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You're sneaking around,you're up late at night, and there's a guilty look in your eyes. You've got a big secret: you're looking for a new job.

No need to be ashamed – fifty percent of adults say they'd consider looking for a new job this year. The median number of years that wage and salary workers have remained at their current employer is currently only 4.6 years, so at any given time, you're likely not alone in your endeavor. Job searching while you have a job can feel deceitful, but it has to happen. The trick is to keep your search under wraps as much as possible. Need some tips? We can help.

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Don't tell anyone. No, seriously. 

The title of this article includes the word "stealth," right? Stealth means cautious and quiet, so don't tell anyone or you risk your plans being heard by the wrong person. All it takes is your best work friend to be overheard whispering about it in the break room, and then everybody knows what you're up to.

This also means making sure your prospective employers know you're trying to find a new job under the radar. Be sure to tell them your current manager doesn't know you're considering a job change, and ask that they refrain from contacting them for the time being. If you're getting close to an offer, then that's time to give your manager a heads up, if you're hoping for their reference comments.

Update LinkedIn

First of all, make sure you've got your privacy settings in the right place - you don't want any updates made to your LinkedIn profile to pop up as recent news to, say, your boss. Once you know you won't be seen, go ahead and update your resume, share some articles related to your field, contact others who work at companies of interest, get involved in group discussions, and ask some old colleagues to endorse you for skills. You want to be improving your status as an expert in your industry without a job search being obvious.

Network quietly

It might be shocking to hear that over 85%(!) of all jobs are filled via networking, according to a 2016 study. Check out any upcoming conferences and events and when you meet someone who might help you take the next step, don't immediately tell them you're looking for a new job. Mention that you'd love to hear more about what they do, or ask how they got into the position they have. If you get the opportunity to develop the connection with this person later on, it's ok to mention that you're looking to further your career.

Keep working.

Just because you've mentally checked out of this job doesn't mean you can quit working before you actually quit. Stay on top of your workload, keep the job search out of the office, and consider now a time to shine at your current job. This is probably particularly difficult, since you have already decided you don't want this job anymore, but think of what a glowing review could do to your salary negotiations at a new job.

When it comes to taking the leap to the next position in your career, it can be a challenge to slip under the radar. Take these tips to heart the next time you find yourself with one foot out the door.

Posted: 4/25/2018 11:22:19 AM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments


It can be a real challenge to wake up every morning and head to a job that is unsatisfying, where you feel less than appreciated, and are either overworked, underpaid, or both. Sure, many of us suffered these same feelings at our high school job, but now we're adults, right?! Isn't this the time we're supposed to be doing meaningful work we actually like?

Sit back and remember the rosy-hazed days when you first started at your current job: you were excited for something new, you had a better paycheck than your last position, you were a new voice in the crowd and people listened, and you went home feeling refreshed and revitalized. If you long for those days again, it isn't too late to save yourself from the downward spiral of burnout.

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With employee engagement considered the biggest factor in job satisfaction, it's no surprise that companies who don't have a handle on it are seeing high turnover rates. Burnout is real, but it can either be seen as a hurdle or an exit sign. It's not always easy to navigate, so we're here to help.

1) Don't work overtime.

Unless you have a job where overtime is paid, don't spend any more time than you must in a place that's draining you of all motivation. If "everybody works more than 40 hours," too bad. Tell your boss you need to get a fresh outlook on things and that you hope cutting work out when it isn't necessary will help you stay focused when you're in the office.

2) Do some serious reflection.

Put some thought into what exactly has changed to make you feel burned out. Is it a problem with your boss's management style, or something that is so engrained in the company that it's unlikely to change? Or is it something a little more fixable, like a too-heavy workload, too many meetings, or catching up a new employee?

3) Talk to others.

Don't accelerate a toxic work environment by constantly airing grievances, but sniff around a little and see if maybe you aren't alone. Hearing it from others can validate your concerns and also help all of you collectively address management.

4) Be honest about all those meetings.

If you boil it down, there are very often two main types of employees: managers who scatter meetings, phone calls, administrative tasks and directives throughout their day, and creatives who require large chunks of uninterrupted time. When these two styles overlap, there is a huge disconnect, with the manager's plan usually trumping that of their team. Be honest with your supervisor – tell them that meetings put a block in the middle of your creative thinking, or that you often feel like a meeting could have been covered in an email. There's a good chance a manager just doesn't understand how detrimental a meeting can be to your creative process, so tell them!

5) Ask for a raise.

What's better, silently resenting your company for not (monetarily) appreciating you, OR asking for a raise and being pleasantly surprised? If they can't accommodate your salary increase, ask for more days off. A company will (or should) be interested in retaining employees above all else, so there may be some wiggle room in your current benefits.

6) Be clear about your goals at the company.

It's easy to assume your manager knows you plan to climb the ladder, but be crystal clear. If you have goals at the company that are known, management can better help you get there, and if you're left unsatisfied than at least feel good about the fact that you fought for yourself.

Don't get discouraged! Burnout happens to almost everyone, and with the right tools, you can better advocate for your professional self and thrive in an environment that works for you.

Posted: 4/2/2018 10:09:12 AM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments