
search on company hours is never a good idea. When you are at your
current job, it should be your primary focus. Under performing is surely
something that will tip off your boss that something is going on with you. It's
unethical and not likely something that will get you a great recommendation
from your present boss when the time comes.
Schedule Interviews Strategically
Be honest with potential employers about the need for an interview before
or after regular business hours. They’ll appreciate the integrity you show by
continuing to take your present employment seriously. If they must interview
you mid-day, suggest your lunch hour. If that will not work, take a personal or
If Time is Limited, Get Help
Because you have a job, your time is limited, so you must be organized and
focused. By contacting recruiters who specialize in your field, you
can save time and increase contacts. Working with a specialist recruitment
agency will provide you with the added benefit that you will have consultants
assist with your career search that understand your industry, the unique trends
and have experience and a relationship with potential employers.
Job searching while employed
full time can be tough. But it’s not all bad. It offers you the
opportunity to negotiate salary and time to consider all option without being
tempted to take the first offer that comes along just to make the mortgage
payment. Job search ethically and you’ll even be able to turn your current
manager into a positive future reference.
Looking for success in your career? We can help
you untangle the steps to your next job opportunity. Communicate Recruitment
has a number of exciting new career opportunities which includes Finance
jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs.
Visit our website and apply today!