You dread your job, but you can’t afford to leave it until you have a new position lined up. On the other hand, you may be looking for a new job to advance your career. In either case, you simply can’t lose your current job until you secure a new one. How will you handle interviews and the job search without sending clues to your co-workers? These tips can help.
#1: Monitor Social Media
You know the importance of a solid social media profile for your career. What you don’t want to do is to post information about job interviews you plan to attend (or you plans to leave an existing job) on Facebook. Beef up your LinkedIn profile to showcase your skills.
#2: Schedule Interviews Carefully
If you need to head off to an interview in the middle of the day, try to schedule them around your lunch break. However, be open with the hiring manager about your need to honor your commitment to your existing employer and work around your schedule.
#3: Clue Your Boss in on the Reference Calls
There’s no bigger sign that you could be leaving than a call from a hiring manager to your boss. Let your employer know in advance. You may need to be misleading about who the call is for. You can also ask the hiring manager not to call your current employer but past employers.
#4: Don’t Speak Poorly Of Your Existing Employer
Not only will this potentially get back to your current employer, but it also leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the new one. Will you bash them later?
#5: Don’t Stop Doing a Great Job Now
Don’t make the mistake of not doing your job now. Ultimately, a job search could take some time. You need to ensure you are doing an excellent job at your current position.
Don’t lie about your goals. Let the hiring manager know that you are working for an employer you appreciate. A well-qualified, trusted manager isn’t going to reveal your job search and may even think highly of you for being committed.