It can be a challenge finding the time to search for another job while keeping up with work at your current job and with your family at home. Here are five tips to help you find a new job while you are employed.
Dedicate Set Periods for the Job Hunt
Set aside specific time periods to work on finding a new job-that way it won’t interfere with any work or personal obligations.
Stay Organized and Don’t Use Company Resources
Create a system or spreadsheet to keep track of jobs that you have applied to and applications that still need to be submitted. The spreadsheet should include key contact information for the hiring manager, the position applied for and any applicable dates. Avoid using company resources including email, computer, fax, phone or a copier to find and apply to jobs. Not only is it unethical, but it also increases your chances of getting caught.
Be Proactive about Networking
Become an active member of a professional association and attend meeting and workshops—they provide great opportunities to meet people across different companies. Also check to see if there are any applicable community and civic organizations regarding your industry.
Use Tools to Streamline Your Job Search
There are many online tools that will help your job search including Twitter, RSS feeds and job boards hosting the most update-to-date job openings. Job aggregator sites can also aid your search.
Schedule Interviews Wisely
You may need to be creative with your vacation time if you can’t schedule your interviews around your work hours. Try scheduling a job-hunting vacation day that includes several interviews or networking events. Prospective employers will understand that you have a tight schedule to work around.
Don’t Over Share
Avoid posting your resume or want for a new job online-- you never know who is trolling online boards and chats. Don’t talk about your search at the office, even with trusted colleagues you consider friends, it could lead to ill feelings and an uncomfortable work environment.
Exit With Grace
If you do decide to jump ship, leave your current employer in a professional manner to avoid burning any bridges. You never know what the future holds, so be sure to give the employer adequate notice and leave the office in pleasant manner.
Being on the job hunt can be hard when you are employed. While it does mean some sneaking around, these steps can make the process much more smooth and efficient.