You say to yourself that it is time to move on. For whatever reason, you want to find a new job, but you do not want to quit your current job unless you get a new job offer.|
Ironically, it is much easier for you to find a job when you already have a job than when you do not have a job. Nevertheless, you still need to find spare time in order to look for a new job while you have a job.
There are a few things that you should consider:
- do not tell anybody at work that you are looking for a new job.
- do not use the company materials such as company phone and fax machine. You can use your computer at work for word processing, but be very careful not to let anybody see it. Also, be careful when you use your computer at work to visit job sites on the Internet.
- when you apply for a job, do not give out your company phone number. Give out your home phone number or your cellular phone number. Cellular phones are great because you can take them anywhere. If a prospective employer or recruiter calls your cell phone when you are at work, you can simply walk around while talking on the phone. Also, turn down the volume of your cell phone in order to prevent your coworkers from hearing the ring every time somebody calls you up.
- when you apply for a job, do not give out your company email address or your personal email address. Create a new email address for you to use until you get a new job offer. You can get a free email address at web sites such as www.mail.com and www.google.com
The advantage of getting an email address from those sites is that you can really keep your job search confidential because the new email address is only being used during your job search. After you get a new job, you can simply forget about that email address, which will eventually be disactivated.
- be ready to explain to your interviewers why you want to quit your current job. Never criticize your current employer. If asked, talk positively of your current boss and coworkers.
- try to set up job interviews during the time that will not conflict with your current work time. You may set an interview very early in the morning which may make you late to work for one hour or two. You may also set an interview later in the day and leave for the interview an hour earlier.
- when you get a new job offer, do not forget to give your current employer a two-week notice and do not forget to tell your future employer about the need to give your current employer a two-week notice. By doing this, you show your future employer that you do not simply walk out of a job.
- tell a prospective employer that they should check your references outside your workplace first. If a prospective employer wants to get information about you from your current employer, then ask the prospective employer to do it only when they are sure they want to hire you.
- looking for a job is similar to looking for a date. The person looking for a date must go through the selection process in addition to the interview process and the decision whether or not to go out on a date.
The bottom line about looking for a job is exactly the same as that of looking for a date. Nodoby is going to date you if she/he does not like you or does not feel comfortable with you. No manager is going to hire you if she/he does not like you or does not feel comfortable with you.