3 Tips to Searching for a Job When You’re Still Employed
Searching for a job when you’re employed can be awkward. Not only are you working around interviews and phone calls from potential employers, but you have to find a way to explain why you are looking for new work too. Here are a few tips on how to best navigate the process and land the job.
Do It on Your Time
Don’t perform your job hunt on your boss’ dime. Make time to work on your resume, perform interviews, and fill out applications when you are off the clock. It is not respectful of your current employer’s time, and it is unprofessional.
Keeping your application process off the clock will also help you avoid anyone at your current place-of-work, knowing that you are looking for work. To your future employer, it displays that you continue to be focused and hardworking despite wishing to change jobs. When you send out resumes and applications during the workday, it may give your potential employer the idea that you would do the same on their time.
Think About Your Clothing
You know the saying, “dress for the job you want.” Well, this is true, but you should also consider how it might tip off your current employer. For instance, if you typically dress down and you come into work in a suit, it could let them know you are interviewing elsewhere. Of course, this may depend entirely on the current company culture and potential employer’s company culture.
Instead of coming into work ready to go, keep a change of clothes in the car and plan for a place to swap your outfit. This will keep anyone in your current workplace from getting suspicious. It can also prevent you from damaging your interview attire in any way (i.e., food stains, ink stains, etc.).
Continue to Work Hard
Even once you’ve landed a new job, continue to work hard. You do not want to leave a bad impression on your current employer. After all, there may come to be a time where you need their recommendation for a position down the road. Stay professional and do the best job you can do.
You should also be sure to give your current employer proper notice when the time comes. Let your potential employer know that that is something you plan to do if hired. This will let them know you are a loyal and responsible employee.
Bonus Tip: Work with a Staffing Agency
Another great way you can avoid the awkwardness of searching for a job when you’re still employed is by connecting with a staffing agency. They can help find companies and positions that best-suit your skills while you continue to work your day job. When a position you seem to be a good fit for arises, they’ll contact you. If your search becomes more urgent or something changes, you can reach out to let them know. Contact us at The Bradley Group to see how we can assist you in your search!