How to Find a Job When You Have a Job

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Searching for a job while you still have a job can be a very intimidating process. With a busy work schedule, it can also be hard to devote time to finding a new career. Here are some tips I have learned over the years to help you keep a confidential job search:

  1. Correspond with potential employers on your own medium. Do not use company phones or emails to search for jobs or connect with hiring managers.
  2. There are a number of wonderful websites where employees can post resumes and hiring managers can search for candidates. Be sure to use caution when posting a resume to make sure it does not fall into the hands of a current employer. Some candidates will use a generic name for their current company or some candidates will not include their last name when posting to keep their search secure.
  3. Use a lunch hour or time after the work day to respond to potential employers. Let hiring managers know up front of your time restrictions and provide potential employers the best communication mode to correspond. If a matter is urgent, respond from your own personal email.
  4. Most employers want candidates to provide references. If there is a previous employee or a co-worker that you feel won’t breach confidentiality, consider that person for a reference.
  5. Investigate on your own time. Read local business magazines or search web ads to see what companies are growing or expanding. If you see an opening, contact the hiring manager directly.
  6. Keep a refreshed LinkedIn profile that gives specific examples of skill sets, work history and accomplishments. Many recruiters will find candidates through key word searches on social media sites. Ask for previous employers or coworkers to write recommendations as well.
  7. Utilize the help of a recruiter. Recruiters understand the importance of a confidential search and have inside information on what companies are hiring.
Are there additional tips you have for searching for a new position while still working?

Written by: Catherine Culler Catherine Culler
Catherine Culler has been a recruiter with Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing since 2000. She specializes in recruiting and staffing for accounting, human resources, legal, administrative, financial, sales and customer service positions. Her prior background includes work in medical sales and sales training. She has three children, a son who is in seventh grade and twin daughters in sixth grade.

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