Job Searching While You’re Already Employed

Not all job seekers are unemployed. In fact, a large amount of the people searching job boards are professionals looking to make a change from their current positions. These employed job seekers have a whole separate list of rules they need to be aware of when on the job hunt, so we’ve included a few below:

  1. Don’t use your work email to correspond with potential employers or submit your resume.
    • Use only your personal contact information, including your home/cell phone number when applying for jobs.
    • You might not be the only person with access to your work email inbox, especially if you work for a large corporation or government agency.
  1. Don’t make calls to potential employers while at work.
    • Don’t assume that no one can hear you making inquisitive phone calls to companies about potential opportunities in your cubicle or office.
  1. Don’t job search while on the clock.
    • Your current employer is paying you to work for them, not to job hunt. Do all of your applying and job searching on your own time.
    • There is always the chance that someone will catch you checking out the job boards instead of working, and this could result in you leaving your current position sooner than expected.
  1. Be considerate of your current employer when scheduling phone or in-person interviews.
    • If you get the opportunity to interview with a new company, whether in person or on the phone, try to schedule it so that you don’t need to take a whole day off from work.
    • Ideally, you should schedule interviews over your lunch break so that you don’t have to take any time off. If that is not a possibility, try to schedule them first thing in the morning or at the very end of the day, so that you can either come in a little late or leave a little early without missing much work.
  1. Give plenty of notice before quitting.
    • If you do end up accepting a job offer, make sure to give your current employer plenty of notice.
    • Two weeks notice is the generally acceptable amount of time, but every situation is different.