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Job Hunting While Employed Requires a Different Approach

The Employment Clinic

Did you know that there are almost as many employed people looking for jobs, as those who are unemployed? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of December of 2005 there were over 7 million unemployed workers out of a labor force of 142 million that were actively involved in seeking new employment. Another 6.1 million employed professionals (about 4.5% of the work force) are also involved in seeking new employment. It is a highly competitive marketplace. If you are working and looking for a new opportunity you will need to have every possible advantage.

Job seekers often ask if they should quit their job in order to devote full time to the search for new employment. The answer is a resounding no. The employed professional is almost always more attractive to a potential new employer than those who are not working. Search firms and recruiters usually never target the unemployed. Stay at your current job until you have accepted a new opportunity. Then give your employer at least two weeks notice.

Why, when so many are out of work, would those who have jobs want to make a change? You could be under compensated, your skills may be under utilized, you may have been passed over for promotion, or you may just wish to travel a new path. Perhaps there is a personality conflict or your job has caused stress related emotional repercussions. Whatever the reason, if you have made a decision to leave an employer, what are the issues you should be aware of and what is your best course of action? We offer the following suggestions:

- Lawrence D. Alter

Author Lawrence Alter is president of L.D.A. Enterprises, Ltd.; a Minneapolis based outplacement and career management firm. He is a recognized expert in career growth techniques. Send ideas or questions via email to: Website address: © Copyright 2006 Lawrence Alter. All rights reserved.