Being out of work and in dire need of employment is obviously a tough place to be, but searching for a new job when you’ve already got one can bring its own challenges. In many ways, seeking new work is a full-time job in itself; how do you devote yourself to it while still remaining productive at your 9-to-5, and without jeopardizing your current career status or your chance for a good letter of recommendation?
For that matter, how do you ensure that your job search remains private? How do you keep your current employer from becoming privy to what you’re doing?
The Grammar Chic team has a few tips for seeking a new job when you’ve already got one—and for minimizing some of the risk involved with this precarious act.
- Take a personal day. “How did you have time today to come interview with us?” Don’t be surprised when a potential employer or hiring manager asks you this question, sitting across from you at a conference room table. What they really want to know is: Are you stealing time from your current employer by doing this on the clock—and are you going to do the same thing to us one day? If you can answer honestly that you’ve taken a personal day for your job search, then you’ve got nothing to worry about. Plus, having some time marked off for this will allow you to devote yourself to it more fully, without having to sacrifice productivity or focus at work.
- Use a personal e-mail account. You don’t want your job search correspondence to clutter your work inbox—because that’s just going to be an awfully difficult thing to keep confidential.
- Avoid using any company technology. You may wish to refrain from doing any job searching on your company computer or tablet; this is a good way to prevent yourself from job searching too much while you’re at work, and to ensure you keep a clear line between your two pursuits.
- Don’t talk about your job search too much on social media. Even if you’re not Facebook friends with your boss, talking about your job search on social media is really going to let the cat out of the bag.
- Work on your resume and cover letter. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that, since they got you a job before, they’ll work for you again. It’s vital to update your professional marketing documents with all the achievements you’ve had at your current place of employment, and also to tailor them for the new jobs you’re looking at.