Even in today’s red hot job market, it’s always best to find a new position before leaving your old one. It can take weeks or even months to get hired, and you don’t want to run out of money or leave a gap on your resume in the meantime. But job hunting while employed can be tricky. Here are some tips.
How Can You Find a New Job While Still Employed?
If you’re already employed, you have the benefit of time. Do a preliminary job search to see what the possibilities are, and then do some soul searching. Why do you want to leave your current role? What do you see yourself doing next? What are your must-haves and dealbreakers in a new position? Figure out what you truly want before you start applying.
You may have outgrown your specific role, but if you like the company overall, it may be worth seeking a promotion or transfer. Or maybe you like your current job but are looking for additional flexibility or training. If you get along with your supervisor, ask for a meeting. You just might be able to find what you’re looking for with your current employer.
Grow Your Network
No matter what skills you bring to the table, successful job hunting is ultimately built on relationships. Take this time to renew your connections, both within your industry and outside of it. Talk to your former mentors and coworkers. Ask people who recently changed jobs for advice. Strengthening your network can help you find the job of your dreams.
Keep It Quiet
Don’t let your current employer know that you’re looking. Use your personal email address and phone number. Don’t do your job hunting on company time or equipment. If you have PTO, it’s fine to take a personal day for interviews, but make sure you’re not neglecting your current responsibilities. If you’re working and interviewing remotely, it’s okay to take a bit of time during the day, as long as you’re not needed at the moment.
Consider a Recruiter
A staffing agency offers quite a few benefits, from assistance with your resume to interviewing tips. We can help you find potential roles that aren’t publicly advertised, and we won’t let your current employer know you’re looking. These services are completely free for job seekers, so why not give it a try?