If you’re considering a new job while still employed, you’re not alone. According to a survey conducted by Top Resume, more than 70% of people who are currently employed are open to new job opportunities if they arise. Being currently employed can also be to your advantage because you won’t be as desperate to take the first offer you get. That can strengthen your negotiation position.
Looking for a job while you have one will become your part-time job, so an organized search is essential. Here are 14 tips for how to find and how to interview for a job while employed.
There are some rules for how to find a new job while still working. Here are some key points to remember.
Attend professional association meetings and workshops. Put yourself where you can meet potential contacts. Also, reach out to old bosses, coworkers, or others who can help you.
Employers will check your LinkedIn profile, so update it before you begin your search. Don’t, however, indicate that you’re looking for new opportunities if you’re worried about tipping off your current employer.
Some employers outsource recruiting to staffing companies or executive search firms. Research the types of roles the agency or recruiter hires for to make sure there’s a good match with your goals. Also, avoid recruiters who charge for this service since most are paid by companies that are looking to hire.
Secrecy is paramount, and prospective employers know this. Meet their needs by asking them to let you know if they’re going to contact your employer. You can head off any difficulty this way.
This will control any questions about long “lunches” that are cover for interviews or about your wardrobe (as cited in detail below). Think about taking time off for interviews instead.
No matter how much you try to control the search, your employer may be tipped off. If asked, be honest. There’s nothing to be gained by lying.
Above all, remember that you still have a job to do, so don’t let your search distract you from your current work. It’s important to show professionalism and respect for your present employer.
You don’t need the information to get out before you’re ready and put you at risk of losing your current job.
Again, don’t assume your friends will keep your secret or that your boss won’t stumble across your intentions. You don’t need to share everything on social media.
This is another way you can tip off your current employer. If you want prospective employers to have your resume, contact them directly.
This may lead to an awkward situation if they’re not aware you’re looking. Leave your current job out of this. You should have plenty of other people to tap for references.
This means computers, printers, or even just time at work. Remember, you wouldn’t do a part-time job at your full-time place of employment, and searching for new work certainly feels like a part-time job.
Showing up for your current job in a suit or nice dress may tip your hand if this isn’t your typical attire or differs from your office dress code. If your potential new position will require a different wardrobe, consider moving the time to your off-hours or change for the interview.
When you get that interview, keep it positive, or at least neutral. Criticizing your current boss, coworkers, or company makes you seem like a negative person and a potentially difficult employee.