Protecting Your Job Search When Currently Employed

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The nature of most job searches is that they require the searcher moving from one position to another. However, that can lead to a common problem in many search attempts, as the worker may already have a job, and it's not exactly popular among hiring managers for their employees to be actively seeking work elsewhere. However, there are some methods that can be more effective than others in overcoming this obstacle, and many of their points of emphasis can ensure your search remains high-quality over time.

The Seattle Times reported that one of the best things you can do to prepare for the search is to work to always keep your Internet profiles current. An all-too-common mistake made by many people is that they don't update their information while they're happy in a certain role, and then rush their LinkedIn profiles with a flood of information when they look to move on. By keeping your profiles current, you'll be a better candidate in the long-term as the effort shown by the consistent care will boost the quality of your overall profile.

Using your social media presence to reach out to friends may seem like a good idea, but it too can backfire. All too often, people forget that their information can be easily accessed on the Internet by anyone, and a manager who sees such a private post won't be happy about it. Stay off social media, and if you need to talk to friends, do it either in person or via a private message. This move doesn't just cover your tracks but will make the people you decide to contact more willing to help you, as it will be clear to them that you respect them and want their advice.

Interviews need careful scheduling

The Huffington Post added that online profiles are only one part of the equation. Just as important is the prospect of getting in and out of job interviews quickly, quietly and easily without tipping off your employer. Luckily, there are just as many strategies that can be used in this element of the search as can be found in other corners of the industry.

The news source said that one of the easiest strategies is to simply plan vacation time or, if necessary, sick days, around the necessary dates. As many as 40 percent of Americans don't plan to use their vacation time, but it's given to most workers as a benefit of their jobs. It's your right to use it how you see fit. When possible, schedule your time as far ahead as possible to give your boss as much notice as possible. You don't need to tell them what you plan on doing by law, but it's a good idea to come up with a halfway-decent alibi.

Should you not have the vacation time to take care of the interview, the news source said you can often schedule your interviews around work. Most offices in the modern age are willing to be flexible, and if you let your boss know in advance that you'll need to be out of the office and can make up any missed work later, there's a good chance you'll be in the clear. It's not ideal, but it will get you out of an awkward situation.

Above all else, keep things as close to the chest as possible. No personal emails on work accounts, no phone calls on company lines. Protecting your secrets is the best way to avoid leaking them.