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In a person’s career, job searching is a normal phase for people that want to evolve professionally.
There are many reasons to need a new job that range from a bitter work experience at your current job or the age-old requirement of a new one that gives you a higher paycheck at the end of the month.
Whatever the case, it’s no small task to make the transition even in the initial stages where you’re responding to emails and phone calls regarding interviews. This also goes without mentioning of the awkward moment you might face if your boss were to find out about it, which is a possibility if you’re responding to those calls and emails at the company you’re currently working for.
To help you with that, and any other issues you might face when changing jobs, we’ve reached out to three career experts and asked them:
“What’s your best advice for searching for a new job while you’re still present at your current employer?”
Check out in the post below what tips they had to offer.
Andy Chan – Prime Opt
Andy has extensive experiences working with Fortune 100 companies in data science, project management, financial analysis, and BI analytics. The goal of Prime Opt is to help professionals with an international background to land a job in the USA. In recognition of Prime Opt’s success, it is now a certified member of the Columbia University Alumni Career Coaches Network.
If you are at your 20s and think a job is not a good fit, the underlying message is actually: something is not right about this position. Instead of jumping into the job market immediately, talk to a manager first about your hope to make a change with your duties. For this reason, we suggest having a transparent conversation with a supervisor at the beginning.
Of course, this does not mean telling your manager your hope to leave a position – the goal of this conversation is to see whether managers can offer you other tasks in that position, or even to put you in another position within the same team. If changing job duty is not possible, then look for opportunities within the company. The best thing about this is that it is usually easier than jumping into an interview loop with another company.
Another additional benefit of making an internal transition is that on your resume, it would look like you have a longer commitment in a job because you have not changed a company. This is important for people in the 20s who are still building a solid profile.”
For people in the 30s, I would say, “Think about interest and not to think about it at the same time.” That means “Passion is one thing, but It is always “experience” which is the reason one is hired. In fact, there is no such thing as “right career;” choices made out of available choices are always reflections of personal values. So my advice is: think about the future development of a career path: does it have a ceiling? Are the limitations on where you can go? If the answers are yes, one should consider changing industry sooner. This is very important for people in the 30s, because a decision at this stage can affect the rest of your career path.”
If you are in your 40s, it is likely that you have more resources in hand than the younger people.When possible, schedule informational interviews with hiring managers of other teams.Click To Tweet
The purpose of informational interviews is to talk to professionals who can provide insights on what is working in a particular team like. Job seekers should always have their resume printed out. They should also prepare questions to ask. If job seekers are sure that they like to join a particular team, they can ask for referrals at the end of information interviews. Always bear in mind that to learn and grow is the theme of all these activities. For people in the 40s, changing a career means bringing new insights to new environment. Be prepared to take that role.”
One common problem for all would be how professionals should build their skills for career advancement. We should discuss three different scenarios to explain what one should do:
(1) the company is willing to train you in that additional skills. Very often this happens because you already have some basic idea about that additional skills, and your manager is willing to give you more opportunities to learn and apply that particular skills. This is a perfect case, but very often it starts with an open discussion with a manager;
(2) the company is willing to give you time to self-learn an additional skill. There is a chance that another co-worker or another team need a skill you have, so you are trained in an additional skill in exchange of the contribution you can make with skills you already have;
(3) the company has no resources for you to learn an additional skill. In this case, one will have to explore free resources online, or even consider receiving formal training in that skill.
However, when making a career transition, recruiters are still looking at experience instead of learning – this means you can only prove you know something by doing something. If you have to get training outside your company, try to ask your manager to give you some task which involves that skill. Then you will have a chance to talk about it in your resume.
John Crossman is President of Crossman & Company, one of the largest retail leasing, management, and investment sales firms in the Southeastern US. An active speaker and writer,
John is nationally known for his passion for diversity and his work with college students. Acting on his passion, John has an endowed student scholarship foundation established at FSU, Florida A&M, and Bethune-Cookman, named after his father, the late Reverend Kenneth C. Crossman.
My advice is as follows:
1). Keep crushing it at your current job.
2). Repair any relationships before you leave your current job.3). Be respectful of the time you spend away from your current job during the process. Don't be a time thief.Click To Tweet
4). Do use the confidence that you have a job during your job interview process.
5). Do have a transition plan in place for your career switch that is respectful of your current and future boss.
Cheryl E. Palmer – Call To Career
Cheryl is a Certified Career Coach with more than 20 years of experience in the field of career development. She has been quoted as an expert in media outlets such as Real Simple, CareerBuilder, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, MarketWatch, The Ladders, ExecuNet, and HotJobs.
Here are some tips for keeping your job search under wraps:
Don’t send resumes to blind ads. A woman once told me that her co-worker responded to a blind ad and then was confronted a short while later by someone in the company from Human Resources. The HR professional asked her if she was looking for another job. The woman lied and said no. The HR professional responded, “I got your resume.” It turned out that the job that this woman had unwittingly applied for was at her own company.
Be cautious about networking. Only share the fact that you are job searching with trusted friends and colleagues. News of your job search activity could get back to your place of employment, so be sure to network judiciously with people who are trustworthy.
Don’t tell co-workers. They may share your secret with the boss. I knew of a woman who told a co-worker that she was looking for a new position, thinking that she could trust this person. She was unpleasantly surprised when a new employee showed up for work and informed her that she was to replace her. When the employee confronted the boss about it, he replied, “You were looking for a new job anyway.” It was her co-worker who told the boss about her search for another position. A situation like this can be really devastating in the current job market.Don’t openly advertise the fact that you are looking for a new position on social media.Click To Tweet
This type of information can be publicly searched. You might not think that your employer is monitoring your online activity, but it is becoming more and more common. Don’t take the chance of your posts or tweets being discovered by your boss.
Stash your interview suit in your car and try to schedule lunchtime interviews if possible. Dressing up more than normal can be a real giveaway that you are interviewing for another position. To avoid suspicion, put your interview clothes in your car and change in a discreet location before the interview. It’s also a good idea to schedule interview appointments during times when your absence won’t raise questions. Taking too much time off from work can signal that you are interviewing at other companies.
Don’t use anyone at your current place of employment as a reference. This should be common sense, but if you are asked to provide references for a job, don’t use current co-workers or bosses to serve in this capacity. Employers will check your references before they offer you a position, and you don’t want to tip anyone in your current company off to the fact that you plan to leave.
Confine your job search activities to your own equipment and your own time. You should never put your work email or work phone number on your resume. Also, you should list your cell phone number so that communication with potential employers will remain private. In addition, you should use your computer at home to send emails to hiring managers. Using the computer at work is risky since many companies monitor their employees’ computer use.
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