Since the best time to look for a job is when you are already employed, here are some tips on how to keep your job search as quiet as possible:
- Don’t answer blind ads: When answering blind ads, be careful one might be from your current employer. If you answer it, there might be another job opening at your office- yours!
- Don’t use your Company’s e-mail for your job search: Most companies now have “acceptable use policies” about company e-mail … and they may be scanning it. Also don’t put your company’s e-mail address in your CV.
- Don’t give out your official voicemail: Use your cell phone voice mail instead. Avoid giving out your office phone number.
- Never do your job search on Company time: Your potential employer will figure out what you are doing and judge you negatively.
- Schedule Interviews during “off time”. Schedule interviews and make phone calls early in the morning, at lunch during evenings and weekends. Also use vacation time for active job search.
Potential employers will form an opinion about you. If you do it to your current employer, you will do it to a new employer as well.
- Give reference outside the Company: Alternatively, tell the potential employer you will give current references when a firm job offer is ready