Always be job hunting is the name of my book and my career mantra. No job is secure or lasts forever and you should always be looking ahead to where you want your career to go. But job hunting while you have a job requires special approaches, and precautions, so you don’t tip off your current employer and risk being fired before you find something new.
This was brought home to me in a recent post I read on Forbes.com. “Hiding your job search can be difficult in this era of social media use, so always think before you act when it comes to posting anything online or discussing your activity with others (especially co-workers),” writes Lisa Quast, who herself has written a career book similar to mine.
Among her tips:
- Lie low electronically.
- Don’t wallpaper the world with your resume.
- Conduct your job search from home, not work.
- Choose appropriate times for telephone interviews.
- Schedule in-person interviews during time off of work.
And most importantly, shhh.
“Not everyone at work is your friend and can keep information confidential – so be careful whom you tell,” she writes.
My rule is tell no one you work with, even your closest friends. They might let something slip that will come back to haunt you.
John N. Frank