July 1, 2017

7 Tips To Keep Your Job Search A Secret

Are you stuck in a job you hate? You don’t have to stick around a job or office that makes you unhappy. It’s okay to search for a job while you’re currently employed. If you’re ready to make a move, but need the security of a solid paycheck, you’ll want to keep your job search a secret.

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In our tech savvy world, it’s hard to keep anything private. When you’re searching for a job while you’re currently employed, you need to keep your job search under a tight lock and key. Utmost discretion is mandatory because if your current boss finds out you’re searching for a different job, it will reflect poorly on you and could affect your current employment situation.

Let’s take a look at a few tips to keep your job search a secret:

  1. Know What You Want – Do your research at home. Determine what type of job will make you happy. Then start focusing on employers who are hiring.
  2. Search On Your Own Time – When searching for a job, do it on your time. Don’t search from your work computer or use your company email address or phone. Keep it personal and away from anything associated with your current job.
  3. Don’t Make Any Major Changes – To avoid any suspicion, keep your routine, wardrobe, and activities as normal as possible.
  4. Be Careful Of Social Media – Don’t announce your job search on social media and be sure to change your privacy settings.
  5. Consider Your References – It’s highly likely that you’ll need to supply references during your job search. Do you have people outside of your current work circle who can vouch for you in a professional manner?
  6. Ask For Confidentiality – Once you make contact with a prospective employer or recruiter, ask them to keep your job search confidential.
  7. Watch What You Say – Don’t trust anyone. People are connected and they love to talk. If you truly want to keep your job search a secret, don’t tell anyone!

One last rule of thumb that is wise to follow is to always treat your current employer with respect. While it may be necessary to keep your job search a secret, it’s important to communicate your new job in a timely manner and do your best to leave on good terms. It’s never a smart move to burn your bridges.

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Whether you need to make a change or you want to see if the grass is greener on the other side, if you’re currently employed, the best thing you can do is to keep your job search a secret. Hopefully these tips will help to keep your new job search off of your boss’ radar.

If you need help with your job search, visit JobMonkey.com to find all sorts of job search advice and to search and apply for jobs. Good luck!

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About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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