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Job Hunting in Stealth Mode

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