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Many workers who find themselves stagnating in their current jobs may decide to start looking for a new one. It's understandable, but it's also difficult; many career experts say that looking for a job is, itself, a full-time job.
So if you're on the lookout for new opportunities, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the best ways to find a new job without rocking the boat for your current position. Below are several great tips to do just that:
1) Make sure you're easy to find
Perhaps the best thing to do when looking for a new job is to let offers come to you, according to Top Resume. That means you should update your LinkedIn profile with the most recent job information you have, and also make sure your other professional social media accounts follow suit and are active. That way, you might not have to find a job, because a hiring manager could find you first.
2) Don't post your resume publicly
Employers frown on their employees looking for new jobs, for obvious reasons, so it's a bad idea to put your resume on job sites or start circulating it publicly, Top Resume warned. If you are going to apply for jobs, keep your head down about it and make sure your boss won't stumble upon your resume while looking to fill other roles at your current company.
3) Keep up a good work ethic
Whether you're just trying to avoid being caught or because you don't want to end up getting a negative reference, it's important to make sure your work remains of the highest quality throughout your job search, Top Resume further noted. Put another way: If your work quality starts to slip, that could raise some red flags with your supervisors that cast you in a negative light.
4) Don't let anyone know
Even if you have some really good, trusted friends at your company, it's a better idea to keep them in the dark about your job search, according to Forbes. Basically, you should aim to control the information about your job search, and if you tell people at your office, it can very quickly become a game of telephone.
5) Keep why you're unhappy to yourself
Along similar lines, even if you're leaving due to unhappiness, venting to co-workers is not a good idea, Forbes advised. While people might understand your frustration or even agree with you, it's still unwise put that information out there. The same goes for job interviews at other companies when they ask why you're leaving your current job.
6) Use personal/non-work accounts for searches
Don't sign up for any job alerts or communicate via your work email, or even browse for jobs on employer networks, according to The Balance Careers. Many companies monitor communications via these channels or log what websites you're visiting, and your job search could be uncovered.
7) Search during off hours
Along similar lines, it's also not a good idea to "steal time" and search for a job while you're on the clock, The Balance Careers added. This is just another issue that could end up affecting your perceived work performance.