As the old saying goes: “It is easier to find a job when you are in one.” However, the skill of job hunting and attending interviews whilst you are in fulltime employment can be far from easy. If done incorrectly, you could risk losing your current job and having nothing else to fall back on.
There is a certain ‘skill’ to job hunting while in a job, and without learning the do’s and don’ts, you could quickly find yourself stuck.
Here is how to cover your tracks …
#1 Go "undercover" NOT "out of sight"
You need to adopt the persona of an undercover agent, following one lead whilst simultaneously investigating another, all the while focusing on your current job! You need to be undercover, not out of sight; if you take too much time off work for interviews, or you find yourself slacking off work because you are too busy job searching, it is your manager who will notice first.
- Don’t use your work email address to send out your CV or apply for jobs.
- Don’t use your work computer to job hunt. (Your movements are probably tracked with spy sofeware anyway!)
- Don’t change your usual work attire on job interview days as it will raise suspicion (you will have to change into a suit elsewhere!)
#2 Make social media your friend
When using social media to find a job, the first thing you need to do is to un-friend, un-follow and delete EVERYONE you currently work with from your profiles. The last thing you want is for your co-workers to figure out that you are on the prowl for a new job, then use it against you!
When taking your search online:
Rule no.1 - always protect yourself! You cannot afford for anyone to find out that you are job hunting who could jeopardize your current job and your chances of securing a new one.
Rule no.2 – beware of the competition. Everything you do will appear in your followers/friends’ activity feeds, and whilst you may not have your co-worker or boss on your profiles, you could still have competition! The less information you put out there, especially when it comes to jobs you have just applied for, the better.
#3 Lose your name
Posting your resume to reputable online job sites is an essential part of the job seeking process; without doing this, you cannot be found by headhunters and recruiters searching for candidates with you skill set.
Lesson no.1 in posting your resume online – lose your name. Luckily there are plenty of reputable websites out there that allow you to post your resume on their recruitment site without having to specify your full name or current place of work – ultimately giving you total anonymity.
Don’t get ahead of yourself - dress for the job you have!
A common mistake made by the uneducated, undercover job seeker, is to start dressing in suits or smarter attire than they would normally wear to work. This is a dead give away folks – everyone around you will immediately assume you are off to a job interview on your lunch hour! Don’t blow your cover by dressing up; instead, take your suit clothes in your car and change on route to the interview.
Be strategic, clever and one step ahead of the game
The first thing you should find out, is when your boss will be away on holiday – if it is in the next few weeks, try to set up all your interviews for then! This will lessen the risk of you raising their suspicions. You should also book your interviews for early in the day, lunchtime or after work as this will make it easier for you to slip out the office unnoticed.
With these tips and tricks, you can successfully transform yourself from a novice undercover job seeker, to a pro!