Moving on: Graceful exit strategies
There's no need to emotionally check out from your present job while you're looking for a new one. (Shutterstock)
Finding a new job is not easy in such an economy, but it gets tricky when you want to do that as quietly and gracefully as possible.
In this article, we will show you ways to look for a new job without risking to lose your current one.
1. Don’t announce it
Don’t tell your boss or your co-workers that you’re looking for a new job. Sharing this information only with your confidents, telling the wrong people that you’re looking for a jobwill most likely move you to the dog house. You don’t want to risk getting on your boss’s wrong side while he or she looks for your replacement.
2. Use your own communication system
Avoid using your work email, telephone, fax or any other tool of communication in your job search. Not only is this unethical, but most organizations have the ability to monitor your communication and they probably do that all the time. Conduct your job search at home, or bring a personal computer or cell phone to use off site during your lunch hour.
3. Don’t list your work contact information
This may sound obvious but it doesn’t hurt to double check. Make sure your resume and cover letter don’t list your work phone or email address.
4. Interview on your own time
Do your best to not schedule job interviews during your workday. Schedule them for before or after work, on weekends, or during a vacation week. If that's not possible, at least try to schedule interviews during your lunch break.
5. Honesty is the best policy
You don’t have to tell your boss that you’re taking a day off to have a job interview; but don’t lie and say that you’re sick or your grandmother just died. You can simply state that you need to take a day off for “personal reasons”. Hopefully your boss will not run an investigation to know more.
6. Don't overdress
Another obvious tip. Don't show up to work wearing interview clothes. Wearing a suit when you usually dress casually is a giveaway that you're in the job hunt. If you are interviewing at either end of the workday, or during lunch, change your clothes before you get to work or right after you leave.
7. Check your online privacy
Don’t ever update your profiles on LinkedIn or Facebook saying that you’re looking for a job. You can also adjust your privacy settings on most of online job search services so that your current employer can’t see your information.
8. Choose references carefully
Don’t use your current boss or co-workers as references. Organizations often check references on several candidates while making a final decision. Use managers and co-workers from past jobs instead.
9. Wait till you have a written offer
Don't give your notice until you have a written offer. Organizations or people within might change their minds overnight before deals are finalized. You don't want to be in the position of asking for your current job back and my advice is to never do that because it will make you vulnerable infront of your boss. Wait until you're positive it's a done deal to share the good news!
10. Don't burn bridges with your current job
Don’t change how you work as long as you’re still at your current job. Many people check out emotionally when they start looking for a job. It’s not smart to do that as your reputation is always at stake, not to mention that one day, one of your colleagues or even boss might become your partner or boss, or they might help you get a deal in the future. Be sure to follow proper resignation protocol by giving at least two-week notice, and don't leave without tying up any loose ends. Remember to ask for a recommendation letter before you leave too.
By protecting your privacy and acting smart about your job hunt, you’ll manage to get your desired job without losing your current one.
By Shaden Abdulraman
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