Tips to Looking For a Job When You Already Have One

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If it’s time to move on to another job, the best time to start looking is while you’re still employed. Why? A few reasons.

While it’s true you need to proceed carefully, job hunting while employed makes you more attractive to potential employers. Companies want to hire the best possible candidates, and those people aren’t usually jobless. Having a current job makes an employer feel more confident that you’ll be a good hire. Not only that, but with a job you have more leverage when negotiating terms for a new position. Without a job, you’ve got nothing to negotiate with. Also, by staying at your job during the job hunt, you’re avoiding the big financial risk that comes when quitting before you have a new position secured. Keeping your job takes the pressure off by having an income to fall back on should you not be successful in your search. Instead of feeling rushed and desperate, you can take your time finding exactly what you want because you can still pay your bills. Lastly, as corporate veteran and author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time Andy Teach said, “When you’re working, your professional network is working for you because you’re constantly interacting with your industry contacts. They can inform you about jobs you may not be aware of. If you’re not working, you’re out of sight and out of mind.” That’s not to say you should tell all your coworkers you’re looking to leave, but keeping your network active will always be helpful in hearing of potential opportunities.

Even if you aren’t ready to jump ship quite yet, it’s wise to at least stay knowledgeable on what’s out there by doing a passive job search and exploring your professional options. However, there are risks you take when job hunting while working. It’s always possible that someone at your company could find out and tell others. If your boss finds out, s/he may see your search as a betrayal and lack of loyalty to the company. Potential backlash from your employer may include giving you fewer opportunities at work, or worst case scenario, taking steps to terminate you. Another risk you take is not giving your full attention to your current position because your mind and focus are elsewhere. You don’t want your performance to suffer, because this will ding your reputation and your relationship with your current connections.

So, to avoid these bad outcomes and have a safe and successful job search, here are some tips for you to follow.

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