You’ve updated your LinkedIn, CaeerBuilder, Monster, and Connections of New York profile pages. You’ve applied to one of the thousands of tech jobs available online today. Your experience was a match, and one of our expert recruiters gave you a buzz. Your resume was submitted, and fast forward a few days later, you received an interview for your dream job. The only problem is, you already have a job, and you don’t want your current employer to know that you are looking.

What should you do?


Ask the Manager You Interview with for Confidentiality.

Often times hiring managers will ask permission to check in with a candidate’s current supervisor. However, it is quite OK to let your prospective boss know that you are uncomfortable with him or her doing so. While some supervisors will still encourage you and offer you the references they promised you if you decide to be open about moving on, others will try to replace you before you replace them.

Interview During Non-Work Hours.

If you are interviewing for a new job while currently in one, you still owe it to your current employer to work all of the hours that he is paying you for. Though you may think that you will be able to interview during your lunch hour, successful interviews often run longer than their allotted time slots. Aim to interview before or after work if you can.

Be selective.

It can be tempting to send your resumes to dozens of hiring managers if you hate the job you are in. However, as an employed job seeker, you are in a position of power. Do not jump at the first opportunity that you receive. Interview your prospective employer as much as they interview you. Word travels fast, and spamming people with your resume is sure to reflect poorly on you.

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Use “I” Statements Instead of “They” Statements.

This tip is two-parted. The first addresses questions like, “Why are you looking to leave your current role?” Rather than badmouth your former employer or coworkers for something that “they” did, focus on you and your needs. For example, instead of saying, “They kept passing me over for a promotion,” try, “I felt that I needed to find a new opportunity with more room for growth.”

The second part of this tip addresses questions about the role you play in your current company. Rather than speaking about what your team is responsible for as a whole, focus on your individual contributions to the projects that you’ve worked on. For example, instead of saying, “My team was responsible for driving customer sales revenue,” you should try something like, “I used my six years of experience in Saas sales, HTML/CSS and JavaScript to create custom demonstrations and meet client needs. The result was an increase in customer sales revenue.”

Watch your wardrobe.

Nothing will alert your coworkers that you are interviewing like showing up to work in a suit and tie, when your attire of choice has always been jeans and a t-shirt. If you absolutely must interview during work hours, try neatly bringing your interview clothes to work. Then, change into them just before heading into your interview

Work with a recruiter.

If you cannot spend precious work time looking for jobs, you may want to consider working with a recruitment firm like Connections of New York. There, dozens of recruiters are paid to make your job search their full-time jobs. Additionally, they will be able to help you to practice the answers to common or tough interview questions, and to help you to understand the type of work environment that you may be walking into.


Do Not Tell Your Coworkers About Your Job Search.

This means that you should not tell your coworkers or your social media compadres about your new job hunt. If you must tell your closest friends and family, do so via a call from your personal phone. Also, make sure that your spouse does not post about how proud they are of your search on social media. You never know who may be watching.

Do not use the company computer.

We shouldn’t have to mention this in 2016. However, we didn’t want to leave any stones unturned. Most business have security measures in place that are geared at protecting them from employees who may want to take advantage of them. You should always assume that your work correspondences are being monitored.

Do not post your resume to the most popular job boards.

Depending on your Human Resource Department’s hiring process, supervisors may be encouraged to use big sites like Monster, LinkedIn, and CareerBuilder to ferret out new hires. Recent activity on your job hunting profile may raise unwanted attention to you and your search. (This is the last shameless plug– promise. Connections of New York is a boutique recruitment firm that is really good at providing bespoke career services to tech professionals. If you want to avoid the big boards, reach out to us instead.)

Do not check out.

If you are fortunate enough to have a paying job while you look for work, you owe it to your employer to give him or her 100% on the job until the day that you leave. Keep showing up with enthusiasm, and keep doing the job that you are being paid to do as best as you can.

Have you ever successfully started interviewing for new jobs, while still in your old one? How did you pull it off? Share your experience in the comments. 

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