Job-hunting is never easy. It’s even more difficult when you’re currently employed. How on Earth do you look for a new job, when your boss is looking over your shoulder? Many people face this dilemma, but it’s possible to work around it. However, you need to be subtle and stealthy, because if your boss finds out, it can cause major problems. Here are three ways you can land a new job, without raising any red flags in the office.
1. Use LinkedIn
Having a profile on LinkedIn doesn’t necessarily mean you’re engaged in a job search, as many people use it simply to expand their professional network. According to The Wall Street Journal, it’s the easiest way to job hunt without creating any alarms. Obviously, you shouldn’t mention on your profile that you’re in the market, but you can make subtle changes on it to alert potential employers, such as updating your recent accomplishments. Also, LinkedIn is a huge time-saver, as potential employers contact you (not the other way round). You don’t need to trawl the net after hours for job openings. You just need to keep an eye on your inbox.
2. Get someone to do your dirty work
Having a full-time job means that your time is precious. You probably won’t be able to research job openings or companies. Even if you do have the time, it’s very risky doing it at work. According to The Wall Street Journal, busy job hunters are now using the services of virtual assistants. For a nominal fee, you can hire someone in India (for example) to do research, and even prepare for interviews on your behalf! Just make sure you choose your virtual assistant wisely. Ideally they should come from a similar industry (or at least be familiar with it). Also, their English should be top-notch.
3. It’s all about the timing
You can’t exactly sneak off to an interview in the middle of your workday, and it’s generally not a good idea to fake illness or lie. However, according to the Harvard Business Review, you can always ask interviewers to work their time around you. A little cheeky, but if your C.V. really caught their eye they might try to accommodate you. If it’s too difficult to make a 06:30 or 23:00 interview, you can always take paid leave. The HBR suggests you cite a ‘personal matter’. If your boss doesn’t ask too many questions, you could get away with it.
It is possible to look for a job while you still have one. You just need to approach it in a subtle way: by using connections on the Internet, outsourcing your research, and working around business hours. If you follow these suggestions you could land a job – without your boss even knowing!
This guest post was written by Ang Lloyd on behalf of Skilled Migrant Jobs, which opens the Australian job market for immigrants.
- More Job Seekers Use Facebook to Find Work than LinkedIn [Infographic] (socialtimes.com)
- How to use LinkedIn for your job search (cbsnews.com)
- Are You Job Wishing or Job Hunting? (vabenefitblog.com)
- Job Search Advice from a Current Job Seeker (compellingmomentum.wordpress.com)