How to Covertly Find a Job When You're already Employed
Your guide to job searching on the quiet and getting it done in half the time
It’s time consuming to scroll through job boards, prepare resumes, coordinate interviews and follow up phone calls and even more so when you’re employed full time. It’s also hard to keep your job search hidden from the people you work with. To help make your job search easier, we have provided 6 simple tips that will keep your job search secret and cut the time spent on this important task by half.
- Hide your profile updates on LinkedIn
Making changes to your LinkedIn profile can be a signal to your employer that you’re looking for a new job. Any profile updates you make will be broadcast to your network unless you turn off this notification in your settings. To keep any updates secret, go to ‘settings and privacy’, select the ‘privacy’ tab, then turn the ‘sharing profile edits’ button to ‘no’.
- Be picky
Put some thought into the type of role you want and the type of employer you’d like to work for and use this as a base to start your job search. Being selective about the types of jobs you apply for will not only cut down the time spent job hunting but will also increase your odds of winning those jobs that you apply for. When your skills and experience closely match the requirements of the job you’re applying for, you’ll have a higher likelihood of success. For example, there’s a low chance of success when applying for a senior property management role if you’re a sales administrator with no property management experience (unless you’re willing to undertake some training first).
- Use a recruiter
Many job seekers who choose the ‘do-it-yourself’ approach will spend hours trawling through job sites, applying for jobs online and cold calling employers to follow up. Smart job seekers know that using an industry specialist recruiter can greatly speed up the process of finding that ideal role. A specialist recruiter keeps their finger on the pulse of their industry and maintains close relationships with employers and industry peers, all whilst keeping your information confidential. They instantly know when vacancies become available and can recommend you for appropriate roles straight away (if you are right for the job of course). Spend a little time upfront preparing your resume and meeting with a recruiter to discuss your career goals and it will be well worth it.
- Keep it professional
Never use your work computer or work phone to make calls to recruiters or potential employers and certainly don’t look for a new job on work time. Using work resources to aid your personal job search shows a lack of respect for your current employer and can also send the wrong message to future employers. It also makes it much more likely that you’ll get caught.
- Schedule interviews outside work hours
Scheduling job interviews while you’re working full-time can be tricky. Try to schedule them before or after work or at lunch times to avoid having to make awkward excuses about your absence.
- Use appropriate referees
We often get asked by candidates which referees to use when they’re already employed. If you wish to keep your job searching secret, our advice is to use existing employers as referees, not your current boss or colleagues. However, if you have been in your current job for many years, existing referees may seem out of date. In this instance, it is appropriate to use clients as referees. Choose clients that you know well and have established a good relationship with. You will, of course, need to ask their permission first, explain the situation and ask them to keep your job search confidential.
Job hunting can be a stressful time, bringing up questions about your career path, financial security and the state of the job market in your industry. Being smart about how you spend your time and how you conduct yourself throughout your job search will improve your experience. If you’re looking for a job in 2020, we hope you’ll use this guide as handy reference.