Job Searching…when you already have a job:
One thing that people rarely do is search for jobs while they are still employed. Even if they are unhappy with the position or company they’re working at, there’s a level of complacency that exists when someone is being paid full-time. Searching for other jobs while you already have a job—even if you love that job—is critical because it keeps you fresh, attentive, and constantly aiming for something higher. The minute that you stop doing that is the moment you lose your edge. Then, the next time you find yourself unemployed, you may be a bit rusty on the job search front, or out of touch with the recent job trends.
And yet, looking for a job when you currently have one could backfire. If anybody at your work were to find out, there would most likely be consequences. Here’s a couple general tips on how to navigate this practice.
Be Positive at all times:
It’s possible that your enthusiasm for your current job could slip once you start looking for another job. You must maintain an upbeat attitude and a fastidious work ethic. Continue to excel in your work and perhaps take on extra tasks. You want to make sure that you don’t show signs that your heart is not into your job.
Do not let your job search enter your workplace. Only search for jobs at home or at another safe location. And also, do not use your company phone or email address for these job searches. When applying for other jobs, also do NOT list your current employer as a reference. You do NOT want your co-workers or employers knowing that you are looking for employment elsewhere. Or else you could find yourself out of a job entirely.
The most important aspect of continuously searching for jobs is that it keeps you in the loop. As long as you stay up to date on employment trends and are knowledgeable about which companies are hiring, you will be fine. It is crucial that you maintain that edge, should you find yourself unemployed again. But above all, DO NOT GET CAUGHT.
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