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How to Look for Work While You're Still Working

1. Use caution.

While it may be tempting to speak with a colleague, you should refrain. Your intention to look for work elsewhere might easily be discovered by your boss, resulting in an unexpected firing. It's important to remain discreet and notify no one at work that you're seeking for other chances.

2. Search using just your own devices.

To perform employment searches, only use your own phone, computer, or email. If you need to perform job-search-related business while at work, utilize your mobile phone and your own data plan instead than the office WiFi. Use just your own email account while searching. To look more professional to hiring supervisors, you may consider using a business email account. You could, for example, create a Google business email address that looks like

3. Plan ahead of time

Inform the potential employer that you are trying to be as inconspicuous as possible with your job search and ask if you may interview before, after, or during lunch. If that isn't feasible, try taking a personal day or, if the interview can be scheduled far enough in advance, a vacation day.

4. Use previous jobs as references

Most recruiting supervisors are OK with receiving references from prior employers. Compile a list of prior employers and supervisors and notify them ahead of time that they may be contacted by possible new employers.

5. Be mindful of your attire

If your interview is scheduled after work or at lunch, be mindful of what you wear to the workplace. Wearing a suit in a casual work setting, for example, would most certainly tip your employer to the fact that you're interviewing elsewhere. However, depending on the culture of the organization you're interviewing with, smart casual may be more acceptable. Make a strategy for where you'll change on the way to the interview and give enough time to make the shift.

6. Make changes to your LinkedIn profile.

Turn off alerts before you begin editing so that changes are not broadcast to your personal LinkedIn network. Maintain your specified abilities by keeping them up to date and consistent with what you perform in your present employment. Make sure your profile picture is current and professional, but avoid any significant modifications. It's ideal to maintain your profile up to date at all times so that when you're ready to make a profession change, it's completely up to date.

7. Make job-related calls outside of the workplace.

Before arranging a formal interview, employers often prefer to do screening calls. Make careful to arrange these and any other job search-related calls when you will be out of the office. Go to a neighboring coffee shop or your automobile where you can concentrate and be alone.

8. Job searching on your own leisure

Make sure you complete all of your job search efforts at home, on your own time. Avoid the temptation to check fresh job advertisements on your phone or react to communications from possible employers. Set aside time during your lunch hour to react to emails that need immediate attention.

Set aside one or two hours each day to review job advertisements, explore businesses, create cover letters, and send resumes to get yourself in the appropriate mindset for job looking.

9. Request that prospective employers remain discreet.

Hiring managers and recruiters recognize that you don't want your current employer to know you're searching for a new job. To prevent uncertainty, be straightforward and forthright about your need for caution. If you are concerned that the recruiter will not be discreet, consider hiring someone else to help you with your search.

10. Be cautious while shopping online.

Use caution while utilizing social media or browsing job boards. A simple status update might notify your company that you're seeking for new opportunities. When posting your resume online, reduce the danger by verifying your privacy settings and utilizing services that hide your identity.

11. Keep up the good job.

It's critical to keep putting forth your best effort at work and maintaining positive relationships with your boss and colleagues. While you owe it to yourself to seek out opportunities that are emotionally, intellectually, and personally fulfilling, you also want to maintain positive working relationships with those around you so that when you do eventually secure a new position elsewhere, they will be viable options for future references for you.

12. Keep an optimistic attitude

Maintain an optimistic attitude even if you've opted to look for new prospects elsewhere. Accept extra responsibilities, such as mentoring a new employee. Be a team player and keep your enthusiasm even if you realize the job or organization is no longer a good match for you.

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