Looking for a job is stressful enough without having to worry about sneaking around your current employer.
Though it’s never a good idea to lie to your boss, you shouldn’t be willingly sharing that you’re possibly unhappy with your current position and want a higher salary. This could get you fired; and without having yet landed your dream job, you don’t want to end up unemployed.
Since you’re currently working full-time, looking for and applying for jobs is hard enough – worse yet figuring out how you’re going to get out of the office for an interview! Hopefully, spending countless hours in the evenings has paid off and you’ve landed yourself a few interviews.
Let’s look at some ways to go on job interviews while still employed.
Though it’s difficult, people manage to switch jobs all the time for better and more promising opportunities.
If you’re in the market for a new job, utilize the following tips for going on job interviews while still employed:
· Be strategic. You can only have so many doctor’s appointments, kids’ emergencies and excuses to leave early before your boss catches on. Try to schedule interviews during your lunch hour, if possible. If you work odd hours, schedule interviews before or after work as much as you can to avoid any confrontation with your current employer.
· Never look for jobs on your company’s computer. Yes, it can be tempting to want to quickly check your favorite job sites during downtime at work, but resist the urge. Work computers are monitored and if your boss wishes to look at your internet history, he can and will.
· Never use company equipment for your job search. Potential employers may want you to fax them your resume or letters of recommendation. At your current job, you may sit next to a fax machine and want to use it for your future job, but that’s never a good idea. Run to a UPS store or your local library during lunch to take care of these needs.
· Request confidentiality. During the interview, it’s perfectly acceptable to let your potential future employer know that your current job doesn’t know you’re in the market for a better opportunity and you wish for them not to contact your employer. Most employers will respect your wish to remain anonymous – so don’t be afraid to speak up.
· Network. Networking is going to be the best way for you to land an interview – and hopefully a job – while still employed. The saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” rings true when looking for a job. Be social – strike up conversations with your neighbors, parents of your children’s friends, the lady sitting on the seat next to you on the airplane and people at the dog park. You never know who you’re going to meet.
We all know getting a job in this ultra-competitive market is tough – so do what you can to make yourself stand out and set yourself apart for the rest.
At the end of the day, be strategic and smart when looking for a new job while still employed.