Job Searching While Employed
If you are interested in seeking new employment when you already have a job, you will find that the process is somewhat different than looking for work while unemployed. One of the main differences will be a lack of time to devote to your job hunt. A rule of thumb is that it takes about a month of job searching for every $10,000 you expect to make. If you are looking while working a day job, you can expect to add four to six months on top of that. You simply will not have the same time and energy you have when you are free during the day.
That is not to say that is it an impossible task. In fact, the security of knowing you have a current job allows you to be more selective in evaluating the opportunities available to you. To help make this process easier, be sure to keep these tips in mind.
1. Give yourself enough time. Patience is a virtue in this case, keeping you from jumping from one unsatisfying job to another. Realize that your current situation is temporary and be realistic about your time frame.
2. Make sure the change is right for you. Consider whether you would be willing to move to another city or if you would rather stay in the same city. Work out the financial details if you are changing careers and expect to receive a different salary. This is especially important if you are switching to a career that might pay less, but would be more satisfying to you.
3. If it has been a while since your last job search, you may need to revise your resume to reflect your current position. Also consider getting advice from a career coach to brush up on your interviewing skills.
4. Rework your schedule to include time for your job search. Remember to include time for networking, internet searching, and interviewing. You may find that early mornings or lunch breaks work well for you.
5. Talk about your job search with close family, friends, and associates. Networking is still the best way to land a new job. However, it is a good idea to keep your job search from your current employer. It is best if you have no correspondence or phone calls come to your office. Also ask potential employers not to contact your present employer if at all possible. You will also need to plan vacation days for interviews. On the other hand, if you work in a closely-networked profession and are looking for a job in the same line of work, be realistic about whether your current boss will find out about your job hunting. If it is highly likely that word will get back to him or her, be upfront about your intentions.
At Hamptons on Heron Bay Apartments in Coral Springs, Florida, we love sharing lifestyle-enhancing tips with our residents. We hope you find these job search tips helpful.