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How to look for a job when you already have one

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If you have a job already then searching a new one is difficult. You have to keep secret your new job search.

Preparation

Prepare your CV or resume well in advance and tailor fit the application letter towards the various jobs you want to apply for. If you’re on LinkedIn make sure your profile is updated and looking good.

Don’t use office resources

It’s a good idea to use only personal resources when applying for jobs. Don’t use office resources such as the computer, phone number or email address. Use your personal phone number, email, snail mail and your own computer. Some employers monitor their network and phone calls.

Scheduling your interviews

When you’re called for an interview, schedule it in such a way that it doesn’t conflict with your current job too much. Schedule it early in the morning, during your lunch break or in the evening as those are times that are easier to get away with. Keep a change of clothes in your car so that it’s not obvious to everyone that you’re attending an interview. They may get suspicious if you come in all dressed to kill. Alternatively you can use your vacation days so that you don’t have to lie to your current employer.

If the interview is on Skype or via a phone call, make sure you find an isolated place to talk.

References

Don’t use references from your current job when you attend an interview. Your prospective employer may try your current boss and in the process notify them of your intent to leave. Some employers don’t react well when they get news that someone wants to leave.

Resign gracefully

If you do get a new job it’s important to leave your current one on a good note. Make sure you give adequate notice and handover so your work properly to your colleagues so that there’s a smooth transition.

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