The Age-Old Dilemma of Job-Hunting While Working Full-Time - The Career Doctor Blog

Dean writes:

Do you have some tips for someone who is ready to make a job change but is limited as to what he can do while working full-time? Being in close quarters with other employees makes it impossible to speak to anyone let alone follow up on resumes sent out.

The Career Doctor responds:

It certainly is a catch-22 isn’t it? Most experts say job-seekers have better chances of finding a new job if they are currently employed, but how is one supposed to find the privacy and time to do all the things necessary to finding a new job while working full-time?

First, let’s make sure we all know the cardinal rule of job-hunting while working. Do NOT use your workplace to job-hunt. Do not use their phone system or email; do not disappear to go on a job interview. Your current employer is paying you to work, so that’s what you should be doing.

The key, if you can afford it, is having a cell phone — even if you just invest in one temporarily while job-searching. You can use the phone to make follow-up phone calls privately while on breaks from work — and prospective employers can leave you messages while you are working.

And once you become a candidate for a new position, you should make it clear to the hiring manager that you are only available at certain times because of your current position. Most employers, if they are truly interested in you, will work around your schedule and conduct job interviews during lunch or before or after normal work hours. If it is a job you really want, I would consider taking a personal day so that you are refreshed and clear-headed for the interview.

Finally, remember that no matter what you do, especially in small offices, word may get out that you are job-hunting. Is it the end of the world? Not necessarily. If rumors are spreading around the office, it’s best to have something prepared to tell your boss if/when s/he approaches you.

For some other tips and advice, read this article published on Quintessential Careers: 15 Myths and Misconceptions About Job-Hunting.

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