JOB HUNTING TIPS FOR THE EMPLOYED
Looking for a job while employed and collecting a paycheck may seem like the best of both worlds, but it adds a few extra challenges that you’ll need to account for.
Recruiters and companies often prefer to work with still-employed candidates, since they are more likely to have up-to-date skills. However, applying for jobs while employed can spell logistical nightmare for you.
Here is how to get by:
Dig into companies of interest
Increasingly, job seekers list company culture as a major deciding factor in their decision to join a new team. Rather than waiting for a job to be posted on a popular platform, research and identify any companies that you may want to work for and, from there, regularly check their internal careers page. Companies often post open positions on their own websites before posting them publicly.
Update your LinkedIn profile.
A recruiter or a potential employer will check your LinkedIn profile when your resume shows up. Don’t wait until the last minute – update your profile now!
Here are a few things to consider before you jump into editing. First off, consider turning off notifications, so that your profile updates are not broadcast across your network. Second, don’t tag your profile with “looking for a new job” – your employer may be watching. Lastly, keep your listed skills updated and consistent with what you do at your current job. A dramatic change in your online profile, particularly if it does not reflect the position you currently hold, can serve as a tip-off.
Key into your network
Use your network to your advantage. Don’t be too proud to ask supportive friends and family members about job openings at their companies or to candidly share that you’re looking for another position. On social media sites, interact with posts about your target industry. Scroll through your friend’s list and connect with anyone who may be able to help you.
Join FaceBook groups that feature your particular professional interests and post in the group asking for employment leads. Also, group participants regularly share job listings. On Eventbrite, search for conferences, happy hours, and recruitment events in your industry. With any meetup or job fair, make sure to show up as your best self, spend time mingling with the crowd, and speak openly about your employment needs.
Don’t act prematurely.
Hope is not a strategy! Take deep breaths, and stay away from doing or saying anything rash just because you had a promising interview. You don’t have a new job until you have received and accepted a job offer and have the signed paperwork. Anything you do or say until then must be carefully considered.
In other words, searching for a job while employed requires you to tread lightly, be patient, and stay discreet.
That being said, sometimes a job search reveals that grass only looks greener on the other side. If you discover how much you enjoy your current job, there is nothing wrong with calling off the search and staying where you are.