Most job hunters fear that their exit plans will be discovered by their employer, and it can easily happen if you are not careful enough. A simple conversation with your co-workers can make your boss aware about your new plans or may be it is your behavior that makes your employer aware of it.
Then what should you do without getting noticed by your current employer about it? Should you leave the job to plan for new one? No, the reality is that vast majority of people do and will do search for their next opportunity while still employed.
Here are a few steps you should take to get the most out of your limited time:
1. Prepare your Materials well Ahead of Time
Ensure that all of your materials such as resume, cover letter, and references are up-to-date. This will help speed up the process when you are going to submit your application to various roles. Be sure to ensure that your resume matches what you have on your LinkedIn and indeed profiles as well. That way, if hiring managers or recruiters find you, they’ll see that all of your professional experiences are aligned.
2. Use social media carefully
Use all online profiles to your full advantage. This is a great platform to showcase your experiences and skills. And, it makes it easy for you to search for new companies and opportunities. Your online profile is also an essential platform for you to be found by recruiters and hiring managers. Update your profile regularly, so when recruiters stumble across your profile you will leave them with a good impression.
3. Keep your Job Search Outside of Work
It’s not a good idea to perform your job search on your office computer. You don’t want your boss or coworkers to find out that you are looking for a new position by simply walking past your desk. It’s best to job search in your free time. When the right time comes, you can tell your company about your opportunity when it is set in stone.
4. Networking within the Industry
While you’re job hunting, ensure you’re researching the trends within the industries you’re targeting. Showcase your knowledge when you attend events and or any time you network with other professionals. After all, you never know where you may meet your next employer.
5. Schedule Interviews Strategically
Ask if you can interview either before or after work hours. Will they accept a phone call? This is a great option because you can either take the call before you start work, on your lunch break or find somewhere comfortable after work. If you need to be in person, you can ask your current employer for a personal day or if you can be interviewed on a Friday or Monday. That way you can have a longer weekend while squeezing in an interview.
6. Dress the Part
Be sure to dress how you normally would when you are at work that day. If you have an interview before or after work, bring a separate pair of clothes to wear. Your co-workers may notice that you are dressing differently which may lead to asking you questions. You don’t want to give away any clues about your job search, especially to your coworkers.
7. Keep your performance at work consistent
If your employer found that you suddenly started performing less, then it will be an obvious signal that your mind elsewhere and you ready to move on. But you have to make sure that there is a consistency in your work performance and delivery of your projects to avoid being noticed by the employer.
8. Pick your References Wisely
Don’t use references from the job you have now. Be creative and carefully select who you want your potential employer to speak with. The best references are the people who have witnessed your professional accomplishments and have work well with you in the past. If the hiring manager asks permission to speak with your current manager, let them know that you need an offer first.