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How To Look For A New Job While Still Employed

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Quitting your job might be one of the trickiest situations you can encounter. However, something even trickier than quitting your job occurs right before you quit your job: Looking for a new job. When it comes down to it, you could quit your job before getting a new one if you have to. In my experience, it’s much more preferable to have something lined up before you quit your job. The question then becomes, how do you go about doing this?

Here are three things you should do in order to look for a new job while still being employed and not burning any bridges along the way:

  • Tell your boss — Does this sound crazy? Actually, it’s exactly the opposite. This is probably the best thing that you can do before you start looking for a new job. More than likely, if a new employer is interested in you, they are going to call your references. If you are on decent terms with your current job, you have someone there as a reference on your resume. Even if it’s not your boss who answers, if the new employer calls, your boss is going to find out about it. This is not the way you want to keep on good terms with your current job. Schedule a meeting and tell your boss that you are planning on looking for a new job. Make sure you have the reasons for leaving ready beforehand to discuss with them. They will appreciate your giving them a heads-up. The news coming from you is the best way they can hear about it.
  • Don’t look at work — This is another biggie. You should avoid looking for a new job while at work at all costs. Looking for a new job at work (basically not doing any work for your current job) will certainly rub people the wrong way. This is a surefire method for getting a bad reference from your current employer. If you absolutely have to, such as needing to call someone from a possible new employer, do it on your lunch break and/or in private. Also, you should minimize the time at work that you are using to do this (taking two hours out of your work day is not suggested).
  • Keep working hard — I’ve seen this happen a lot. Once someone starts looking for a new job, they quickly lose all interest in working hard in their current position. Again, this can mean nothing but bad things for you. You need to keep working hard regardless of your plans to leave. Not only will your boss appreciate this, but your co-workers as well. You never know who you will work with or for in the future, so it’s best to not anger anybody by slacking off at the last moment.

One of the most important rules of business is this: Don’t burn any bridges on your way out. This may not always be possible, but you should do your best to make it happen. As I stated above, you never know whom you will be working with or for five years from now. One of the people you work with now could be the person who decides whether or not you get hired in the future.

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  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Good…if short, article.

    I found myself unemployed, quite unexpectedly, a few weeks back. I’m also approaching my 50th birthday (less than two weeks away), which has so far made the job search pretty difficult.

    The few leads I have had so far, have turned out to be scams (you wouldn’t believe how many of these things wind up on the so-called “legit” job boards–well okay, maybe you would.)

    Bottom line is I’m a guy who had a fairly decent career in the music business. Mostly when I was younger I will grant you.

    Because I was younger, I also made some mistakes back then which I can’t erase much as I wish I could.

    But I am still as sharp and as pasionate as I ever was. And I think I’m a pretty decent writer to boot. Blogcritics, as well as starting my own blog, helped me rediscover that gift which I am ever thankful for.

    My last job believe it or not was in a call center.

    Call me egocentric, but I’d like to think I can do better. And I’m glad, at least on one level, that I’m done with that. Because it sucked.

    But I still need to eat.

    Any takers?

    Thanx!

    -Glen

  • http://www.workplacelife.com/ Kevin Augustine

    Hey Glen,

    Thanks for the feedback! I know the article is a bit short, but I just wanted to get what I think are the main points across. This subject could have a book written on it in my opinon =).

    Have your tried Monster? I used it to get my current job and I’m pretty happy with it. Also, the leads I got from it were pretty substantial. Just make sure to upload your resume everyday to keep it on top of the search results =).

    I can see how a job at a call center could suck. I don’t think it’s egocentric at all to want to be somewhat happy with what you do. Just because it’s a job doesn’t mean you automatically have to hate it.

    Good luck with the job search!

  • http://absent-mind.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    Kevin, do me a favor and try writing one on how to find a job when you’re 51 and only have a highschool education and are handicapped.

  • http://www.workplacelife.com Kevin Augustine

    Hmmm, that might be a little out of my realm of expertise =).

  • kay774

    all the advice in this article is relevent, except for number 1…tell you boss? That is insane. you tell your boss and you will be out of there before you even have a chance to find a new job.