Looking For a Job When You are Already Employed

You have a job, but you are starting to think that it is time to move on.  The problem is that you aren’t sure how to go about looking for a job when you are already employed.  How do you make sure that your job search does not impact your relationship with your employer?

Here are some guidelines that may help:

Don’t use company time for your job search.  While it may be tempting to scan through the job sites during a slow period at work, it is not a good idea.  First, it is not fair to your employer, who is paying for your time.  Second, the employer could be monitoring your internet use, so your job search may not be a secret for very long.

See if there are any jobs available within the organization.  Talk to your manager to let them know that you are ready for more responsibility.  There may be hidden opportunities available within the organization.  It is usually easier to move up a level in an organization where you have history and know the people, than it is in a brand new environment.  Make sure that your manager is aware that you are looking to expand on your skills.  It would be a shame to miss out on an opportunity because you didn’t ask for it.

Remember that it’s a small world.  Your industry may be smaller than you realize.  Many people in your industry may have worked together in the past, or may have even gone to to school together.  Because everyone is so connected, it would not be uncommon for an employer who has received your application to informally contact your current employer to ask about you.  Even though employers are not supposed to do this, since it does happen, you need to be prepared for it.

Be selective of where you apply.  When you are not working, you can apply to any posting that seems remotely interesting, with the hopes that you may get lucky.  However, when you have a job, you cannot be wasting time attending interviews if you are not genuinely interested in the position.  Before you submit an application, be sure that you would be willing to invest the time if they were to invite you in for an interview.

Remember that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  When you are not fully satisfied with a job, it is easy to believe that things would be perfect if only you had a new job.  When you are looking at an organization from the outside, it is easy to imagine it as wonderful place with no issues.  However, every organization has difficult people, and challenging situations.  If you approach your job search with a more realistic attitude, you are less likely to hastily jump into a different position without carefully evaluating its merits.  You don’t want to be going “out of the frying pan and into the fire.”

When you are already employed, you don’t need to worry about trying to live without an income, but looking for a job becomes a little more complicated.  However, if you are careful, and treat your current employer with respect, you shouldn’t have any problem making this transition.

(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo from: 89studio / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)


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