Written By Damilola Faustino
It is very difficult to search for a job while still engaged in another. The thing is you cannot quit your current job when you have not gotten another, therefore, you need to keep your job search as quiet as possible. Here are a few tips for interviewing while you’re still employed:
Schedule interview on your own time
When you are job hunting, do your best to schedule interviews on your own time. This is the best way to keep the word from getting out. Find out if prospective employers are willing to meet with you before or after normal business hours, and be open to interviewing in non-traditional interview spaces, such as a coffee shop or public library.
Take advantage of a different commitment
Whenever possible, schedule your interview on days when you already have a commitment your current boss knows about. For example, if you’re scheduled to work at an office across town on a particular morning, schedule your job interview that day, and attend the interview before heading back to your main job site.
Information spreads quickly in the workplace, so it’s best to keep quiet about your job search to prevent any negative feedback. If someone asks why you are leaving work early or inquiries about your sick leave, be unclear with your answer and change the subject as quickly as possible.
Don’t change your regular attitude
Even though you’re planning to leave, don’t check out mentally when performing tasks for your current employer. Work just as hard as you normally would, and continue to show respect to your boss and co-workers. Keep your attire the same as well, especially on interview days. Showing up to a casual office in a business suit and then leaving work early is likely to raise a few eyebrows.
Use a Vacation or Sick Day
If you have vacation time or sick days available, use them during your job search. Tell your boss you would like to take a three-day vacation in a few weeks. Once the vacation days are approved, begin an aggressive job search, and do everything in your power to schedule your interviews on those vacation days. If a prospective employer wants to conduct a job interview right away, your only option might be to call in sick. Try not to call in too often, as this can tip off your current employer.