Looking for a new job while you’re still employed can be overwhelming. You want to do everything you can to secure your dream job, all while continuing to fulfill your duties in your current role.
If you’re wondering how it’s possible to do both, you came to the right place. Read on to find the best tips, tricks and practices for efficient job hunting while you’re still employed.
How To Find a Job While You’re Still Employed
- Evaluate Your Decision
Before you begin your job search, consider why you want to look for other work. Ask yourself a few important questions:
- Will you be happier in a new role?
- Is it what you need to do to advance your career?
- Will it benefit you professionally?
If you answered, “yes” to all three questions, you most likely need to continue your job hunting. If not, find out why you’re dissatisfied in your current role, and consider taking some time off to care for your physical and mental health. When you return, you may find it easier to make an informed decision.
- Be honest
Once you’ve decided to look for a new job, be honest with your employer about your decision. Let them know why you think another role would be a better fit for you, and tell them what made you want to leave. This is a sensitive topic for both of you, so make sure you’re as respecful and professional as possible. You never know—your boss might offer you exactly what you need to convince you to stay.
- Get the Timing Right
Things like the economy, the labor pool and the time of year you decide to apply for a new position can all effect your job search. Consider all of this before you begin the application process for a new role.
Experts believe late summer is the perfect time to look for a new job. As this is the least popular time for recent graduations to enter the job market, there may be less competition. This will give recruiters more opportunity to notice your application, and there may be fewer candidates to choose from in the interview process.
- Maintain A Positive Attitude
Even if the conditions in your current role aren’t ideal, try your best to maintain a positive attitude. Look at the bright side of things when you leave, and think about the opportunities you may encounter when you switch jobs.
The best way to do this is to see your current role as a learning opportunity. Though you may not want to stay long-term, you have no doubt gained experience and skills that you can use to find the perfect job for you.
- Be Professional
No matter what reason you have to dislike your current role, do your best to be as respectful as possible while you look for other work. Keep in mind that even if you don’t list your employer as a reference, recruiters and HR professionals may still contact them, especially if you’re looking for a job in a similar field. Even though it may be difficult, try your best to keep your emotions separate from your work-life.
- Consider Using Social Media
Though many view social media as a way to keep up with friends and family, it can also be used as an effective job-hunting tool. Many companies utilize social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to search for new candidates and advertize available roles.
Keep in mind that if you can see them, they can see you. Make sure everything on your feed is representative of the job description you are pursuing. For medical representatives, maintaining a good and professional look can help you gain more clients and help you with sales even after you’re hired.
- Update LinkedIn
One of the most popular social media platforms for job hunting is LinkedIn. As one of the largest free job boards available, it is an excellent resource to consider if you’re looking for your next step.
HR representatives also use LinkedIn to find qualified candidates. Make sure to update your profile to include all relevant experience, education and titles. It’s not uncommon for companies to reach out to you about a job listing, especially if you have relevant skills and experience.
- Use Your Personal Time
In line with being professional, search for new work on your own time. Be respectful of the job your current employer is paying you to do, and prioritize those tasks first. If you have the time, set aside an hour or two after work to search for jobs, send resumes, or create cover letters.
Sometimes, you may have to take a call from a potential employer during working hours. If so, step outside the office before answering the call. Check your schedule when making decisions or setting up interviews, and let employers know that you want to respect your current boss and colleagues. They will likely value this quality in a prospective employee and work with your schedule.
- Use Your Own Device
Never use your company-provided computer to job hunt. The company provided you with the computer to complete tasks related to the role, and you wouldn’t want to jeopardize losing your role before you’re ready to take the next step.
Even if you use your own device, avoid using your company email address on applications to other companies. Use your personal email instead.
- Be Careful With References
It’s understandable to want to add a reference from your current position, especially if you think this person would speak highly of you. If this is the case, make sure you do not add the names and contact details of your current colleagues unless you have made them aware that you’re looking elsewhere. The last thing you want to do is leave your employer with a bad impression of you, so make sure you take the correct steps to maintain positive professional relationships and contacts.