Looking for a New Job?
Being Smart about Changing Jobs
Most people look for a new job at one point or another throughout their careers. While it’s a standard part of the workforce, it can be tricky to navigate a job hunt while being employed. It’s important to stay respectful of the employer you currently work for, and continuing to work hard in the position. Being sneaky is never a good plan, but sometimes a little stealth is necessary.
In the Wall Street Journal article “The Smart Way to Switch Jobs Quietly”, a few different scenarios are provided to showcase how the job hunt can go, depending on the decisions you make. There are a few major mistakes that can be made, and those typically have to do with social media. While social media can be an amazing tool, it can also be unforgiving if used unwisely. Always remember who you are connected to and what information is publicly available to followers. You may accidentally share information with the wrong people.
It’s best to keep things simple, don’t come up with elaborate reasons as to why you may have to step out of the office for a day. It can hurt your relationship with current employers and coworkers if they stumble across the real reason, and those are not bridges you want to burn especially if the interview does not pan out. You may be job hunting, but your work ethic should not waiver.
Dos and Don’ts of Job Hunting
The following are tips on what to do and what not to do when looking for a new job, while also being employed, taken directly from the article.
- Cultivate an image of being actively engaged in your profession, whether you’re job-hunting or not.
- Keep giving 100% on the job throughout your search.
- Plan what to say if your boss asks if you’re looking around.
- Turn off LinkedIn notifications to your network about new contacts and updates to your bio.
- Allow your interest in new projects or plans to wane.
- Use your employer’s computer, email, phone or copier for your job search.
- Try to cram a job interview into a one-hour lunch break.
- Allow yourself to be drawn into a conversation about quitting before you’re ready.
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