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Escape the Job While You Have It

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Jun 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Search Tips, Candidate

The task of finding a new job can be difficult. It becomes even more challenging if you presently work a full-time job. Although your currently-employed status can look enticing to recruiters, an employer doesn’t normally like employees looking for other job opportunities and certainly not on their time. To be successful, you need to strategically plan how to find new job opportunities while remaining employed at the same time.

According to the popular online job posting service ZipRecruiter, job seekers are the most active between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. The busiest day of the week for job seekers is Tuesdays. To better prepare for the job market, let’s take a look at a few steps you can take to ensure your efforts are both resourceful and rewarding.

Boundary Setting

Designating a specific time to search for a job can prevent the undertaking from taking over your life. Create a start time and an end time to do your job searching. This ensures the task doesn’t seem as if it is never-ending. In addition, designating specific blocks of time allows you to be more productive as you apply for jobs, schedule-networking dates, and update your resume.

While it is important to have professional experience, networking is key to connecting and building relationships with individuals who can help you meet career goals. Networking for a job is a great way to discreetly job search while building connections that may develop into career opportunities.

To make even better use of your time, set up alerts when using online job search sites. This will free you from having to search the Internet daily. Instead, you’ll receive notifications and alerts of new job postings that match your interests.

Schedule Interviews Wisely

Strategically plan when you will interview with respondents. To help you stay focused on your current job duties, consider interviewing early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Leaving in the middle of the day can disrupt job flow and may raise suspicions with your current employer. If offered, consider interviewing in the early evening hours. This provides a great opportunity for job seekers to experience first hand the company’s work-life balance and culture. The job market is currently full of talent-starved employers. This means you should schedule interview times that are favorable to your schedule.

Unfortunately, a middle-of-the-day interview is sometimes inevitable with certain employers. When you do find yourself in such a predicament, try and work it out where you are not missing any meetings at your current job. You might want to play it safe and request paid time off if you know you will need to be at several interviews or several rounds of interviews.

Step Up Your Game

With the added stress of job searching, you might find yourself tempted to slack a little in your job performance. If you do your job better than you have in the past, it can create a bidding war because your current employer is faced with losing you as an employee. By stepping up your game, you increase the chances of your employer offering an attractive incentive to stay aboard with the company. 

Stay Calm

In addition to strategically scheduling interview times, you should carefully plan how to stay calm when handling situations. Leave details out and keeping your excuses for missed time or private phone calls simple. Although you may feel paranoid, providing brief reasons or excuses for missing work decreases the likelihood of drawing attention to your job search.

If your boss catches on and confronts you about your job searching efforts, don’t let your anxiety or fear of losing your job get the best of you. Instead, use this time to discuss the possibility of increasing your job responsibilities as well as your salary. Explain that you are interested in becoming a more valuable employee and that you are willing to better yourself and the organization by participating in more training opportunities. Many times, these circumstances raise only fear and anxiety within people, but if handled correctly, they have the potential of opening up conversations about advancement opportunities. 

Stay Silent

As tempting as it is to unload some stress or to tell colleagues about the awesome job leads you’ve scored, it is probably better to stay silent.

The office grapevine is unpredictable. Staying silent is usually the best course of action. While there are colleagues you may find very trustworthy, it could cause resentment and lead to problems down the road if you are promoted over that person.

Use our tips above as helpful starting points for job searching while still employed. With a strategic approach, you can land a new job or improve your situation with your existing employer. Either way, it's a win-win for you. Click below to view our open roles.

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