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Finding Another Job While You’re Already Employed

There’s an old saying that the best time to find a job is when you already have one. This is quite true; if you are working, you are mostly likely doing your job to the satisfaction of your employer. Other companies will view that as a sign of your overall competence and move you ahead in the pile past people who have been out of the workforce for some time.

However, it is not always desirable to let your current boss know that you are casting out the net in search of a new position. That can make your remaining time with the company quite unpleasant. It can also make it quite short; you may find yourself out of one job before you have had a chance to get that new one.

Fortunately, there are ways you can look for that new job in secret. Here are a three basic tips:

Keep Quiet About It

Even though you may have trusted friends and colleagues in your current workplace, they can accidentally spill the beans. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to tell them…once you have that new position officially confirmed. If they are truly friends, they will understand why you couldn’t mention it in advance.

Also, limit the number of friends outside of work that you tell. That mass e-mail stating that you are looking could accidentally get forwarded to someone you don’t want to know.

Limit Your Communication at Work

Breaks and lunch time are a handy way to catch up on correspondence, but leave all job search matters until you get home. Also, do not print off anything related to your search at work where someone might accidentally read it.

Limit the Information You Reveal While Networking

This might seem a bit suspicious, but, again, it only takes one slip-up for someone to reveal what you are doing. While fishing for leads you can mention the industry that you are in without naming the company.



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Metrolinx May Begin Drug Testing in the Workplace

The Hamilton Spectator reports that Metrolinx may begin alcohol and drug testing in the workplace.

Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of GO Transit and Union Pearson Express (UPX), formed a committee to study the issue last year. Now, Metrolinx officials are waiting to see how workplace drug testing goes at the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) before moving forward with its own plan.

Drug Testing at the TTC

The TTC hired employer drug testing services and began doing spot-checks of workers in safety-sensitive positions in May of 2017. The union that represents TTC workers have been battling management in arbitration over the issue since 2011. Recently, the Superior Court rejected the union’s request for the court to step in and stop the testing via an injunction.

Since the TTC began random alcohol and drug testing in the workplace, four employees have failed tests.

The Impaired Driving Incident at GO Transit

Metrolinx currently has a zero-tolerance approach to drug and alcohol use on the job, but it does not make use of employer drug testing services to enforce the policy. Instead, the agency does unannounced check-ins with drivers to ensure compliance.

Back in April, a GO Bus driver was discovered to be impaired during one of these random check-ins. Metrolinx removed him from duty, and he was charged with impaired driving and excess blood alcohol.

According to Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins, this was the first such incident in GO Transit history, and that no driver has ever been involved in an accident due to drugs or alcohol. However, the agency wants to be cautious.

“Some of our positions are driving trains, they’re driving buses on highways fast, with lots of customers, so there is a high risk associated with their job if they aren’t fit for duty,” said Aikins.

GO Transit Union Opposes Workplace Drug Testing

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1587 represents GO Transit drivers. Though the union has not commented on the announcement yet, the leader of the union’s parent organization has opposed random drug and alcohol testing in the past, calling it a “breach of employee’s human rights.”

That is why Metrolinx officials are watching the TTC carefully. “The law right now is a bit murky, so while it’s being tested at the TTC, we’re watching that to see if we move towards that direction,” says Aikins.

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How Important are References?

We all know the basics of job search, right? But do all of them still apply in the 21st century? There are have been so many innovations and so many new industries sprout up in the past few years, the plain paper resumé seems rather quaint. However, there is a reason that this format and its components have endured for so many years: they offer a predictable and streamlined way for employers to get a first glance at your credentials.

References are a part of the standard resumé package and one that people should take more seriously. Employers do look at your references and they do indeed run reference checks. Office Team reported that more than 20% of candidates are eliminated from consideration once potential employers speak to the people in the reference section.

What is the best course of action when it comes to references? First off, do not put anyone down without getting their permission. Can you imagine being phoned by an employer and asked questions about someone without any advance warning? You will not have thought about what you might say, and your answers might not be that positive. In fact, you might be so annoyed that you intentionally say something negative or simply hang up.

Choose people that you know liked your performance and respect your skills. Once you have received the OK to use them as a reference, don’t be afraid to tell the person what you would like emphasized. For example, if you are seeking a job as an administrative assistant, you could ask them to emphasize how good you are with time management and attention to detail.

Most importantly, don’t believe that your references are not important. If you are facing a lot of competition for a position and the hiring manager is not sure who to go with, they will put a lot of emphasis on how your references speak about you.