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.