The current job market is highly saturated and there are lots of uncertainties. Yet, there are still some lucrative job opportunities out there if you position yourself very well. If you are passionate about getting a new job and you’re currently employed, finding the job can be a tricky process.
Typically, when you are currently working, you want to keep the fact that you are job hunting under the radar. If your colleagues or manager finds out that you are applying for new jobs elsewhere, it usually does not end well.
So, how do you concentrate on your current job and still be effective in your job hunt? In this article, we have put together a few tips to enable you to strike a balance between these two endeavors. So, sit back and relax while we share these useful tips with you.
1). Have a plan
The first tip on our list is to have a plan. There is this popular saying which we agree with that; “if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” Planning is very essential in your job hunting process when currently working.
If you create a list of firms, job titles, and new skills to acquire, proper planning would make it more organized and eventually become successful. So how do you create a plan that would work? Simply! Allocate time outside of your current job and concentrate all your effort into the job search. In fact, to make things easy for you, create a job alert on Google and other search engines like www.indeed.com. Plus, you can also bookmark any job board that is of interest to you.
2). Be prepared for anything
After mapping out a proper plan, the next step is to be prepared for anything. Does this point ring any bell? All the applications you’ve sent out will definitely fetch you an interview; hence the need to prepare for anything. Apart from getting interview calls, you also need to prepare a catchy resume, cover letter, as well as other materials that would improve your chances of getting the job. If you need to arrange your portfolio or samples, then do it at the earliest.
3). Don’t use the company’s computer, phone, printer, etc.
It may seem comfortable and convenient to print your resume and cover letter from the company’s printer or to even check your emails – don’t do it. A lot of companies monitor and track their employees’ activities on the company’s network. Plus, the last thing you would want to do is to allow your colleagues to see your print out documents for job applications. So, it is better you stick with your personal devices.
4). Stay under the radar
If you want to be successful in your job search while currently employed, then stay under the radar. We understand it might be tempting to tell your colleagues, but it is certainly not the best idea. If your employer finds out you are pushing out applications under their nose, you could put your current job in jeopardy and be stuck unemployed. Obviously, there is nothing bad reaching out to your connections in your job search process but make sure to advise them to keep your search private.
5). Don’t slack
The fact that you have made up your mind to get a new job doesn’t mean you should lose focus on your current job. For now (pending when you land a new job), your focus and attention should be directed towards your current job.
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Don’t you want to maintain a smooth working relationship with your boss and colleagues? Who wouldn’t! But if you slack, it can have a negative effect on that relationship.
6). Do ask the possible employer for confidentiality
When it is time for an interview, ensure you plead with the potential employer to keep it confidential for now. From our experience in the job search process, many employers will be willing to honor your plead of not contacting your current company. Also, if the potential employer asks you to provide references, do not use your current colleagues or manager.
Now, we hope that the above tips will help you find a new job. Feel free to share your experiences with us using the comment box below.