1. Take the time to update your current role into your resume. A potential employer needs to see what you are currently doing. Make sure you change your contact information to only your personal phone number and email address, not your work information.
2. Post your resume onto the job boards using the “hide your contact information” setting and confidential feature for your profile display. You wouldn’t want your current employer stumbling upon your resume!
3. Do not list your current manager as your reference! Only use previous employer references.
4. Use your current networking database as an attribute for your new career search. Be discerning with who you speak to though about your search. When you do speak to them, make sure you let them know you are still employed and that you are just proactively seeking a new opportunity.
5. Don’t use company time to search for openings or field phone calls. Your cubicle might not be conducive for that and your boss might notice if you’re using the conference room or going to your car too much! Better yet, search classifieds and job boards after work or on weekends.
6. Schedule interviews before or after work, so you are not missing work. The potential employer will appreciate you mentioning that you cannot interview during company hours; it displays your respect for your profession and company.
7. Tell the interviewer that you wish to remain confidential and that you wish for them not to contact anyone at your current position.
8. Never bash your current employer during the interview. Enough said. Don’t do it.
9. Don’t tell your current colleagues you are searching for a new job.
10. While speaking to potential employers, make sure you promote your capability and not necessarily your availability.
11. There are various ways to self-market yourself without jeopardizing your current employment: Post your expertise on industry-specific blogs and comment boards under articles, write articles for industry publications and online sites, create your own blog and write about what you know, and speak at industry conferences on a panel of experts.
12. Finally, keep up the hard work, focus and attitude! Maintain a balance of searching for a new job and working hard at your current job!
ByÂ Matthew Warzel