So you’ve got a job, and in this economy, you’re worried about losing it… but at the same time, the job isn’t great: maybe it doesn’t pay as well as you’d like, or there aren’t enough advancement opportunities, or it’s simply not what you want to do. You don’t want to lose the job you have, but you want to start looking for a new one: how do you start applying for a new job while you’re still working?
The simple answer is: by using common sense.
Understand that if your current employer knows you’re looking for other work, chances are they won’t be too thrilled about it—and if something comes up and they need to reduce their workforce, your name will probably be on a short list. It’s not too tough, but there are three key things to keep in mind.
Don’t use your work computer for your job search.
See? Common sense—but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t follow this. It’s commonplace for employers to monitor their employees’ internet use, email correspondences, and the files they’re storing. So don’t search for jobs from your work computer, don’t prepare or send resumes from work, and don’t store your resume on your work computer.
It’s just a bad idea. If you’ve got a smartphone, you can do a lot of job-searching from there, and if you’ve got a laptop, bring that with you and do your resume prep on your personal machine—but again, don’t actually do it at your desk, unless you’re absolutely sure nobody can see your screen.
Keep quiet about interviews.
You just got a call for an interview with your dream company—great! If you’re like most of us, you want to run out and tell the people around you how this excellent company wants to talk to you. But resist that urge. Don’t brag to co-workers about your interviews: as confident as you may be about getting the job, nothing is a sure thing until you’ve received an offer and signed the paperwork. Putting information about your job interviews into the company grapevine will only cause you problems.
On the other hand, don’t keep quiet about a job offer.
If you do receive an offer, and you want to take the job, don’t wait to tell your boss. Be up-front and give them as much notice as possible. Try to avoid falling into the trap of “checking out”—when you know you’re leaving a job, it’s easy to stop caring about your responsibilities. But you never know if, down the line, you may need a recommendation, a contact, or other help from your boss or co-workers. Do your best to stay focused and finish all the work you have remaining to do, and make sure that any projects left open are communicated clearly to the right people.
Finding a new job while you’re still working presents its own challenges, but at the same time, actually finding a job is often easier when you’re already working. Just remember to use common sense when you’re searching and applying, and be upfront and honest with your company when you are ready to leave. – Original post by myFootpath’s Nate Abbott