The job search process is stressful and can even feel like a full-time job. Finding a balance between your job search and the responsibilities of your current job can be even more difficult.
However, if you use discretion, confidence, and common sense in your search, finding a new job while you work can be much less stressful than searching when you’re unemployed.
Here are some tips on how to find a job without losing your job and how to properly prepare for potential opportunities.
1. Be clear about what you want from the new job
The first step is to determine what you want to find in your next job. You can start by listing the most important aspects such as:
- area of activity;
- corporate culture;
- position and its duties;
- the meaning of your work.
Try organizing your priorities in a list or notebook to better understand your needs.
Once you’ve determined what you want, you can then focus on the opportunities that you think fit what you’re looking for, professionally and as a person.
2. Be careful when looking for a job
You may be tempted to hint to colleagues about your dissatisfaction with the current situation or your excitement about a promising lead. Not. If there are rumors that you are looking for a new job, this can create a tense situation or cause you problems.
This means that you should also not post job search information on your social networks or on LinkedIn. By remaining careful, you will be able to find your next job without haste.
3. Update Your Resume and LinkedIn
Take a moment to update your resume and LinkedIn page if you haven’t already. Present yourself in the best light and make sure your professional profile is impeccable to impress new employers.
Be careful when you update your LinkedIn, be careful not to alert your colleagues and boss.
When updating your LinkedIn profile, keep the following in mind:
- turn off public notifications about updates to your LinkedIn profile;
- omit any mention of looking for a new job;
- fill in only those skills that match your current position.
4. Use your personal devices to find work
Do not use corporate devices to search for work.
First, it’s unprofessional to do it during business hours. More importantly, it can raise questions if someone sees an autofill suggestion related to your job search, or if an IT employee notices unusual activity on company computers.
Only use your personal devices to browse job sites and wait until you get home to look for a job. This way you maintain a professional image and do not divert attention from your business.
5. Prefer networking, don’t settle for job sites
Networking sites for tech workers help you connect, advance your career, and seize opportunities.
Networking offers many benefits when looking for a job, including:
- allow you to use your current relationship;
- minimize the time you spend looking for false leads;
- reduce unnecessary/problematic visibility of the online recruitment application.
Browsing the bulletin board can be tricky because it takes time and your boss might be watching you. Networking allows you to use your connections to find a new job.
6. Don’t Use Your Current Colleagues as a Guarantee
If possible, don’t list your current colleagues as references on your resume.
If you refer to someone as a guarantor and your potential employer calls them, it can burn you out. Your colleague may let your company know that you want to leave before the opportunity even materializes.
Remember that you can always provide recommendations later. You can wait until a potential employer asks you to provide such information before providing it to them.
The situation is different if you are on a fixed-term contract or know that your contract is ending soon. But even then, only quote colleagues you trust and ask them before you quote.
7. Arrange interviews after hours
While looking for a job, you will have to attend job interviews. If you have to leave your place of work several times to get there, you risk arousing suspicion. If possible, schedule interviews outside office hours.
Sometimes your contact person is only available during business hours. In this case, you can find an excuse and use, for example, sick leave or PTT. Be careful, if you do this too often, it may arouse suspicion.
This also applies to telephone interviews. Having to take a “break” in the middle of the day for a phone interview is a stressful situation that should be avoided whenever possible.
Set limits for yourself by telling potential employers what time is right for you and what is not.
8. Keep doing your best at your current job.
Avoid slowing down too much on your current job. You wouldn’t want to be fired before you find a new job. Don’t destroy professional relationships that could help you later.
Don’t upset your current employer and don’t act immature. Keep doing your best despite the difficulties you face. Think of it as practice for your next job.
9. Be patient and take care of yourself while looking for a job.
Remember to keep your cool while looking for a job. There will be false leads that lead nowhere, and the process may take longer than you think.
Remember that you are better off than if you were unemployed. Even if the situation is not ideal, at least you are not facing the additional financial pressure of unemployment.
Take your time and don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that if you persevere, you will eventually find a job.
10. After you have accepted the job offer, submit your resignation letter.
Now that you’re ready to start your new job, the next step is to send a letter of resignation to your current employer.
Submit your resignation letter at least one month before your planned departure date, or more, depending on the length of your notice. It should be short and polite. Tell your current employer about your plans, wish them luck, and offer to help with the upcoming transition.
A good resignation letter is not only a legal obligation and a courtesy, it will also allow you to leave your current employer without burning bridges.
11. Start your new job with confidence
Now, when you are about to start a new job, develop the right attitude. Just because your last work experience wasn’t great doesn’t mean this one can’t be different!
Remember that you have all the tools at your disposal to bring something new to life. Use the lessons you learned in your last job and boldly approach your new one.
A positive and proactive attitude can help you overcome your fear of a new job and get you started quickly.