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10 ways to keep your job search a secret!

So you are looking to change your job, and you want to start the job-hunt? Wait. There’s something very important that you’ve got to consider. How will you keep this a secret from your current employers?
After all, you’ve got to be discreet about the fact that you’re looking for a new job. Managers frequently don’t look too kindly upon an employee who is planning to leave. He might get passed up for good projects, promotions or bonuses. Besides, he could be suspected of trying to steal confidential information. Even if nothing, an employee who is leaving is bound to get treated a little differently.
So how do you keep your job search a secret? Here are a few tips.
  1. Do not use your work email for job hunting.
  2. Do not use work resources – This is common sense, but it is amazing how many people don’t realize this simple thing. Don’t use the company’s computers, phone, fax, or any other resource to send or receive messages, or conduct searches.
  3. Do it on your personal time – Avoid taking calls, telephonic interviews, or scheduling interviews during working hours. Try to do it on a weekend, during lunch hours, or after office hours. If it is inevitable, you might have to take a day off, but do it with discretion. Take too many days off without any obvious reasons, and alarm bells will start ringing.
    Talk to your prospective employer about scheduling your interviews after office hours. Not only will they understand, they will also appreciate your respect for your current work.
  4. If you have no other go, and if you need to take that telephone interview during office hours, then you must have a plausible explanation for being missing from your desk. Try and get your work finished beforehand, and tell somebody you are stepping out on personal business, so that you are not missed. If you have to run out for an interview during office hours, you might have to come to work in formal attire. And if that is not very common for you, if you are usually dressed casually, then your clothes will definitely draw attention. You might want to start dressing well every day while you are on the job hunt, or else, you might want to take a day off, or else you will have to go somewhere to change quickly. Or else, have a good reason ready about why you are dressed like you are.
  5. Keep your silence on social networks. Job hunters have never had it better – the unlimited resources and opportunities the internet provides for job-hunting is immense. But the downside is that the word can get around quickly that you are job hunting, if you are not carefully. Even if you are quiet on Facebook, uploading your resume suddenly on LinkedIn can be a hint. So watch what you do or say online
  6. Confide in a trusted friend or colleague. – Telling a friend or a colleague about your job search will help in several ways. She might help provide contacts or leads, and she might pitch in for you, and get your back, if you are suddenly pulled away on something connected to your job search..
  7. Select references carefully – If the prospective employer asks for references, you can’t very well give your current boss’s details. You might have to think of someone from a previous job, or a colleague in the present job who you are close to and can trust
  8. Don’t tell your boss about your job search – even if you decide to tell a few colleagues about your job search, don’t tell your boss until you are really friendly, and she is sympathetic to your situation.
  9. Be careful during online searches.
  • If you are sending your resume to a job opening online, try and find out the name of the company before you send it. Ask your HR which sites they use to advertise jobs, and you would do well to avoid them. After all, you wouldn’t want to end up sending your resume to your current boss!
  • Remove names and identifiers while uploading resume on sites.
  • Don’t use company names in the resume. For example, you might use “working for a leading software outsourcing industry” instead of mentioning the name. This way, you maintain a level of anonymity.
  1. Keep up with your workoad, and do not slack off, just because you know you might be leaving. It can be a sure sign that something is amiss.
Not too hard, is it? Now go get that job!

[Quelle/Source (Link): The Resume Factor Blog]