Conducting a job search is challenging under any circumstances. However, if you’re already employed, simply finding the time to seek out new opportunities is daunting, let alone participating in the other parts of the hiring process.
As a result, finding ways to streamline your job search is essential.
If you’re looking for a new position, are currently employed, and want to make the process easier, here are some helpful tips.
Don’t Use Company-Provided Resources
In many cases, using company-provided equipment – such as computers – or resources for a job search can lead to trouble. Most employers have strict policies regarding the use of company devices, internet, email addresses, and phones. Since your job search is a personal activity, you could violate the rules by using company-provided equipment and resources.
Additionally, many employers monitor employee activity on these devices and systems. As a result, your company may learn about your intention to find a new opportunity, which could harm your reputation, make you a target during layoffs, or lead to termination.
Instead, limit all of your activity to personal devices, email addresses, and phone numbers. Along with ensuring your privacy, it prevents you from violating any rules.
Watch Your Social Media Activity
While tapping your network is commonly recommended when you’re seeking out opportunities, be wary about announcing your plan to find a new job on social media. If you openly post your desire for a different position, word may travel to your manager. Even if you speak with contacts directly, if they’re connected to your boss, they may share the information. As a result, you need to avoid posting about your job search and only contact members of your network that you can explicitly trust to keep the information to themselves.
Overhauling your LinkedIn profile could also clue your manager into your intentions. If you need to make updates, make sure you turn off the associated notifications. That prevents LinkedIn from altering others to your activity, making the process more discreet.
Time Your Interviews Appropriately
Scheduling interviews during work hours automatically makes it harder to maintain privacy. Even if you state that an absence is for another purpose, arriving at work with interview-ready attire could clue in your manager. Additionally, repeated requests for time off may raise suspicions or could lead to denials.
When you speak with a hiring manager about an interview, request one during non-work hours. This can include lunch breaks if meeting over the phone or through video conferencing software is an option, and there’s a quiet place to take the call discreetly. You can also request appointments in the evening after work or, potentially, for weekends or your other days off.
Partner with a Staffing Firm Today
When you partner with a staffing firm as part of your job search, you’ll get critical support that makes the process simpler. Your recruiter will spend time getting to know you to ensure they understand your needs. Then, they’ll find right-fit opportunities for you, presenting only those that align with your criteria.
Additionally, you’ll receive assistance with resume targeting and interviewing. As a result, you’ll have an easier time impressing hiring managers, allowing you to secure a position in less time.
The entire process is also private. Your recruiter won’t contact your employer – even for a reference – without your express permission, allowing you to move forward without alerting your current company.
If you’d like to experience the difference a recruiter can make firsthand, The Advance Group wants to hear from you. Contact us today.