Tips for Maintaining the Secrecy of Your Job Search

Tips for Maintaining the Secrecy of Your Job Search

1. Continue the great work

Since you know you'll soon leave the work, you may begin to put forth less effort without even recognizing it. You might spend a little more time on social media and a little less time working on your assignments. Alternatively, you may begin arriving late, departing early, and taking extra-long lunches!

However, your manager can see these behaviors as a hint that you're actively seeking employment elsewhere or that you're not as invested in the position as you once were. And that might result in issues at work, including getting fired! Maintain your performance levels even though you are more than willing to give up. In this manner, your boss will still view you as the professional they have come to know when you do depart, increasing the likelihood that they will give you a favorable recommendation in the future.

2. Uphold Boundaries

There are a limited number of hours in each day. It can be tempting to conduct some of your job searches while you're on the clock because many of them are spent at work. However, even a cursory glance at an email or listening to a voicemail could reveal sensitive information about your employment quest. Keep your job search and your work separate.

Use your personal devices, not those provided by your employer, for all job search-related tasks. This includes abstaining from using your personal phone on the network or servers of the company. An employer can far too easily find out what websites and job boards you've visited and who you've spoken to while working. You should only interact with prospective employers using your personal email address because your employer can still view all of the emails in your company account even if you work from home and connect to your own internet.

3. Interviewing After Hours

Schedule your interviews outside of your working hours, preferably before or after, if you are an office worker. It first aids in keeping the lines of demarcation between your job hunt and your work. People can begin to suspect you if you frequently leave the office on "an errand." This also holds true for online interviews.

To avoid repeatedly racing to the car or coffee shop for 30 minutes at a time, attempt to schedule interviews outside of the workday if you work in an office. The opportunity to change into and out of your interview attire is provided by scheduling your interviews outside of working hours. Your manager will start to wonder what's going on if you suddenly start dressing to the nines every few days when you don't typically wear a suit and tie to work.

4. Maintain Silence

No matter why you're searching for a new position, keep that knowledge to yourself. You never know when something someone says could be relayed to your boss. Regardless of how enthusiastic you are about your job search, wait to tell anyone until you have a written offer in hand.

The one exception is mentioning that you're looking for jobs on your network. They could be able to put you in touch with the untapped labor pool and expedite your hunt. However, be selective about who you speak with. Choose individuals who have no affiliation with your current employer and request that they maintain as much silence as possible.

5. Find New References

During the last stage of the hiring process, your future supervisor will ask you for a few professional references. It's good news, then. However, avoid using your present boss as one of them. Instead, get in touch with former coworkers and managers. Depending on the circumstances, you might ask a former teacher or even a volunteer partner to serve as a professional reference. In essence, a reference is someone who can verify that you are a wonderful worker and a professional.

6. Verify Social Media

Your present company might monitor your social media presence, just as hiring managers frequently do with candidates. While keeping quiet about your job hunt is best, check your privacy settings and secure your accounts to prevent unintentionally sharing what you're doing.

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