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10 Sneaky Ways to Job Hunt While You Are At Work

November 30, 2015

If you’re planning to quit and have no time to look for jobs, when you are working, here are some sneaky ways for executives to manage their job hunt process, without their higher-ups taking a notice of it. Yes, this can be possible only if you are smart enough to avoid the Catch 22 situation.

While you have to put your name out there as you look for jobs, but at the same time ensure that you’re not caught by the current employer. How do you go about it sneakily? Here are some stealthy job search tactics that can always come to aid:

  1. Always keep your social media profiles up-to-date. If you update them all of a sudden, it could create suspicion in the minds of colleagues and co-workers who are a part of your social media connections as well. This tip is of particular importance when it comes to updating your LinkedIn profile. Always keeping your social media profile up-to-date will not raise red flags to your current employer to be found looking for another job.
  2. Do not send resumes blindly through job search sites, wherein your application already forms a part of their database and you just shoot them without carefully understanding different job demands and expectations of the new employer/company. If you are not sure who the recipient of your resume will be, then please don’t shoot emails. If you do not know who is on the other side, always remember “serendipity has a way of biting you in the butt for not being careful.”
  3. Be careful of whom you network with. Be smart at networking and careful on whom you speak to, about your plans to make a career shift. As a rule, do not attend networking events at a bar, wherein after couple of drinks you become less inhibited. Such social networking is a recipe for personal disaster.
  4. Do not make sudden changes in your dressing sense and attire. This could give away subtle hints to the current senior manager and HR personnel that you might be looking for an opportunity. You evoke feelings of suspicion with a sudden change in dressing sense. So if you have to dress in a suit and tie, you can change in some discreet location before going to an interview.
  5. Taking too much time off from work can signal that you are looking for opportunities in other companies. So keep a strict moderation on your leaves to give no signs to your current employer about your plans of quitting. It is always better to schedule appointments for an interview, during times when your absence won’t raise questions.

See: 5 Ways to Be Unique and Differentiate Yourself in Your Job Search

  1. Never talk to your co-workers about your plans to quit or moves next in your career. Co-workers generally cannot be trusted with personal secrets. So do not make the mistake of opening up too much about your life and job hunt or career goals for future. Try to be discreet at all times. If they discover about your undercover job hunt, probably you’re putting your current job at risk.
  2. Look if hiring an executive recruiter is a feasible option. Hiring an executive recruiter is not so expensive, since their fees are always based on your starting salary. A skilled recruiter will leverage on their contacts and connections to help you navigate career path and get the job role you desire with a company of repute.
  3. Keep silent about your search efforts and leave no hints or clues on social media. Stay professional and mindful of what you post on social media. Keep your job search updates off on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other such sites. Even if you are not connected to your boss and colleagues on social network, what you search has a mysterious way of popping up in places where you would not like it to be seen.
  4. Do not use anyone in your current job as a reference, when you job search. Even if this person happens to be your very good friend at work, it is not advisable to use this contact as a reference. For obvious reasons, you don’t want the job search news to be leaked out in your current organisation, until you finally call it quits to the senior management.
  5. Use your own device and network connectivity to look for jobs, in some time available after work. Do not be sketchy and use company time and resources for your personal career advancement goals. This shows you are disloyal and rude. If you get caught you’re likely to be fired on the spot. Never put your work email or work phone contact on your resume, make a personal email ID that sounds professional in nature to reach out to corporate job opportunities.

Beware of the risks of using your official computer systems for job search, because many companies are now monitoring their employee activities on a day at work. Even subtle hints can make you lose your job, hamper your prospects of a much-awaited promotion and make you look disloyal in the eyes of your managers, thus impacting your personal goodwill.

Never put your personal repute and integrity at stake only to improve your career advancement prospects. Every action has its impact during referrals sought after in the longer-run in future. Navigate your job search process smartly and judiciously.

Also read: 10 Things You Should Avoid Discussing and Revealing at Work

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