How to Job Search Without Losing Your Job - Keep Discrete so You Leave when You Want To

by Denise Taylor - Date: 2006-12-28 - Word Count: 435 Share This!

1. Don't discuss your job search with colleagues

You can never be sure who they will tell. If you tell one person in confidence, they tell one person and it could easily reach your boss. At the point when you are only thinking about looking for another job your boss calls you into his office ...

2. Search for a job away from the workplace

You may be able to shop on the net during working hours, but you certainly don't want to be seen browsing job sites. How would you reply if your boss comes up to your desk, even in your lunch break and sees what you are doing?

3. Don't include your work phone number or email on your CV and applications

Your phone call and emails could be monitored, plus it gives an impression of someone who may commit minor fraud in the new company. You can get a hotmail or yahoo account, and do choose a sensible user name.

4. Do not use the company copier

What happens if the paper gets stuck and someone finds a copy of your application form? Plus it is also theft.

5. Don't take job related calls at work

Put your mobile through to voice mail, with a personalised message, and return calls at lunch time, away from the office where you will not be over heard.

6. Try to get interviews on your day off or after work

At times you will have no choice but to seek a day off for an interview so make sure you have some holiday left. You may get away with being sick on one or two occasions, but doing this will give you a poor sick record which could mean the job offer being withdrawn once they are aware of this.

7. Don't change the way you dress at work

Maybe you will have a one hour interview at lunchtime. Whilst great: you can fit this into your working day, you must think about what you wear. If you are usually casually dressed, it is suspicious if you turn up in your smart interview clothes. You may need to look to change off site.

8. Be careful with references

You will often be asked for references, do make sure you tick the box to say only to contact your current employer if successful in your application. You don't want to be called in to discuss this.

9. Keep up a high standard of work

Your job search could take a number of months so don't disengage in your current job. Too many people will lose motivation and dream of the upcoming (unknown) job. This then results in a less than complimentary reference

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Denise Taylor is a chartered occupational psychologist and careers expert who specialises in helping individuals achieve career satisfaction and to take a systematic approach to job search. To receive regular tips direct to your inbox each month send a blank email to: or visit the website:

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