How to Find a New Job When You Already Have a Job

You have a job already but you’re interested in landing another employment opportunity. The list of reasons to do so is immense: workplace favoritism, lack of growth and low pay. But how can you gain a new position with a different company if you’re already working eight to 10 hours a day? 

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In today’s labor market, this practice is frowned upon. The line of thinking works like this: "You already have a job so you should give someone else the chance to find an occupation." However, due to the questionable job market, this is actually the safest and most prudent way to grab another job. If you can’t find a job right away at least you’re still getting a paycheck. 

Of course, it might seem impossible to find a new job when you already have one, mostly because of the time factor. Since a lot of employers want a telephone interview, two in-person interviews and even a work interview, an employed jobseeker would have to be an excellent time manager and filled with several cups of coffee. 

Looking for a job when you’re already employed? Here are five tips to find a new job when you have one:

1. Do Not Make it Public

Do not make your intentions public, either with your colleagues or on social media. If you’re attempting to make your job hunt a clandestine affair then you cannot share this information with any of your co-workers. Moreover, be sure not to reveal too much on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Always be careful with what you put on any of your social media accounts. Remember, your boss or colleagues could always discover your job hunt.

2. Schedule Interviews With Care

As previously noted, it takes excellent time management skills to schedule an interview with another potential employer while being employed. There are a few routes to take when booking an appointment to meet a hiring manager: 

  • Take a vacation or personal day to attend the job interview. 
  • Schedule a job interview during lunch, prior to or after work. 
  • Attempt to encourage the hiring manager to have a video interview. 

Never take a sick day or call in with a bogus excuse to attend a job interview.

3. Refrain From Making Wardrobe Too Obvious

You work at a dental office where you wear very casual clothing because you have to sport scrubs. Or, you’ve worked at a software company for five years wearing jeans and a shirt. All of a sudden, you arrive to work wearing professional attire - suit or skirtsuit. The usual conclusion people will make is that you’re either going to a job interview or attending a funeral.

4. Conduct Job Searches Away From the Office

This one may seem like common sense, but there are plenty of employees who make the mistake of conducting job searches while they’re working. First, it’s unethical to use company time to look for a second job. Second, the company can easily search through your browser history. Third, anyone can just walk by at any moment and discover you searching through Monster or Workopolis. Either look for work at home or by yourself on a mobile device.

5. Remain Dedicated to Your Current Job

No matter what, you should always remain dedicated to your current job and fulfill all of your daily responsibilities with the utmost professionalism and punctilious behavior. This is what separates the professionals from generic workers. Even if you do leave the office, your employer would have nothing bad to say about you because you always performed your tasks.

It’s understandable why you would leave your current job. You’re not earning enough, you’re not growing within the company or you’re not being treated kindly by your superiors or colleagues. This is why you’re resigning. When you look for a second job, you should always consider your current employer, which is why you wouldn’t leave without providing your two-week notice, right?