Most career experts would tell you to start looking for a new job while you’re still employed. But when you do—you must tread carefully. I spoke to Andy Teach, a corporate veteran and author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time, Sara Menke, the founder and chief executive of Premier, a boutique staffing firm in San Francisco, Michael Kerr, an international business speaker, author and president of Humor at Work, and Teri Hockett, the chief executive of What’s For Work?, to compile a list of the 13 dos and don’ts of job searching while you’re employed.
- Don’t tell anyone at work
- Make sure your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete
- Never bad-mouth your current employer
- Let your prospective employer know that your job search should be kept confidential
- Don’t use any of your current co-workers or supervisors as references
- Schedule interviews during non-work hours
- Stay focused on your current job
- Don’t use the company computer, Internet, fax machine, or phone in your job search
- Don’t dress differently than normal
- Don’t mention your job search in social media
- Don’t post your résumé on job boards
- Always be honest if confronted by your supervisor or a manager
- Slow down the search if you realize you’re happy where you are.
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