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In the economy where finding a job that you want is tricky, nobody wants to do anything that put their existing job at the risk – including searching a new job.
It is in our nature to strive persistently to find something better to make life easier. Employees who are unhappy with their current jobs always looking for better job prospects. But, they fail to take necessary action and put their career advancement on hold due to needless fear. They afraid of losing their existing job or get terminated.
It is a common notion among many employees that if they start searching a new job and someone from management discovers about their endeavor, they may lose their existing job or get sacked. However, these are the false assumptions that stops you from achieving your goal. In this regards, you need to think wisely and rationally. There is nothing wrong in finding a better job opportunity while you are currently working somewhere. After all, you are not doing anything unethical. Even if you get a new job, you can leave the current one in a proper way. You can put your resignation, complete your notice period and then leave the job.
If you still have doubt and fear, then here are some smart guidelines that help you make your escape hassle-free.
Confidentiality is very important, if you do not want to put your existing position on the risk. Recruitment is an expensive and time consuming process. If your superiors or supervisors come to know about your intentions, then they may start finding your replacement before you secure a new job position and you may end-up a jobless individual. Therefore, do not discuss your intention with anyone in your company.
It is completely wrong to use company’s time for your personal activities. Make sure you will not use company’s email, phone, voice mail or any other resources to find a new job. It is not only unethical but also harmful for your career. Every organization has an authority to monitor their employees’ communication. Hence it is always safe and better to use your own equipment to communicate with your prospective hiring manager.
Finding your dream job needs dedication. You need to dedicate time before and after your working hours for a job search. It is bit difficult to do so, especially if you are working for whole day or more than 8 hours. However, it is necessary to get the job that you are looking for.
Do not schedule your interview during your working hours. Select an interview timing that will not harm your regular work hours. Request your hiring manager to schedule your interview on vacation or better take a planned leave and schedule your interview on that day.
Prepare for some crucial interview questions. For example, why do you want to change the job? As you are already doing a job, you can be asked such a tricky question. Preparation will help you to deal with interviewer confidently. Also, you need be very careful about your resume during a job search. Make sure not to add your existing company’s phone number, email address or any other contact details in your resume. Do not send generic resume to your prospective employer. Craft your resume or edit it specifically to the job you are applying for.
Searing a new job while already having one with you can be a tricky situation. However, if you do it systematically and smartly by following the above guidelines, you can achieve your objective as well as keep your reputation as it is with your current organization.
Never speak anything negative about your current as well as previous employer during your job search endeavor. They can be a part of your network and helpful for you in the future.