Though the job search if often treated like a 9-to-5 position, it becomes more difficult to manage when you already have a full-time job. More often than not, job seekers face discrimination for being unemployed, which may lead to finding job openings while gainfully employed.
Whatever your reasons may be for leaving, job searching in this situation requires walking on a fine line between being proactive yet watchful of your boundaries. In fact, 88 percent job seekers agree that keeping your job search private is very important – and even while employed, some would be reluctant if coworkers found out instances of their job search process.
While being covert of the process in general, what etiquette should an employee practice while job searching? An article by Jenny Foss on The Daily Muse offers tips for being both respectful yet careful about your search. Consider below the do’s and don’ts:
Do use discretion. On social networking sites, on job boards, and within the office – be mindful of what you communicate on all levels.
Do interviews before or after work. Schedule your interviews, follow ups, and phone calls away from your current work schedule.
Do be honest if confronted. If asked by your employer, be straightforward about your intentions.
Don’t use company time or tools. For you efforts, you should completely rely on the use of email, Internet, etc.– but not while on the job. Not only is it disrespectful, but also can easily be traced to you when you’re trying to be confidential.
Don’t forget about your current job. Within your work hours, stay focused on the responsibilities you have now. You owe it to your employer that you can remain to be a productive employee for the time you’re still there. If you’re about to put in your notice soon, wrap up projects to make your transition as smooth as possible.
Be aware that you do have the right to keep your job search under wraps. Be sure to exercise caution and give your employer plenty of notice if you’re accepting an offer. Most employers will understand and be willing to cooperate if you’ve continued to be focused.
Do you agree with these tips? How would you be discrete in your job search? What tips would you add?
Katie Lewis is currently a senior at Florida State University and will graduate in May 2012 with a B.A. in Editing, Writing, and Media. Minoring in Communications and attending her first meeting of the Florida Public Relations Association Student Chapter inspired her to pursue a career in public relations.