How To Look For Another Job Without Your Boss Finding Out ( Step-by-step Method)

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  1. Admin

    Admin Administrator

    Are you gainfully employed but seems not to be satisfied with what the job offers. Most people ask if It is easy to find a job when you are currently on a job. The answer is a big YES.

    However, looking for a job when you’re still employed can be a delicate balance. You want to put your all into applications and interviews, but it’s difficult to go job hunting without your current employer finding out. Job hunting requires a good deal of time; not only will you be writing cover letters and perfecting your resume, but you’ll also need to go to interviews and meet with potential employers.

    I must state that is possible to stay on top of your work, satisfy the demands of your current job and at the same time avoid arousing suspicion in your boss while giving your job search your all.

    Before we move on, think about what will happen if your current boss finds out about your plans to move away. Consider how he/she reacted or responded when an employee moved in the past. If it's a business that promotes growth and rewards loyalty there is possibility your boss might place higher reward for you to stay.

    Putting a number of things into consideration is very vital depending on the terms of your contract. It's possible that your boss can fire you for looking for another job while still working with his/her organization. Some workers are at-will employees, that is to say they can be terminated for any reason except discrimination. Whether your employer actually would fire you, however, depends on the nature of the business itself. I must advice that you be cautious about your job search anyway.

    Stated below are five tips for keeping your job hunt as private as possible:

    1. Do not job hunt at work.

    The first step to avoid being caught is to avoid job hunting at the workplace. Being smart enough is never to browse job boards at your desk or write cover letters on your lunch break. If you receive a phone call informing you about an opening while at work, wisdom demands you ask the caller if you can talk at a different time. This format/ approach may be difficult, since you wouldn't want potential employers off or appear uninterested in the position.

    However, they’ll probably understand but propose some alternate times to call them—that way you can ensure that the discussion actually happens, otherwise go to a more private area to take the call.

    2. Be savvy about your online presence.

    Based on experience, discussing your job search on social media is not good. Is advisable to update your social media profile (Facebook, LinkedIn) with your current employment information but don’t advertise your job search. ‌

    Personal email is what preferable to make use of while job hunting rather than company's email. List this email on your resume too. The reason is simple, who knows how if your employer probably has access to your work email.

    Avoid posting your resume on job boards and other websites. While you may want recruiters to contact you, there’s a risk that your employer or coworkers could see it. Even if your name is hidden, your boss is probably familiar enough with your role and work to figure it out. Instead, rely on LinkedIn or seek out headhunters yourself.

    3. Never discuss your job hunting with coworkers.

    Networking is very important part of job hunting, however, you should avoid discussing your search for new job with current coworkers, even if you trust them with everything. My reason is simple, you never can tell who or what might get back to your manager or boss.

    You can freely discuss with former coworkers as well as other people in your industry—in fact, you should! These connections could be crucial to finding a new position.

    4. Ask recruiters and potential employers to be discrete- Do not use your current boss phone number as referee.

    I think this idea has explained itself. A lot of recruiters and employers understand that you don’t want your current employer to know you’re making plan for a new job, but if you’re concerned, you may want to mention it at the end of an interview letting know you want them to be discrete.

    Remember you have your own part to play by avoiding putting down your current employer as a referee while submitting any of your job applications. If possible contact your former boss or former colleague who’s familiar with your work to stand in as referee anytime they are called upon.

    5. Keep up/ Be at your best with your current work.

    I have kept the most important as the last point. Keep up, work hard, be at your best and never give room for your job hunt get in the way of your current job. If you slack off your boss might notice your move, and this alone is likely to raise red flags, and justification for firing you.

    Note: Potential employers want to hire someone who’s good and up and doing at his/ her current job—so keeping up and working hard makes you a more valuable candidate.


    Scheduling job interviews can be tricky because majority of employers prefer conducting face-to-face meetings during working hours. Therefore, if is in your power use a vacation or personal day for the interview. Use the doctor's appointment excuse once to get it done (you know what i mean). Never forget that using it too often, will either arouse suspicion or make your boss think you’re seriously ill. The same goes for using sick days for interviews.

    Avoid posting your resume on job boards and other websites all the time and also avoid discussing your search for new job with current coworkers. I must remind you again not to put down your current employer as a referee while submitting any of your job applications. This could lead to you loosing your job.


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