12 Tips On Discretion When Job Hunting

1 Make sure your social media profiles are completely up-to-date

For many potential employers, the first place to look when they have a job candidate is at their LinkedIn profile. Some may even look on Facebook and Twitter. It’s best to keep these updated all the time but if you’re looking for a new job, check your profile and ask yourself if it sends the right message.

However, a complete makeover will tell all your connections that you’re about to enter the job market, so keep changes subtle. If you need to make a lot of changes, do it over a few days.

2 Keep it to yourself

The fewer people that know about your impending departure the better. You may need or want to share information about your job search with your boss but letting workmates know can make it more complicated. They maybe hoping to be your replacement. The time to start spreading the news comes when you’ve accepted a new job but make sure you follow the right etiquette.

3 Be positive about your current employer

Whatever your situation with a your current boss, it’s always better to take the higher moral stance and ensure that you don’t burn your bridges. Focus on what you’re hoping to move to, rather than what you are leaving behind.

4 Avoid stating your current workmates as a reference

It’s perfectly possible that they maybe contacted while you’re looking for a new job and they should not be aware you’re looking for a new job.

5 Don’t lose focus on your current job

It is important to continue to show respect and professionalism to your existing employer, whatever the situation. As well as preserving your reputation, you’ll be increasing your chances of a good reference in the future.

6 Don’t turn up for work in your best interview suit

If you show up to work in a different outfit because you have a job interview that day, this will raise suspicions, to say the least. Build in time for you to change before and after your interview.

7 Arrange interviews for outside work hours

Random days off and disappearing in the middle of the day are all good indicators that someone is going for interviews, even if you have followed the above advise. If you inform an interviewer that you’d prefer to keep your job search a secret, they should try to accommodate you by scheduling your interview before work, during lunch or after work. If that’s not practical, make it known you’re using up vacation days.

8 Don’t mention your search in social media

You may think your comments are private but they don’t always stay that way. Even if your current employer doesn’t find out, a potential new employer might be less forgiving of such indiscretion.

9 Take care when posting your CV on job sites

It is distinctly possible that your current employer may your CV, which could result in an awkward situation. MyWhirld’s service ensures that you have the final say on who gets to see your full CV.

10 Avoid using your work PC, phone or email in your search

Many companies monitor Internet traffic, especially to recruitment sites. These days most telephone systems can produce reports of who calls are to and from. Emails have a nasty habit of being forwarded by mistake, like when you set an ‘Out of office’ message. Try to stick to using a personal mobile phone and private email address.

11 Relax the search if you’re happy where you are

Never completely stop looking for employment opportunities, because you just don’t when a great opportunity might arise but if your job search shows that you already have a great job, just put the search into a less proactive mode.

12 Above all, don’t lie

If all these tips fail and you’re confronted by your boss, be honest. You can sugar coat it as much as you like but dishonesty will always come back at you.