Conducting a Job Search Under the Radar

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Privacy is at a premium these days and one of the times when you absolutely need privacy is when you are conducting a job search while currently employed. Keeping things confidential ensures that you can focus on evaluating offers without outside static interfering with your decision making. If your current employer learns that you are contemplating leaving, it could have a negative effect and could even jeopardize your job. Here are steps you can take to ensure your search remains confidential.

Posting Your Resume
What are the chances of your current employer discovering your resume listed online when they are recruiting? The answer is, you don't want to find out. To be safe, always post on job sites where you can keep your employer and contact information confidential. List the end date of your current position as present. If you distribute a hard copy of your resume to a contact, let them know to ask your permission before they pass it along.

E-Mailing
Always list your personal e-mail address when corresponding with recruiters, potential employers, and professionals in your industry. Be aware that if you check your personal e-mail on a computer at work, your employer can monitor it. Your best bet is to check from home or visit an offsite computer at a café or library to access your e-mail. All correspondence relating to your job search like cover letters and listings should be safely stored on your home computer.

Going on Interviews
Scheduling interviews early in the morning or during your lunch hour is preferable. Another tactic is to schedule multiple interviews on one day and to use a vacation day.

Job References
Many prospective employers will extend an offer that is contingent on a positive reference from your existing employer. If there is any question in your mind about whether you are going to accept the new offer, one alternate strategy is to suggest that the prospective employer talk to a former supervisor who is now employed elsewhere. Often, they will understand your need for continued confidentiality.

Be Discreet
Disclosing that you are looking for a job is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, people can help you. But if the wrong person gets wind of your search and gets too talkative it can jeopardize your current status. Be smart. Don't talk excessively to colleagues about how you can't wait to leave and how your search is going. Resist the urge to give prospective employers your work phone number or use your current company's office equipment (including phones and computers). Being discreet without drawing attention to yourself will pay off in the end.

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