online job search – Career Hunts Blog Career Hunts blog | Job Recruitment Advice | Career Guide Wed, 04 Jan 2023 10:48:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HOW TO JOB SEARCH SECRETLY SO THAT YOU DON’T GET FIRED Wed, 04 Jan 2023 10:48:14 +0000 HOW TO JOB SEARCH SECRETLY SO THAT YOU DON’T GET FIRED

When you are currently employed, you should conceal the fact that you are job hunting so that your current employer does not find out.

Here are 10 ways to do just this.

  1. Don’t talk about your job search at the office

If you want to keep your plans under wraps, it doesn’t matter how friendly your coworkers are; you never know who they might tell. Even if you confide in just one person, they might tell just one more person, and word might eventually make its way to your boss. They might do this to further their own goals, or it might “slip out” inadvertently.

  1. Look for work outside of the office.

While it’s possible to do some online shopping even while at the office, it’s not a good idea to look at job boards. If your boss were to catch you in the act, what would you say? While you are technically on company time, you are still physically located at the office.

  1. When submitting your resume and applications, exercise caution.

You don’t have to be specific about your current employer and location on your resume. You should not give out your work email or phone number because they could be tracked. Further, it suggests that the person is the type to commit petty fraud upon joining a new organisation. In addition, your user name should reflect your professional identity. Use your personal LinkedIn profile instead of a company page.

  1. Never copy anything at work.

We all use office photocopiers from time to time, but what if the paper jams and someone else ends up with a copy of your application? It’s best if you don’t take that chance.

  1. Take no business calls while on the clock

If you don’t want to be interrupted while you’re working, it’s best to let your phone go straight to voice mail and respond to messages during lunch.

  1. Schedule interviews for when you’re free or after hours.

Be sure to have some vacation time left over in case you need to request a day off to attend an interview. A few sick days won’t hurt, but a poor sick record could cause them to rescind the offer of employment once they find out about it. Instead of making up an illness to get out of an interview, request a personal day. You can be brief and simply state that you must attend to a personal matter, and no further explanation is required.

  1. Maintain your regular work attire.

During lunchtime, you might have an interview that lasts an hour. Even though it’s fantastic that you can work this into your day, you should give some thought to what you plan to wear. If you have a reputation for dressing casually, showing up in your interview attire will raise eyebrows. It’s possible you’ll have to find a place to change away from the building.

  1. Referencing should be done with caution.

If you’re asked for references, check the box that says your current employer should be contacted only if your application is successful. An excessive number of businesses already contact references before scheduling an interview. Not so good for you, so tread carefully when sharing information.

  1. Maintain a consistent level of excellence.

The job search process could take several months, so it’s not a good idea to slack off at your current job. A large portion of the workforce will lose their drive and focus on nothing but the (unknown) future job. A less than stellar recommendation could result from this.

  1. Networking

Focus instead on how you may advance in your profession and how you welcome new challenges when networking, but never mention that you are unhappy in your current position or that you are looking to leave.

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