The job search process is stressful, it can even feel like a full-time job. Finding a balance between finding a job and the responsibilities of your current job can be even more difficult.
However, if you exercise discretion, confidence and good judgment in your search, finding a new job while working can be much less stressful than searching when you are unemployed.
Here are some tips for finding a job while still being employed and preparing yourself properly for potential opportunities.
1. Be clear about what you are looking for in your new job
The first step is to define what you want to find in your next job. You can start by listing the most important aspects, such as:
- the area of the activity ;
- corporate culture;
- the position and its responsibilities;
- the meaning of your work.
Try organizing your priorities as a list or in a notebook to better understand your needs.
Once you have identified what you want, you can focus on the opportunities that seem to correspond to what you are looking for, professionally and humanly.
2. Stay discreet about your job search
You might be tempted to hint to your co-workers about your dissatisfaction with the current situation, or your excitement about a promising lead. Don’t. If there is a rumor that you are looking for a new job, it could create a tense situation or cause you problems.
This means that you should also not post information about your job search on your social networks or on LinkedIn. By remaining discreet, you can find your next job without rushing.
3. Update your resume and LinkedIn
Take a moment to update your resume and LinkedIn page, if you haven’t already. Present yourself in your best light and ensure that your professional profile is impeccable to convince new employers.
Be careful, when you update your LinkedIn, to remain discreet so as not to alert your colleagues and your boss.
Things to consider when updating your LinkedIn profile include:
- turn off public notifications about updates to your LinkedIn profile;
- omit any mention of looking for a new job;
- fill in only the skills that correspond to your current position.
4. Use your personal devices for your job search
Don’t use company-owned devices to search for jobs.
For one thing, it’s unprofessional to do this during your work time. More importantly, it could raise questions if someone sees an autocomplete suggestion related to your job search, or if an IT employee notices unusual activity on company computers.
Only use your personal devices to surf job search sites and wait until you get home to look for work. That way, you’ll maintain a professional image and won’t draw attention away from your business.
5. Prioritize networking, don’t settle for job search sites
Networking sites for tech workers help make contacts, advance your career, and seize opportunities.
Networking offers many benefits in the job search, including:
- enable you to leverage your current relationships;
- minimize the time you spend digging up false leads;
- reduce unnecessary/problematic visibility of an online job application.
Browsing through job boards can be tricky because it takes time and your boss may be watching you. Networking allows you to use your connections to find a new job.
6. Don’t use your current co-workers as surety
If possible, avoid listing your current co-workers as references on your resume.
If you cite someone as surety and your potential employer calls them, it can burn you out. Your co-worker might let your company know you’re looking to leave before the opportunity even materializes.
Remember that you can always provide recommendations later. You can wait for a potential employer to ask you for this kind of information before giving it to them.
The situation is different if you work under a fixed-term contract, or if you know that your contract ends soon. But even then, only quote colleagues you trust and ask them before you quote them.
7. Arrange interviews outside working hours
During your job search, you will have to attend job interviews. If you have to leave your place of work several times to get there, you risk arousing suspicion. If possible, schedule your interviews outside working hours.
Sometimes your contact person is only available during working hours. In this case, you can find an excuse and use, for example, sick child leave or an RTT. Be careful, if you do it too frequently, it can arouse suspicion.
This also applies to telephone interviews. The need to “take a break” in the middle of the working day for a telephone interview is a stressful situation to be avoided as much as possible.
Set yourself a framework by telling potential employers which times are right for you and which are not.
8. Keep doing your best in your current job.
Avoid slowing down too much in your current job. You wouldn’t want to be fired before you found a new job. Don’t ruin a professional relationship that could help you later.
Do not upset your current employer or behave immaturely. Keep doing your best despite the difficulties you face. Think of it as practice for your next job.
9. Be patient and take care of yourself during your job search
Remember to keep a cool head during your job search. There will be false leads that lead nowhere, and the process may take longer than you think.
Remember that you are better off than if you were unemployed. Even if the situation isn’t ideal, at least you don’t face the added financial pressures of unemployment.
Don’t rush or be too hard on yourself. Remember that with perseverance you will eventually find a job.
10. Once you’ve accepted a job offer, submit your resignation letter
Now that you’re ready to start a new job, the next step is to send a resignation letter to your current employer.
Send your resignation letter at least one month before your planned departure date, or more, depending on the length of your notice. It should be concise and polite. Tell your current employer about your plans, wish them well, and offer your help with the upcoming transition.
A good resignation letter is not only a legal obligation and a mark of courtesy, but it will also allow you to leave your current employer without burning bridges.
11. Start your new job with confidence
Now that you’re about to start a new job, get the right attitude. If your last work experience wasn’t great, that doesn’t mean this one can’t be different!
Remember that you have all the tools at your disposal to bring something new to life. Use the lessons you learned from your last job and approach the new one with confidence.
A positive and proactive attitude can help you overcome new job anxiety and get off to a flying start.