12 Tips for Finding a New Job While Still Employed

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated June 29, 2022 | Published December 12, 2019

Updated June 29, 2022

Published December 12, 2019

Looking for a job while you’re still employed at a full-time job can be difficult. Not only does it take a lot of time but you have to be discreet so that you don’t lose your current job before you’re ready to move on to the next position. In this article, we offer 12 tips on how to search for a new job while still employed.

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How to search for a job while still employed

Here are some basic tips you can use to find a new job while you’re still working:

  1. Use discretion.

  2. Use only your personal devices for searching.

  3. Schedule smartly.

  4. Use former employers as references.

  5. Be cognizant of your attire.

  6. Update your LinkedIn profile.

  7. Make job-related calls away from the office.

  8. Job hunt on your own time.

  9. Ask potential employers to be discreet.

  10. Be careful online.

  11. Continue to work hard.

  12. Maintain a positive attitude.

1. Use discretion

While it can be tempting to talk to a coworker, you shouldn’t. Your intent to find employment elsewhere could easily get back to your supervisor, resulting in an unexpected dismissal. It’s best to use discretion and tell no one at work that you are looking for other employment opportunities.

2. Use only your personal devices for searching

Only use your personal phone, computer or email for conducting job searches. If it’s necessary to conduct any job search-related business while you are at work, use your cell phone and your own data plan rather than the company WiFi. Use only your personal email account for searching as well. You may want to consider setting up a business email address to appear more professional to hiring managers. For example, you could set up a Google business email address that looks like yourname@yourwebsite.com. 

3. Schedule smartly

Let the prospective employer know that you’re trying to be discreet with your job search and ask if you can interview before or after work or over lunch. If that’s not possible, consider taking a personal day or, if you can schedule the interview far enough in advance, use a vacation day.

4. Use former employers as references

Most hiring managers are comfortable with being given references from a previous employer. Compile a list of previous employers and supervisors and let them know in advance that they may be hearing from potential new employers.

5. Be cognizant of your attire

If your interview is after work or during lunch hour, be careful about what you wear into the office. Wearing a suit in a casual work environment, for example, would likely alert your employer that you’re interviewing elsewhere. That said, depending on the culture of the company with which you are interviewing, smart casual may be more appropriate. Have a plan in place for where you’ll change on the way to the interview and allow time to make the transition.

Related: Smart Casual Dress Code for a Job Interview

6. Update your LinkedIn profile

Before you begin editing, turn off notifications so that changes won’t be broadcast to your personal LinkedIn network. Keep your listed skills updated and consistent with what you’re doing at your current job. Make sure that your photo is current and professional but avoid any drastic changes in your profile. It’s best to keep your profile updated at all times so it’s 100% complete and current when you’re ready to make a career move.

7. Make job-related calls away from the office

Employers often want to conduct screening calls before scheduling a formal interview. Make sure you schedule these or any other job search-related calls when you are going to be away from the office. Go to a nearby coffee shop or your car where you can focus and have complete privacy.

8. Job hunt on your own time

Make sure you’re doing all job search activities when you’re at home, on your own time. Avoid the temptation to review new job postings from your mobile device or respond to emails from potential employers. If emails need to be responded to more quickly, set aside time over your lunch hour to take care of these.

To put yourself in the right frame of mind for job hunting, block out one or two hours each day that you will use to peruse job postings, search companies, write cover letters and submit resumes.

9. Ask potential employers to be discreet

Hiring managers and recruiters understand that you don’t want your employer to know you’re looking for a new position. Be clear and direct about your need for discretion to avoid any ambiguity. If you have any concerns that the recruiter may not be discreet, consider looking for someone new to aid you in your search.

10. Be careful online

Be careful when you’re using social media or visiting job boards. A single status update could alert your employer that you’re looking for open positions elsewhere. Minimize the risk by checking your privacy settings and using services that mask your identity when you post your resume online.

11. Continue to work hard

It’s important to continue to put forth your best effort at work and maintain a strong relationship with your supervisor and coworkers. While you do have a personal obligation to yourself to find opportunities that are emotionally, intellectually and personally fulfilling, you still want to maintain positive working relationships with those around you so that when you do eventually secure a new position elsewhere, they will be viable options for future references for you.

12. Maintain a positive attitude

Even though you’ve decided that you’re ready to seek opportunities elsewhere, maintain a positive attitude. Accept additional assignments such as mentoring a new coworker. Be a team player and maintain your enthusiasm even though you know that the position or the company is no longer the right fit for you.

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