Maybe you’re an employed job seeker? You’re actually in a prime situation and position to seek gainful employment, no matter how dismal your situation may seem. How do you keep your employer from finding out about your job search?
- Start by making your number 1 objective keeping your current job, no matter how much you dislike it… At least until you secure a new employment opportunity.
- Be aware of the fact that you have a third job (in addition to keeping your current job and searching for another one)… Keeping your job search to yourself. It is your job to keep your job search to yourself and under the radar of your current employer. Secrets generally aren’t good things, especially when it comes to your employer. However, this is one of the very few times we suggest keeping a secret from your employer.
- Make sure to do a social network cleanup. Your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook profiles are all relevant to and an important part of your job search, given the fact that recruiting has now become social and employers frequently reference these profiles when researching you as a quality, qualified candidate. You must strike a subtle balance with your profiles. Let recruiters and hiring managers know, via your profiles, that you’re open to the right opportunities, but remember that your current employer and coworkers more than likely have access to your profiles as well. Words to the wise: Privacy Settings. Or, reconsider all together the friending and/or following of your boss and coworkers. Networking, both on and off line is part of the job search experience, but there is a right and a wrong way to do it.
- For whatever reason you wish to depart from your current employer, make sure to never bad mouth them. This is a guaranteed way to have word get out that you’re not only seeking employment elsewhere, but it’s also a way to make sure you violate and work against the attainment of your first objective, keeping your current job until you find a new one.
- Know where your resume and information is going before you send them. If you’re applying to a position, where the company is unidentifiable, you should reexamine sending your information. Who’s to say it’s not your current employer or someone else real close to home?
Contemplate the 5 points above and remember that the only person you can truly trust is yourself.
Sleep with one eye closed. Apply with both eyes opened.
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