Your career is important to you, so when it comes to the next step you often need to seek it out while still holding down your current position. Sometimes you can find the next step in the company you already work for, but in many cases, this isn’t an option. I wanted to share with you some tips on how to look for a new job without disturbing your current one.
It can be tempting to speak to colleagues about your plans for your career, but you need to be mindful that doing so, it could cause repercussions in your current role. Nobody wants to be without a job. Before spilling the beans on your new job, wait until you have formally resigned to your line manager and actioned your notice period. Then feel free to shout it from the rooftops.
Keep information up to date
Seeking a job in today’s current climate is not always easy, but the internet has made it possible to seek out job roles while still working. LinkedIn and job websites are excellent resources. Make sure you have all of the up to date information on there and include your CV. Many employers seek out potential candidates this way. It will be doing all of the hard work for you.
Stay professional and work hard
Whilst you are looking for other jobs ensure you remain professional in your current job role. This helps to sustain existing relationships in your current role with colleagues and managers. It is always worthwhile to maintain strong working relationships, you never know when you might need them in the future.
When to job hunt
Ideally, seeking out your next career move should be on your own time and not done in your current workplace. However, I appreciate that we all get emails we are eager to reply to during working hours. Set some time aside and use your lunch break or put a reminder on your phone to reply as soon as you finish for the day. Don’t use work time!
Taking time for interviews
When it comes to interviews, this is where it can be tricky. But with clever planning, you can ensure it won’t affect your current job. If there is time, and it is appropriate, you could arrange an interview before or after work, and even on your lunch break if time allows. However, booking a morning/afternoon or even the day off will take the pressure off and enable you to focus on the interview. Also, be mindful of dress codes at your current workplace. You don’t want to give the game away by turning up in a suit on a “wear your own clothes day”, believe me, this could happen!
Keep a positive attitude
A positive attitude is so important when it comes to job hunting. Be aware that you won’t always find the perfect job straight away. A positive attitude will help you in your current job and during your search for the next step. Ensure you keep the same attitude in your current work role, after all, we never know what is around the corner.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to look for a new job without disturbing your current one. Professionalism is always key!