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Job Searching While Employed The Do’s And Don’ts

Job Searching While Employed The Do’s And Don’ts

The Do’s and Don’ts of Job Searching While Employed

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?

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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.

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  1. William Parkyn

    Very good advice, especially about doing the job search on company time. The company could use this as part of their cause for termination.

  2. Great article, agree with Nick’s comments too

  3. TheHBCUCareerCenter

    Good advice. It’s not always wise to tell current boss, or even colleagues, about job search, unless downsizing etc. Maybe talk to a mentor about how to share information within the company at the appropriate time.

  4. Great advice. I would like to add that if you are looking for a new job because you are unhappy in your present role; then it makes the task even more difficult.

    I have dealt with people who feel insecure in their job and believe they are about to be fired. They react in either one of two ways:

    1. Try to work harder in their current role to the extent that job searching is not organised and therefore not productive.


    2. Openly make it known that they are looking elsewhere as they feel they have no future and therefore no allegiance to their current employer.

    As stated by others if you can always leave on good terms – you never know whether your next job will turn out the way you want or if you ever want to return to your current employer.

  5. Excellent advice. I especially like the recommendation to be honest with your employer about your intentions. That preserves a person’s integrity, and that is crucial.

  6. Great advice. Searching for a new position while you are already employed has its challenges; but it usually makes a great deal of sense. Discretion is the name of the game. If you find a better position, that’s fantastic. But you may not; so be careful not to burn your bridges.

  7. “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.”

    Amen to this. Not only is it the right thing to do, it will come back to bite you later if you don’t do it. You may one day need a recommendation from that boss you left in the lurch.

  8. Good advice to keep working and doing the job you are being paid to do. So often we hear about employees leaving a job and not finishing work they were being paid to do. That will follow them for many years when they need a referral.

  9. I think the advice about being honest is really valuable. The fear is your employer will fire you or make life difficult if they find out. I think MANY employees would be surprised to discover an employer will see it as a wake-up call and work to make your situation more satisfying.

    My other piece of advice is don’t burn bridges at work. You may not end up leaving.

  10. Important to give your best effort always! Even if you want to leave you owe it to your current employer to do your best.

  11. Usually, when I want to switch jobs, I will plan properly and notleak a secret you want resigned to co-workers or whoever.

  12. Some things are common knowlege, Although plenty of people do not have that anymore. This was a good article.

  13. The advice given by those that have experienced the situation is a very valuable addituioon to the Bear Blog

  14. Excellent advice. Also, if your main email address is a company email address, open up a gmail or other free email address to use for job hunting (so your emails don’t go through your employer’s server where they could be noticed).

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