By Matt Weston, Director at Robert Half International
Matt has worked for Robert Half for ten years; he began his career as a recruitment consultant for Robert Half Finance and Accounting’s temporary practice. With extensive experience in financial recruitment in the South West region, Matt is a familiar industry figure and a valuable spokesperson on current trends affecting the market.
Trying to get noticed while flying under the radar?
“The best time to search for a job is when you have a job.”
No doubt you’ve heard that advice before, and it’s hard to argue with the logic. But looking for a new work opportunity while you’re employed can be a challenge, especially when trying to keep your plans under wraps.
Most workers don’t seem to mind the delicate balancing act, however, even if it means attending interviews before or after work, or even during lunch breaks. Still, for many reasons — namely, continuing to hold on to the job you have — it’s good practice not to advertise your intentions until you’re ready to make a move.
- Keep quiet. Rule number one: If you want to keep your job search a secret, don’t talk about it with anyone at the office. No one. Even trusted colleagues should be kept in the dark so they don’t inadvertently tip off the gossip mongers (and your boss). Also ask friends, family members, former colleagues and other contacts who know of your plans to stay “mum” until you’re officially ready to resign.
- Manage your online activity. Of course you should tap your online network when looking for a job. But that doesn’t mean you should openly broadcast the fact that you’re seeking work. A single status update on LinkedIn could be enough to alert your employer of your search. So, take care to use your privacy settings. Also look into services that mask your identity when posting your CV online. Be careful when using email, too. Just because you send a confidential message to a contact doesn’t mean it won’t be read by someone else.
- Use your own equipment. Yes, it’s increasingly common for workers to use a company-issued device for both work and personal use. However, it’s simply not professional to use your employer’s resources to write your CV, review job sites, or correspond with a hiring manager.Also keep in mind that many firms monitor their workers’ Internet use and phone calls. If you’re not careful, you may end up being shown the door before you’re ready to make your exit.
- Don’t ‘check out’ before it’s time. No matter how unfulfilled you may be in your current position, stay engaged. Business is business, and you have a commitment to your employer to be productive and perform your assigned duties until you leave. You also may need your colleagues — including your boss — to serve as references in the future. So, take care not to disappoint colleagues as you plan your next career move. No matter where you go, you’ll always need your good reputation to follow.
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