Looking For A New Job? How To Keep It A Secret!Posted: 22nd of June 2015 by
If you are looking for a new job, you should try to keep it a secret. Your boss and colleagues don’t need to know, and even if you trust them you could find gossip spreads that you are looking at the door and you might lose your employer’s respect and compromise your current standing at work. Your job search may take some time, so why rock the boat while you are looking and potentially place your own future at risk. You might even find that there are no suitable jobs out there right now and decide to stay put. It is better to keep your job search a secret until you are sure you are on your way to a new employer. This may seem like obvious advice, but a surprising number of people look for new jobs while actually at their current work, and many are happy to tell everyone about it! Keeping your intentions quiet isn’t as difficult as it seems, so long as you follow a few tips.
The first thing is not to give the game away by doing your job-searching while at your current job. Using your office computer to look for another job during your lunch-break may be convenient and easy, but it greatly increases the chances of someone finding out. All it takes is a casual look over your shoulder and you are busted. Instead, try to do your job-searching activities from home, an internet café, or on your mobile device. Equally, if you have to take a phone call from a potential employer or recruitment agency, always go outside to do so. It may seem odd, but it is better than taking the call in front of your current colleagues! Equally, don’t leave any applications or copies of your C.V. lying around – such as on the office printer. Also, don’t use your work email as your contact for job offers. It should be obvious, but use a personal email account for this.
When it comes to keeping your mouth shut, it is not just about what you say, but also your social media accounts. Posts stating how much you can’t wait to find a new job are obviously to be avoided, and don’t overestimate how much you can trust others to keep quiet on your behalf, or how secret your social media profile is! Stay silent – it’s better to be safe than sorry!
As for applying for work, you can request discretion from any potential employers. Make note of your notice period and ask that your new employer only asks for a reference once you have handed in your notice.
If you get called for interview, don’t call in sick or try to work the interview around your existing day. Suddenly turning up in your best suit may ring alarm bells at work, so instead just book a day off for your interview. You will be more relaxed and able to prepare better for the interview if you are not also trying to hide it from your boss.
Finally, make sure you keep on the good side of your current employer. Don’t start telling your boss that you can’t stand them and hated every moment of your current job. Even if it’s true, things can go wrong and you may find that your new job falls through. Instead, just enjoy th secret satisfaction that you will be leaving soon…
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