If you’re thinking about testing the waters and searching for a new job, it’s likely that you do not want your boss or co-workers finding out about your search. Keeping your job search confidential is extremely important when you are currently employed. There are several things that you should keep in mind when starting your new job search.
1. Do not post your resume.
You would be surprised at how many companies actually surf the job boards in search of anyone in their company who has posted their resume recently. This gives managers a heads-up on any employees who may be leaving soon, enabling them to begin a candidate search much quicker.
What happens if your employer finds “the perfect candidate” to replace you before you have found another job? Take my advice and do not post your resume on job sites for anyone to see.
2. Only apply to jobs that you are truly interested in.
When you are looking at job postings, make sure that you only apply to jobs that you are really interested in and that you believe to be a good fit for you. Remember, if you are being discreet in your job search, this allows you more time to make sure you find the right job rather than just another job. While you are employed, why not take your time and make sure you find the perfect job, rather than wasting your time interviewing for jobs that you really have no interest in?
Take your time with your search, and in the beginning apply to only a select number of jobs. By being selective and applying to a small number of openings, this also allows you to remember the postings you applied to and ensure that they are a good fit for you based on the descriptions.
3. Be cautious of social media.
Today, it is popular to share everything on social media. From selfies to photos of what you had for breakfast, there is very little that people won’t share on social media.
No matter the temptation, you need to refrain from sharing anything about your job search on social media. No matter what your privacy settings are, there may be a way for your comments to filter out to your boss or someone you work with. Your best bet is to keep the job search secret, only disclosing it to people you must share it with such as a spouse or significant other, etc.
Remember that the more people you tell, the better chance you have of the word getting around to your boss.
What are some ways that you have discretely searched for another job? Please share your tips in the comments below.