Many people who wish to change jobs will start their job search while they are still working their current job. This is a great idea because it can minimize the lapse in pay between employments. If you do decide to job search while employed, there are certain things you should and should not do. See our list below for our list of Do’s and Don’ts of job searching while employed.
-Do update your LinkedIn profile. In today’s world, many prospective employers will view your LinkedIn account as an online resume. Make sure your account is not only up to date, but also fully completed. Be sure to include a professional photo of yourself — this is the first thing people will see when searching for you.
-Don’t post your interest in finding a new job on your social media accounts. The great thing about social media is that it is easily accessible; but this can be considered a downfall as well. If your current employer or coworkers saw your posts about looking for a new job, it could result in an uncomfortable situation at work.
-Don’t post your resume on job boards. Many employers will check job boards often, and having your resume uploaded could be a red flag that you are interested in leaving your current position.
-Do search for a new job on your own time. You do not want to jeopardize your current income by searching for a new job while on the clock. Not only is this not ethical, it will distract you from working to your full potential while at work.
-Don’t use current coworkers or supervisors as references on your resume. You do not necessarily want your current job to know that you are looking for a new one. Having your coworkers listed as references could cause an uncomfortable situation at work.
-Don’t wear your interview clothes to your current employment. If you work in a business casual environment but start showing up in interview attire, you are going to raise suspicion within the office.
-Do be honest during your interviews. Go ahead and tell the potential employer that you would like to keep your job search a secret from your current employer.
-Do schedule your interviews and job searching on your own time. Don’t let the idea of a new job affect your productivity level at your current one.
-Don’t lie if asked directly. If your currently employer asks you if you are on the job hunt, it is important that you remain honest. Not only will this prevent you from burning bridges and potential connections in the future, it will also make giving your notice easier when the time comes.
-Do network with trusted friends. If you have a friend who works in the industry that you are hoping to transition into, it is okay to talk with them about any advice they may have. Only open up to trusted friends, but dig deep and network.
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