5 Do’s And Don’ts Of Job Searching While Still Employed
Most career experts would tell you to start looking for a new job while you’re still employed. But when you do—you must tread carefully. to compile a list of the 6 dos and don’ts of job searching while you’re employed.
1. Never bad-mouth your current employer.
Even if you are in a bad situation with a tyrannical Vader-like boss, it’s prudent to take the high road, demonstrate some class and ensure that you don’t burn any bridges. Keep your conversations and your psyche focused on the positive benefits of moving forward, rather than the negative aspect of what you are trying to escape.
2. Let your prospective employer know that your job search should be kept confidential.
Teach suggests that you inform them that you don’t want your current employer to know that you’re looking for a new job and would appreciate it if they told as few people as possible that you are interviewing
3. Don’t use any of your current co-workers or supervisors as references.
If one of them is contacted while you’re looking for a new job and they’re not aware you’re looking for a new job, you’ll have a lot of explaining to do. Don’t put yourself in this position.
4. Schedule interviews during non-work hours.
Remember the key is to keep productivity up while at work, and missing work hours can directly have an effect on this. Don’t create a situation where your employer will question your loyalty due to your absence at obvious work hours.
5. Stay focused on your current job.
Continue to perform at or above your current performance level. It is important to show respect and professionalism to your current employer.
You should never check out prematurely or “go on autopilot.” As difficult as this may be, this is the time to keep doing stellar work, to preserve your reputation and be able to leave, when the time comes, with your head held high.
Though it can be hard to stay focused on your current job when a job search requires a lot of time and effort, you must remember who is giving you that paycheck every week or two.