Dear Huddie

Dear Huddie: How to Job Search while Employed

September 20, 2013

Back for installment 18 of “Dear Huddie” – a bi-weekly column to assist engineer job hunters in their pursuit of happiness.  Days are getting noticeably shorter, some cooler nights… Fall is right around the corner.

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Dear Huddie,

I am in a sticky situation, I would like to search for another job, but I am currently employed and if my employer finds out I will be terminated… any thoughts?

Sincerely,

On the down low

Great question –

I think all of us should have the ability to better our lives, whether with a new job to make us happier, or to earn more money – whatever the reason may be, you have the right.  Of course, that is my opinion – but in the interest of not wanting to be fired maybe read the info below.

Another part of trying to find a job while currently employed is you are more desirable – sorry my unemployed friends, as unfair as that may sound, a person that has a job does not have to run through the “why are you not working now” drill.

  1. Careful on those references – no need to have your current company called for references, DUH!
  2. If/ when you make it to interviews, take the high road when discussing your current job. No interviewer wants to hear why your job sucks – a simple “I am looking to move in a different direction” will serve you better.
  3. Conduct job searches, interviews and anything not related to your current job on your own time. As a rule it is not fair to your current employer to use your desktop and/ or company paid computer to find another job – and a quick way to get terminated before finding that new job.
  4. Last but not least – keep your job search to yourself, you never know when the person you trust most at your current job may turn on you, so keep your job hunt under wraps.  Last thing you want is to have the boss call you in and ask if you are looking for another job – AWKWARD!

 

Thank you again for listening, that’s it for now, next installment in two weeks – don’t forget to send your Dear Huddie questions to dearhuddie@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Huddie