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Tips For Job Hunting While Still Employed

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Job hunting whilst still employed has a long list of advantages and benefits. One of the biggest being it allows you to take the time to consider your next career move. By taking your time and not rushing into job opportunities you can make your next career move a great one.

 

However you need to thread carefully when you are job hunting. You don’t want to alert your current employer to the fact you are considering leaving and end up without a pay cheque. So how do you approach a job hunt if you can’t blast your CV all over the internet or arrange interviews left, right and centre?

 

1.Look for jobs on your own time

It’s easy to go gung-ho job hunting once you’ve made the decision to find a new job but there is no surer way to alert your employer of your intentions than by letting your performance levels slack. So whilst it is tempting to look for a job while at the office – don’t! Don’t use your work e-mail or your work phone number and don’t tell your colleagues – be discreet.

 

2.Register With A Recruitment Agency

Job hunting can be quite time consuming especially when you’re trying to be discreet (i.e. not posting your CV on jobs boards etc.). Therefore, registering with an agency can be very beneficial. Agencies can help you with all aspects of the job search (CV advice, interview prep, alert you to available jobs etc.), cutting out extra work for you.

 

Once you register the next step is to take the time to meet your consultant. When you meet your consultant it gives them the chance to fully understand where you are going with your career and the type of roles you are interested in. At the same time, consultants can also alert you to positions and industries you may not have considered before. Agencies also have exclusive jobs that are not openly advertised by the companies themselves.

 

3.Interviews

Making sure you have time available for interviewing is key when job hunting whilst in employment. If requested for interview you need to be able to take an afternoon or morning off, if it can’t be arranged for outside working hours. Flexibility is required as you want to suit your potential new employer as well as your current one. Having available annual leave makes things a lot easier.

 

4.Referees

When you make it to offer stage of the process you will need to be able to provide references. You are not going to use your current employer so make sure you have two good references readily available. Reference checks are essential in completing the process and are the deciding factor in an offer you receive. Make sure you have contacted both references and have a good relationship with them.

 

If you complete all of the above steps your job hunting process will be more effective, productive and hopefully have a positive result. Job hunting while still employed can be a made easy with the help of a recruitment consultant and a little preparation. These tips can help make the next career move you make a fantastic one.

Posted by Recruitment Consultant, Sigmar on 30 November 2017

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