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Is it time to search for a new job? Well, it´s a lot safer to start looking for a new job while you are still employed and we have some top tips to avoid any awkward situations in your current job.
It’s a wise idea to keep your job search hushed until you are 100% certain that you want to leave, after all, it's much better if the news comes from you - not a fellow coworker!
As you can imagine, searching for a new job while you are still employed is a busy process and it´s important to organise your time well to stay proactive at work and in your job search. Create a job-searching schedule, scheduling time for job searching before or after work and a small amount of time during your lunch break to respond to emails.
Make sure that you avoid job searching during work hours, on work computers or phones, this is risky business! Some organisations have the right to check your browsing history and most importantly, you should be doing work, not job searching!
We always recommend networking during your job search, in-person and online. You may meet potential employers and discover potential opportunities through word of mouth and by forming new connections. It´s always a good idea to look on job boards and to contact recruiters and companies directly, but avoid posting your cv publically, keep your job search private!
Be sure to tell people to keep your job search on the down-low to avoid any office rumours and gossiping!
Although you feel ready to move on from your current position and you may have lost interest in your work, it’s important to stay focused and to continue to do your job! For the sake of your career, it´s important to keep trying and performing your best.
Yes, you are looking for a new job but you haven´t necessarily found one yet - so your current job should be treated with the same importance as before. It’s important to do your best in every role to improve your employability and to form positive work references for the future.
Interviews, assessment days and other employment-related events usually happen during weekdays and this can clash with your work schedule. Instead of making up lies and causing any potential problems, schedule your interviews before or after work or even during your lunchtime. If your work hours aren´t that flexible, use your annual leave for these kinds of appointments.
It might be tempting to tell a ´white lie´ at work and pretend that you have a doctors appointment or something similar, but please avoid lying, it can cause a lot of unnecessary problems and can create a pretty bad impression of yourself!
Rules are rules and your new employers should respect your current employer and the notice you are expected to give. Out of respect, stick to the notice period that you is mentioned within your contract, or even longer if you can! Make the process easier for them if you can, it makes leaving a lot less difficult.
As we have already expressed, it’s important to leave your current employment on a good note for reference and reputation purposes. Leaving a job suddenly could cause you difficulty finding employment later in life, think of the bigger picture!
There are many benefits of job searching while you are still employed. By searching for a job while you are still employed, you are saving yourself from any financial difficulties, any long & unexplained gaps of employment and most importantly, you to stay active in your industry! Want to discover more tips and tricks? Join our 30 days to get a job: The Challenge.