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How To Job Search While Still Employed

Published: Thursday 25th June 2015

A male job searching on his laptop

It is often claimed that you are in a stronger position to find a new job when you are still in a job. It is probably true that many employers prefer candidates in a job, to make them feel more confident about these candidates being a good hire.

For candidates, having one job before applying for another is the ideal scenario too. It can boost confidence, because there is no financial urgency, and it can put them in a much better position to negotiate the terms of a potential contract. But despite all the benefits involved, finding a new job while still employed can be a risky task to complete. How can job seekers ensure that they look for new opportunities without burning their bridges with their current employer?

Be Wise
Looking for a new job shouldn’t have any impact on how well you are performing at your current job. Searching for opportunities or sending out applications during office hours is likely to impact on your productivity. You will need to keep your job until you have signed a contract elsewhere and you are probably banking on a good reference from your current employer too – so don’t risk it. Looking for another job is likely to be considered as showing a serious lack of loyalty, after all. Instead, try to stay focused on performing well in your current role and stick to searching for a job in your spare time.

Be Discreet
Even when you’re stuck for conversation at the water cooler, you shouldn’t talk about your job search to anybody in the office. When you’re applying for a new job, don’t use your current colleagues or supervisors as references. Let prospective employers know that your job search should be kept confidential. And don’t post any facts about your job search online. This includes mentioning the fact that you are interviewing on social media, or posting your CV on job boards. When you are invited to an interview, try to schedule meetings outside working hours. And when an interview is due to take place after work, make sure not to dress differently from normal during your day in the office. Even when you take all these tips into account, your boss might still realise something is going on. If you are confronted by your supervisor or manager about your job search, it is best to be honest.

Be Diplomatic
When attending interviews, never bad-mouth your current employer. If you are asked about your reasons for wanting to move on, it is better to focus on positive reasons, such as the fact that you are looking for a role that will give you greater opportunity to grow or because you would like to work for a company that offers more flexible hours.

If you are wondering what other opportunities are out there, why not download the Zoek app to let your new job find you? The app for faster, smarter recruitment can be downloaded on iOS or Android.

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