Let’s be honest: for job seekers, it’s always better to go looking for a job while you’re still employed. For one, there’s no real pressure of unemployment bogging down on you. During interviews, you’ll be more confident in sharing your strengths rather than defending your reasons as to why you quit or lost your previous job. You’ll also be in a better position to make demands, which you really can’t do as successfully if you’re in between jobs.
Of course, there are also risks that come with it. While your potential employers would prefer it, it’s a completely different picture when it comes to your current one. If they are made aware of your job-hunting plans, it can become an issue of loyalty, employee happiness, and commitment — even though it’s not. If you think you’re in a workplace that could give you consequences for your plans of personal growth, we’d have to agree that it’s better to avoid them altogether. Here are some tips to effectively find jobs while still employed.
1. Update your online job profile regularly - even when you’re not looking for a new job. You should already know this if LinkedIn is one of your go-to places when you’re job-hunting. This also applies to your profiles on job portals. If you have one on ICTJob.ph, you can update your profile here.
While it is unlikely that people will be observing your online activity, it’s better to be safe and keep your profile updated whenever you can. This way, you won’t have to worry about people jumping to conclusions when they see your current updates, and you’ll be ready when you start looking for a job.
2. Keep it private. While it’s courtesy to let your boss know of your plans, it still depends on your working relationship. If you feel that it would end up in a bad note, then it’s better to keep it to yourself. Keep your coworkers out of it as well. You know how the office grapevine works: there’s no control over how fast information will spread and distort. It’s always best to leave on a good note.
Also, don’t post anything on social media that may hint at your plans on leaving. People are smarter than you think, they’ll easily figure it out. Another quick: don’t ever use company-owned laptops, phones, computers, and internet connection for your job search to avoid unwanted suspicion.
3. Don’t dwell on your negative feelings about your employer. Sharing anything negative won’t do you any good. It will only make you look like you’re bad-mouthing them. Instead, focus on positive things like new work opportunities that will come your way. You might get surprised at how good you’ll feel for taking the high road. A little prudence goes a long way.
4. Don’t use references from your current work. This one’s as simple as it gets. If you don’t want your employers to find out, don’t use them as references. This is where having a good working relationship pays off: if you feel like you can trust your manager enough to let them know about your plans, then there will be no worries adding them as references.
5. Schedule a leave or do interviews on non-work hours. This is more about staying focused on your current job. Because it’s important to leave a good reputation/impression before you leave, you can’t sacrifice your productivity or work — especially if it’s expected in your existing role. Having unusually recurrent leaves will also raise suspicion. Scheduling your interviews on non-work hours or on your leaves (you may not be using them soon, after all) won’t leave you that mini-dilemma.
Employers favor applying job seekers who still have a current job because chances are, they’d be a good hire. Following these tips will effectively make it easier for you to find a new job while you’re still employed. Register now on ICTJob.ph and check out the amazing job opportunities waiting for you - sorted to match your experience, skills, and qualifications.
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