Most professionals and employment experts would agree that the best time to look for a job is while you’re already employed. That’s not to say that job searching when you already have a job doesn’t have its pros and cons. It is much less stressful when you have your current job to fall back on, not to mention a steady paycheck. On the other hand, if your current employer finds out you’re looking to leave you run the risk of losing the job you currently have.

So what’s the best way to go about finding a job while you’re currently employed? Follow these tips:

Do it on your own time 

It’s tempting to work on your job search while you’re on the clock. You may think, “I’ve got some time to adjust my resume, maybe even submit some resumes.” But job searching at work comes with more risk than reward. 

You need to assume that your current employer is reviewing your internet history, so any visits to job boards or career pages on websites will raise a red flag. Also, you never know when your boss might stop by your desk and see you revising your resume or applying for jobs. Considering these potential scenarios, it’s best to keep your job search out of the office.

Keep it to yourself 

Although you may be eager to share your plans to find a new job, be careful who you tell. 

Of course, letting your family and friends know that you’re looking for a new job is ok, it’s best to keep your job search from coworkers and acquaintances. As they say, loose lips sink ships — and even the most well-intentioned coworker could accidentally let your secret out. If your boss were to find out you’re searching for something new, they may decide to cut you loose. So it’s best to just keep your desire for a new job to yourself.

Keep it confidential 

While conducting your job search, let potential employers know that you’d like to keep it confidential. Most employers will see that you’re currently employed and will assume they shouldn’t contact your current employer for a reference. But just in case, you should explicitly ask them to not contact your current employer. A cover letter or initial phone interview are good times to tell them your search is confidential.

You should also be cautious about who you give your resume to. A potential employer could also have a relationship with your current employer, so do your best to determine if there could be a conflict before you start handing out your resume.

Stay Positive 

There’s a reason you’re looking for a new job: maybe you’re looking for more money, better benefits, somewhere to grow your career or maybe you’re just plain fed up. Bottom line, you’re unhappy where you’re at. Don’t let anger or frustration with your current employer drive your behavior. After all, you still need the job until you find a new one. It’s important that you keep a positive attitude at work and don’t bad mouth your current employer to potential employers or coworkers.   

Work with a Recruiter 

Recruiters, like those at Burchard & Associates, are a great resource for job seekers who want to keep their job search quiet. After learning what you’re looking for in your next opportunity, recruiters will get to work finding an opportunity that aligns with your career goals. Instead of submitting dozens of applications to multiple employers, you can focus on your current job while your recruiter matches you with area employers. It’s a perfect way for you to keep your search quiet and confidential.

If you’re ready to work with a recruiter, contact Burchard & Associates. We work with finance and accounting professionals to help them find the next step in their careers. Check out our available opportunities, or contact us today to learn more.