Career advancement, salary increases, career transitions and burnout are just a few of the myriad reasons why people seek out a better job than the one they currently hold. Searching for a job while you’re still employed is common, but it is still a sensitive activity. Confidentiality in a search is critical in order to protect your livelihood, your professional relationships and your reputation. If you are considering leaving your current position for greener pastures, here are two ways to look for a better job confidentially.
One: Go Directly To The Source
Posting your resume to job boards or spending lots of time on LinkedIn can come back to bite you sooner rather than later. You never know who is keeping an eye out online, and it only takes one set of the “wrong” eyes to alert your boss that you’re looking.
Instead of going public with a search you’re trying to keep confidential, go personal. Tap into your network, choosing people very carefully. Share with trusted associates the fact that you’re open to new opportunities. You can also send your resume directly to the hiring manager at your target organizations, sidestepping any public application process. By networking with trusted associates and going directly to the source, you can eliminate the chances of being “outed” online.
Two: Work With A Professional Recruiter
Working with a professional recruiter can take the stress out of a confidential job search. Recruiters have lots of experience helping candidates confidentially move on to bigger and better career opportunities. They know not to contact you at work, reach out to your current employer or post your information anywhere publicly. They may even be able to help you schedule interviews before or after work hours, so you won’t tip anyone off by suddenly having a “dentist appointment” once every week.
Working with a recruiter also takes much of the hassle out of the search itself. You don’t have to spend hours every evening scouring postings, sending out resumes and following up with potential employers. The recruiter handles all of that for you, behind the scenes. They even know about openings that haven’t been made public yet, which instantly helps you cast a wider net.
Final Rules of Thumb
It should go without saying that you should never do any job-search related activities in the office or on company equipment. If you receive calls about potential opportunities during the workday, use your lunch break or step out for a coffee and listen to the message. If you return a call in public, try to do it from your car, where you can be sure no one will overhear you. Finally, no matter how much you trust a coworker, never share with them the fact that you are searching for a new job.
These are all very common-sense tips, but they can be easy to forget when you’re knee-deep in a search. It is the times when job seekers let their guard down that they jeopardize their confidential search.