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Job Search Tips For The Employed

The emotional strain of keeping your search secret while exploring other job possibilities is not only a tough balancing act, but also a touchy career issue. In most cases, it would be career suicide to tell your boss about your decision before you have another firm offer in writing.

For those of you in similar situations, here are five suggestions to keep in mind:

  1. Avoid mass mailings - they tend to be of limited use for most job seekers because the likelihood that an opening exists at the time of the mailing is very remote. With this approach, you risk considerable exposure at a very low percentage rate of uncovering possible job leads.

  2. Avoid online databases - unless it promises anonymity. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that more broadly you circulate your résumé, the more likely your current boss will find out.

    This avoidance approach also applies to the usage of voice mail and e-mail. I would strongly recommend that you treat voice mail exactly like e-mail, assume that you have no privacy rights at all. Very few employers make it a policy to monitor its employees voice mail, but employer ownership of the equipment probably gives them the legal right to do so.

  3. Limit answering advertisements - never send a résumé if the company isn’t identified. If you work in a small, close-knit industry, use extreme caution. Remember that you have a long career path ahead of you, but it does tend to be a small world. The company you’re sending it to may employ a close friend of your boss. Also, steer away from local trade meetings.

  4. Use a third party - a close friend, headhunter, or career counselor can act as a go-between to discreetly approach employers about possible openings on your behalf.

  5. Don’t abuse your current employer - the company is paying you for a fair day of work. Continue to perform on the job and don’t run-up long distance phone bills talking to executive recruiters or calling in sick to go on scheduled interviews. Insist on arranging only evenings and weekend meetings.

Always apply “the Golden Rule”: If the company has treated you fairly, you should do the same.

- Joe Hodowanes, Career Strategy Advisor

J.M. Wanes & Associates

www.jmwanes.com

Joe Hodowanes, M.P.A., SPHR, is a nationally recognized career coach, syndicated columnist, and president of Tampa-based J.M. Wanes & Associates, www.jmwanes.com. J.M. Wanes & Associates is a career coaching, outplacement, and executive search firm specializing in executive-level opportunities.