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How to keep your job search a secret

There will come a point for most people when their circumstances change and their current role is no longer offering the salary, challenge, opportunities they’re looking for.  So time to dust off your CV, brush up your interview skills and start searching for a new job.  Now you’ve decided to make the move, the most important thing is to be discrete.  You’ll more than likely be searching while still employed in your current role, so make sure you do it the right way…

Here are our quick tips so you don’t burn any bridges on your way out..

  1. Think before you post – it sounds simple but don’t broadcast your search on social media. Even if you aren’t ‘friends’ with any colleagues it doesn’t mean they won’t see it.  If you wouldn’t shout it in the street, then don’t post on Facebook or Twitter etc.  Linked In is a useful tool for jobseekers, but before you start, check your settings, and ensure your network isn’t informed when you update your profile or make a new connection.  Nothing says you’re looking for a new job like an increase in updates, connections with recruiters or recommendations from colleagues/suppliers/clients.
  2. Keep performing – OK, so you’ve decided to leave and your heart more than likely isn’t in it anymore. Remember it can take months to find a new role so don’t let your performance slip.  Reduced output, missed deadlines are a red flag for any employer.
  3. Don’t be the subject of office gossip – The easiest way for your manager to find out your looking to leave is office gossip. It only takes someone to accidentally say something to the wrong person and the whole office knows.  The simple way to prevent this is to keep it quiet, don’t discuss your plans with your colleagues.
  4. Do it in your own time – Do it in your own time, while it is tempting to have a quick look on a jobboard, update your CV or write that cover letter while at your desk, stop. It is not only unprofessional, it makes it obvious to anyone who can see your screen that you’re job hunting and increases the chances of being discovered.  The same can be said for interviews, arrange them outside of your working day or take the time off.  It is an added stress, to an already stressful process, if you have to lie about your movements and worry about being discovered.
  5. Don’t dress to impressif you always come to work suited and booted then this may not apply to you. But for most, normal office attire is less formal than that worn at an interview.  Bring in a change of clothes, nothing shouts interviewing more than coming to work dressed up to the nines, when you normally wear jeans and a t-shirt. This will also ensure that your chosen outfit remains intact during the working day, as doesn’t succumb to any lunch time food stains.

If you’re thinking about making a change, then please do get in touch or have a look at our latest HR vacancies here

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