How to Find a New Job Whilst Still in Your Current One
If you’re looking for a new job, it can be a very demanding task whilst you’re still in full-time employment. There’s very little time for job seeking, and interviews are mainly held during working hours which can prove to be extremely problematic. However, candidates who are in current employment are the most attractive and are more likely to be invited to interviews than someone who is unemployed. How is one to carry out a job hunt whilst working?
Keep your job hunt a secret. It might feel awkward at first, but it’s definitely for the best in the long run. If your manage finds out, you may lose your job, and at the very least, you’ll lose their trust and may sacrifice a reference.
Sign up with a recruiter. This way, somebody else will be carrying out a lot of the hard work for you. You’ll need to ensure that you have a good CV and a friendly attitude in order to impress them, but once that’s done, they will be able to notify you of new positions which are directly relevant to you. They’ll also submit applications and set up interviews on your behalf, streamlining the process immeasurably.
When it comes to interviews, many employers will want to schedule them during working hours. Speak to your recruiter or the organisation directly if this is going to be a problem for you. Often they will be very understanding, and will appreciate you being upfront and proactive about the situation. It may be possible for them to reschedule, but if the time is non-negotiable, see if you can book the day off as holiday. You don’t want to have to be worrying about getting back to work, and it will help you to relax and be yourself.