Job Applications: How To Ethically Job-Hunt While Still Employed

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Does your current employment bog you down? Do you feel uninspired and your energy ooze out each time you report to work? It makes sense to look for better alternatives, seeing that the biggest chunk of your life is spent at work. You can still send job applications in search of your desired career path. You, however, need to be careful when looking elsewhere, because in as much as you hate your current engagement, it pays your bills and keeps you relevant in the market. Your chances of getting a job are usually higher when you are employed, because you are in constant contact with the industry. You are also more attractive to another employer when you are already employed. Most companies look for the best talent in the market and such talent is usually engaged elsewhere.

Below are factors you should consider when you consider job hunting while still employed;

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  1. Keep it on the down low

You have to keep your job search to yourself. Your colleagues shouldn’t know, and most certainly not your boss. The danger of letting people in on your job-search efforts is that it creates anticipation for you to leave. Your boss may also interpret it as betrayal and disloyalty. Such a situation may backfire in your face when your search efforts don’t bring forth your desired results, and worse still your boss decides to relieve you of your duties. Also, don’t go posting your CV in public job boards. Your supervisor is likely to stumble upon it and begin scrutinizing your activities and demeanor at work.

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  1. Update your LinkedIn and Jobsite profiles to 100%

Technology trends have made giant leaps in the recent past and these days employers rely greatly on social platforms to get a feel of potential candidates. An active LinkedIn profile shows qualities in a candidate like seriousness, resilience and flexibility. This said, your other social media profiles should be clear of grime and muck. A compromising photo of you on social media may make a potential employer wonder whether your CV is a complete representation of you. What you post as updates also tells a lot about your character and maturity. Therefore, you need to practice restraint in your interactions.

  1. Keep off your current employer’s equipment

Resist the temptation to update your CV on your office computer. Most companies have a way of tracking your internet usage and sometimes back up all work in temporary servers. You do not want a printed exhibit of your sneaky ways to accompany your dismissal letter when you least expect it. Other than being caught, it is also a sign of disrespect to your current employer. After all, you are still receiving your pay slip promptly at the end of every month. Schedule your job search activities for non-office hours. You sneaking around may also result in you making mistakes in your applications like sending incomplete details, sending to wrong recipients or sending documents riddled with typos.

  1. Maintain status quo

This applies to your work productivity, your dealings with colleagues and your boss, down to even how you dress. Do not think for a moment that people in the office will not notice. If you spend all your energies job hunting, chances are that your current duties will suffer and your boss will definitely be concerned. If you have never won a suit and suddenly you’re waltzing in in stripped suits complete with a tie, eye brows will go to the hairlines, jaws will drop and tongues will wag. These actions will raise suspicions that might not work well in our favor.

  1. Be honest and reasonable with your potential employer

Do not leave projects catching fire because you run off to take interviews. Your potential employer will respect you more when you schedule interviews during non-working hours or during your off days. They know your value, especially if they are ‘poaching’ you, hence they understand that you still have responsibilities you cannot abandon. If they ask whether your current employer is aware of your job search, be honest and respond in the negative, then inform them that you are keeping your job search confidential.

  1. When you get caught?

Do not try to lie or become defensive, especially where there’s evidence. Just let your current employer know that from time to time you like to test the job market, and yet you manage to stay put. You will then hope that they don’t immediately type your dismissal letter.

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  1. Maintain professionalism

Even after completing your interviews and signing a contract with the new employer, remember that you had previously signed another contract with your current employer. Give your current employer enough time, as stipulated in your contract and conduct an acceptably complete hand over. Do not leave your colleagues picking broken pieces of your work after you leave. This hurts all chances of relationships with not only your employer, but your former colleagues as well. As much as possible, seek to leave bridges intact.

Pritam Nagrale
Pritam Nagrale is a recruitment blogger from India. His blog SureJob.in provides daily job alerts for government jobs & useful career tips.”
 

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  1. Brighter Monday,
    The advise given is very encouraging however there is something that happens for example at my place of work. The company utilizes our knowledge at their own advantage. When it comes to promotion they get people from outside of which they are either relatives,friends or former colleagues. This really demoralizes workers to an extent of losing hope and sometimes saying it loudly due to bitterness. In such a scenario, what is your advise?

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  3. What would you do when one of the interviewing panelists intimidates the interviewee. Esp when the interviewer is outrightly wrong, and you politely disagree or dont buy his thought.

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  4. This is very important document as many workers will be be finding better jobs while still employed. Am told some ‘bosses’ come peeping at what you are doing when you walk away from your desk.

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  6. this has realy tought me alot.I have been doing the same but for me i had been sharing with a friend of mine ignorant of the dangers that layed ahead I .think i wont repeat the same again and thanks alot

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  7. Hi brighter Monday. This is an eye opener, especially on using office computers to apply for jobs and sneaking from duty to attend am interview.
    Thanks for the advice

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    • Hi James,
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  9. Thanks a lot for the ethical balance you bring through the article. The balance can sometimes be tricky. When it is not achieved, anxiety creeps in and productivity is affected.
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  10. Nice one….Thank you for a piece of advice. And is it advisable to put your current employer as part of your referees?

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  11. A very informative article, it helps one remain professional even when the previous employer matters no more,
    Thank you.

  12. stunning discoveries, the exact mistakes i have been making like using current employers equipment,applications and interviews during working hours. thanks a lot i’ will change this.

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    Am happy and confident, this article has sharpened my skills on how to articulate matters relating to employers and the job market. Am grateful
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  25. Thanks for the valuable tips and information on career search and growth,am grateful the tips will help me grow and explore the vast career path and world as i go in-search for better Working environment.

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  26. thanks currently an at the most poorly paying job, but recently I tried to hunt a new job unfortunately the boss knew it, very nice advice since I had a big crisis with her

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  28. Hi Team,

    For sure this is what we need, in the job market there are alot of challenges but how to handle them is an issue especially at this point in the article. Thank you for your contiued support and help.

  29. i really appreciate u people.Have been longing to find such information bt u have it as im now looking for a job.Thankyou for the educative site.

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  30. It makes alot of sense and as I am currently not employed and looking for a job, I will surely put that into practice once I get a job.

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  31. This is why I keep it Brighter Monday. You enlighten us with vast information and knowledge that very few can afford to ignore. Indeed this is a small world and it’s good to do unto others what you would like being done to you. Quite informative and keep up the good work.

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  32. This is great knowledge, people have landed in mistakes because of simple mistakes but I believe that with such a platform, there is light at the end of the tunnel

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  33. Hi!Thanks a lot for this touching article.Am already employed but still searching for greener pastures. For sure I have gained a lot i really appreciate your informative article.

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  34. now yet not emplyeed but i need your support to get a job at tanzania coz am stay tanzania in order i can practice 2

  35. Thanks so much for that info.I am now enlightened.No wonder I have been fighting with my previous bosses.

  36. thankz a lot, this has prepared me in to avoid unnecessary character and to remain a life in a job time.

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  37. this is very educative to me.I have seen people mess with their current jobs in the name of looking for greener pasture,only for them to come back and beg again for reunion

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  38. Thank you so much,this is an eye opener.
    I have been using the office equipment to do job searches,how can i go about it and leave no trace of my searches? please advice.
    Thank you.

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  39. Thank you for your information, most of the things highlighted above are things people take for granted, especially telling your colleagues.

    Thank you again

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  40. Thanks alot coz i almost messed! What about using my current Boss’ adress while writing a cover letter? Thanks

    • Hi Godson,

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  41. Thank you for dressing to us such important things which we were not aware of esp using the employer’s address.

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  42. Thank you guys so much i have really learned a lot from your article i hope to get more from you and please advice me on how to get my dream job of being a Front Office Receptionist /Cashier

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      If the answers are in the affirmative, start looking for this jobs and spruce up your CV and write a customized cover letter.

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