People always say that it’s way easier to find a job when you already have one. And although there could be some truth to that, it doesn’t mean it’s not a challenge. After a long 9-5 in the office, the last thing we want to do is return home to write cover letter after cover letter, never mind find the time to schedule in interview prep or pour over presentations. So to avoid falling behind in your current job and to make sure your job search is as efficient as possible, there are a few crucial things to bear in mind. From making sure you leave a job on good terms to taking advantage of workplace connections, follow these steps on how to search for a job when you already have one.
Be Savvy On Social Media
Two words – privacy settings. Your online presence can affect your potential of finding work and also mess up your current job stability if you’re not careful. Don’t post about looking for a new job, since your company could come across it and not be too happy. Avoid posting rants about work online and don’t bad mouth your boss on Twitter either. Many recruiters look at the social media profiles of candidates to determine their character, so don’t put anything on there that you wouldn’t want to be seen by a potential employer.
Stick To A Schedule
Working a full-time job while job searching can be a bit daunting, and it goes without saying that the time consuming efforts of your job hunt should not affect your work performance in your current role. To avoid this, stick to a strict schedule. It may not sound like fun, but it’s the only way you’ll excel your present working life as well as your future job prospects.
Keep Your Search Away From The Office
Although this may seem like an obvious one, since many of us use work laptops outside of the office, it’s vital to be vigilant of your online activity. It would hardly be considered professional to be job searching on a company device, and it would certainly land you in trouble with your boss. Using personal computers and email addresses is the best way of keeping your day-to-day work life unaffected by your job search.
Stay Committed To Your Current Job
Respect your current position and glean opportunities there since your colleagues will notice if your work ethic is slipping. Mentally checking out of your job prematurely might reflect badly on you and lead to a negative or no reference from your current employer.
Make The Most Out Of Your Network
Think about your connections and who could serve as the best reference for your CV. If it’s a prominent figure in your industry who can vouch for you, this will not only impress a potential employer but also show them that you’re well connected and committed to your area of expertise. You can also tap into your network to discreetly uncover opportunities that may not be publically advertised.
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