At some point in your career, you may want to find a new job even though you haven’t left your current one. And not quitting the one you have today is a smart move, especially if it can help support you while you seek out something better.
Conducting a job search while you’re still employed isn’t as easy as it is when you aren’t working. In fact, it can be downright tricky, especially if you are trying to keep your intention to move on quiet. To help you navigate this process effectively, here are some tips for managing your job search the right way.
Don’t Use Company Resources
No matter what, don’t use your company-provided phone, computer, or email for your job search activities. First, using these resources for personal activities may be a direct violation of company policy, which can get you fired. Second, many of these devices are monitored, which is a surefire way for word to get out about your intention to leave.
Similarly, don’t job search on company time, as this can lead to similar consequences. Instead, use your own devices during personal hours.
Keep Performing on the Job
Just because you are thinking about leaving doesn’t mean you should let your current work slide. Remember, you are being paid to do a job, so manage it properly.
It’s also important to keep in mind your manager and co-workers could make great references for prospective employers, but that will only remain the case as long as you perform well at work.
Update Your LinkedIn Account (Carefully)
If you haven’t updated your profile in a while, now is the time to get everything in tip-top shape. However, jumping on and making substantial changes could be a signal to your manager that something is up. So, before you begin, take a few precautionary steps.
First, turn off your public notifications. This will help ensure your company isn’t automatically informed of your activities and makes it easier to adjust your status to show your open to new opportunities without them being aware.
Work Your Network
You never want to underestimate the power of your network. Currently, the majority of workplaces believe that referred candidates make better hires than traditionally sourced applicants. That means keeping in touch with family members, friends, and former co-workers or managers can pay off.
Networking isn’t easy when you are still working, but you don’t have to invest a lot of time to get results. For example, meeting for coffee in the morning or getting together at lunch can be very effective, especially when combined with online or phone-based interactions.
When you do have some time available, see if any of your target companies are holding hiring or networking events you could potentially attend. Not only does this let you get face to face with other professionals, it could directly lead to a new opportunity.
If you want to make job searching while employed a simpler experience, the professional recruiters at MindFinders can help. They have the ability to match you with leading employers while you’re on the clock, and will always respect your current obligations throughout the process. Contact us today to see how our services can make all of the difference.
Written by Tim Booker, President and CEO of MindFinders, with over 20 years of industry experience.