The Dos and Donts of Job Hunting (While you are Still Employed)
Some benefits of staying open to new job opportunities (while employed!) include: not being rushed to secure a job, having more negotiating power, and having confidence in knowing that if an interview fails- you still have a job to fall back on. Whether you are looking for a new job to secure better opportunities, or you are looking to find more at-work-fulfillment; follow these “Dos & Don’ts” to land your next career while staying professional!
Search and explore jobs and interests you would like to pursue before leaving your current position. This gives you more time to focus on the objective of your job search. Why are you leaving? What would you like to see in a new company? Or would a new position with your current company make you happy?
Investigate and follow-up with networking opportunities. Even if you are unable to attend networking or career events, you can still network via social media (ex. LinkedIn) to find new organizations that are hiring or that are of interest.
Attend workshops and professional association meetings. You will not only gain more working knowledge, but you may also meet new people and create new leads and contacts.
Audit your social media. Make sure that your “brand” looks professional even if it’s on a personal social media account. New employers may review your Facebook and Instagram before hiring, so make sure you have a clean and clear image.
Do ask interviewers to not contact your current place of work. If your boss or supervisor hears that you are seeking other opportunities, he/she may take it personally and start their own search to fill your current position in anticipation of you leaving (which could have you jobless!).
Give two weeks notice. If you find a more fitting job to pursue, be professional and give your boss a written letter of two weeks notice of leave and offer to help make the transition of finding a replacement run smoother. Your boss may still be angry or upset with your decision, but by being professional, you avoid burning bridges completely.
Do not tell your boss you are looking for a new job. Your boss may feel betrayed once he/she knows you have plans to leave. This could not only lead to uncomfortableness or resentment from your employer, but by telling your boss you are leaving, you may also miss out on opportunities that could arise (such as a raise, promotion, etc.).
Do not tell your coworkers that you are on the job hunt. Even though you may consider your coworkers friends or even family, word of your desire to depart can ostracize you from the company.
Don’t use company equipment or resources to find your next job (ie; copy machines, your computer, etc.). The biggest risk in job hunting while employed is people in your company finding out that you want to move on. It is better to keep this endeavor quiet until you have a new career lined up!
Do not look for a new job when on the clock. This is essentially stealing money from your current company by wasting time and resources. Keep your job hunting organized and professional by doing it on your own time.
Do not post your resume on employment websites or boards- someone you work with could potentially see this information and spread word to your coworkers or supervisors.
Do not talk negatively about your boss or coworkers while interviewing! By doing so, interviewers may see you as difficult to get along with!
While it is certainly OK to look for better opportunities while you are currently employed, be smart about it and don’t burn any bridges.