Many people get to a point in their job where they realize they aren’t growing their career or being challenged by their responsibilities, and decide it is time to move on.
However, once you’ve started to look for a new job while still being employed, it’s you need to do so cautiously. If your current employer finds out you’ve got one foot out the door, you could find yourself in a bad situation.
Below are a few tips on how to look for a job without your current employer finding out.
1) Loose lips sink ships
The best way to sink your discreet job search is by talking about it to anyone who will listen. While people may not be intentionally malicious toward you and your aspirations, water cooler talk has a way of getting around the workplace and news of your job search could easily slip out.
Once you have accepted a job offer, received your start date and put in your notice, it’s okay to start sharing the news. Also, it’s a good idea to let you supervisor know you’re leaving before your coworkers.
Likewise, when dealing with potential employers and staffing companies, be very clear your job search is being conducted discreetly, so they can respect your confidentiality.
2) Consider options in your own company
If you like your company but not your current position, try looking for other positions with your current employer. There might be internal options that will suit your needs, like reshaping your position, moving to a different team, or signing up for a unique project. The benefit of going this route is that it will be less frowned upon than seeking a job with another company.
If options are limited or you’re certain you want something with a different employer, then start looking outside the organization.
3) Do job seeking on your own time
Quickly scanning a job posting, email from a job website or a staffing company message on your lunch break is something you could pull off, but don’t hunt for new jobs while on the job. It’s unprofessional and pretty much guarantees your job search will be discovered.
Also, it’s a good idea to set up work interviews for after work hours or on a scheduled day off. This is courteous to your company and also eliminates stress for you. If you use your lunch break to attend or try to come in late, you’ll be concerned about being found out, which may adversely affect your interview performance.
4) Don’t let your job performance slip
A drop-off in job performance is a big sign your mind is somewhere else and you are trying to leave. Also, you may find yourself on the receiving end of disciplinary action if your performance falls off too much, and that can have significant impact on your search.
Strive to maintain a high level on productivity and you’ll be capable of maintaining discretion, and your job.