Searching for a new job while you're employed can be tricky. It's important to be respectful of your current employer, while still putting your best foot forward to prospective employers. Here are some tips to keep in mind so that you can avoid any sticky situations.
1. Don’t quit.
The first thing you might think to do if you are unhappy at your current employer is quit- DON'T. Push through until you have another job offer. Having no job and no income isn't worth it. In such a competitive job market, it can be tough to find a job so your best bet is to stay in your current position and use the fact that you have a job to your advantage.
2. Don’t slack off.
Staying at a job you don't like can make it difficult to stay motivated. But you should work just as hard as you did when you first started. When you do find a new job, you want to leave your current employer on a good note. If so, you could possibly even use your past supervisor or co-workers as references in the future.
3. Don’t search at work.
Limit your job search to your personal time on your personal computer. It might be tempting to search during your down time at work, but don't do it! It's possible for your current employer to catch you searching for or printing off other job postings. Talk about awkward!
4. Keep quiet.
This may seem obvious, but letting your coworkers know you are in the market for a new job is not a good idea. Office rumors spread fast and you wouldn't want the news getting back to your boss.
5. Be upfront in your interviews.
When interviewing for other positions, be honest with the interviewer. Don’t freak out when they ask why you want to leave your job because they will ask. Explain what you are lacking in your current position that you would be getting from the new position. However, remember to never bad mouth your current employer. And let the interviewer know you would not be comfortable with them contacting your place of employment unless they are 100 percent sure they are going to offer you the job.
Following these steps will make sure you don't run into any issues when searching for a job while employed. Happy job hunting!