Looking for a new job while employed can be a great asset for job seekers. However, it can also backfire if your current employer finds out. There can be a variety of reasons that you might be looking to switch jobs, perhaps your current job is too far away and the commuting costs are becoming unsustainable. Maybe your salary is on the low side for your job description and duties. Whatever the reason for wanting to make this change, here are 6 tips to help you succeed in your job search.

Keep quiet about your job search

If you are looking at job openings for a new position, don’t tell your co-workers. While some employers may not care about an employee actively seeking a new job, this fact becoming public knowledge can have an impact on future raises and bonuses available to you are your current employer. It is also important to remember to refrain from using social media to inform the world of your future job seeking intentions. Many of your co-workers might also be your Twitter followers or Facebook friends, which means they will quickly learn of your future career plans.

Don’t Quit Your Job

For one, it is easier to get a new job if you are already working. In addition, avoid becoming lazy in your current job because you are trying to get a new one. Remember that you still owe your employer a good day’s work for your pay.

Think Before You List Character References

Your initial instinct might be to list your current boss and co-workers as references. In the event the hiring manager at another job calls your current employer for references, everyone will know that you are job hunting. This is an all-too-common mistake by many job seekers.

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Schedule Job Interviews Outside of Office Hours

Hours when you are supposed to be at work, are not the appropriate times to schedule job interviews. Missing these work hours can make your current boss suspicious and does not look good to other employees. Additionally, it will be an obvious red flag for your current employer/co-workers if your office dress code is business casual and you show up for work in a three-piece suite.

Do Not Badmouth Your Boss

Your current boss may not be your favorite person, but when you badmouth your current employer, it might give recruiters the impression that you are a complainer or difficult to get along with. Instead, when meeting with hiring managers, focus on your qualifications as well as the opportunity that job offers for advancement.

Do Not Use Office Equipment

Avoid using office phones and computers to conduct a job search or to send in a resume. Many companies monitor the use of their machines and technology to ensure employees are not spending company time on personal affairs. Secondly, you should continue to focus on your current job when you are work, even if you plan on leaving.
By following these helpful tips, you will be better prepared to job hunt while still being employed. You will also be able to avoid the pitfalls that can occur for employees searching for a new job while still being employed. For more excellent career tips, visit the Resources page at Greater St. Cloud JobSpot