It’s okay, you can secretly nod in agreement if you’ve quietly pranced in and out of your office to a lunchtime interview. This may go unnoticed if it’s happening once or twice but suffice it to say, when you’re actively looking to leave and frequently interviewing, your employer may start to take notice.
Thanks to good ol’ social media, when you really want to broadcast to your network in order to expand connections, you need to be more cognizant about your moves. Here are several aspects, per a piece on Fortune, to be mindful of when you’re looking to land a new job.
1. Be mindful on LinkedIn. If you’re inactive on the site and then all of the sudden you’re making dozens upon dozens of new connections, others may start to wonder if something is up, especially if you’re already connected to your boss. So, be sure to switch on your privacy settings. This is particularly important when you want to start following companies such as competitors. Plus, it helps you discreetly update your profile and tweak your current role.
Here’s the thing — if you’re always actively networking both online and off, no one will be suspect to it when there’s a lot of visible activity on your profile.
2. Remain confidential on job boards. If you post your resume on one of the big job boards, keep it confidential. We’ve seen this all too many times in recruiting while looking for candidates. That is, we noticed current employees post their resumes. Just like that, we notified their boss something is up and they may want to try to reduce turnover.
So, there’s a very strong probability that you’re posting your resume for new employers when in actuality your current employer sees it, too.
3. Watch your personal time. If you normally take personal calls on your cell phone from time to time, no worries there. But when you’re excessively stepping out of the building yapping away, it can be a sure sign to your boss that a potential new gig is in the works. Similar to interview timing, try to limit the calls to lunchtime and when it’s less noticeable.
4. Continue to set goals. A manager can definitely tell something is suspicious when you have your annual goal-setting or review meeting and you’re completely lax and disinterested. Our advice? Feign interest! Considering you don’t know how long it will take to score that new job, you might as well stay engaged in your current role. As challenging as it may be, we’ve seen unique things happen. Job seekers can’t wait to land a new job but in the meantime, their boss leaves and the candidate is in a prime spot to snag that role.
Sure, a job search takes time and energy and may deplete your focus on your current job, but try as hard as you can do remain diligent in your current role. It will serve you well.