How to Start Your Job Search While You're Still Employed

Searching for a new job while you're still employed can be difficult for a variety of reasons: first of all, you may risk losing your current job before getting a new one if you do anything wrong. Moreover, it can be difficult for you to find the necessary time for your job search and to remain focused on your current job at the same time.

There are 2 important success factors when searching for a job while still employed: discretion and clear delimitation.

Discretion means you don't tell everybody you are looking for a job, especially to your current co-workers and boss; you're letting your potential employers know your job search should be kept confidential and you’re not using your co-workers or supervisors as references.

You should also avoid using the company internet connection, computers, e-mail and printers for your job search or dress differently than usual.

Mentioning your job search on social media or publicly posting your resume on job boards can unveil your intentions.

The second factor which will allow you to find new employment in an ethically correct manner is clear delimitation between your current job and your job search. That involves remaining focused on your current job, accomplishing your current duties as responsibly as before.

Moreover, you should never schedule your interviews during your working program, and sacrifice your free time for job search and preparation.

A Forbes article, The 13 Dos and Don’ts of Job Searching While You’re Still Employed recommends to be honest if confronted to a manager or supervisor. If they ask you about your intentions, do not lie.

There are also some job search channels which will make you look like a passive candidate. Hiring a head hunter is one of them.

Working with a recruiter is another. You can also try the old fashion method: get in touch directly with the hiring managers form the companies you are interested in.

Even you cannot use your LinkedIn profile to announce you job hunting status, make sure it is 100% complete.
Once you have one or more offers and you have decided to live your current job, make sure you are doing it in a professional and ethical manner.

Of course, you can always choose to quit your job by resigning, but you may have some obligations to your employer.
”Handing in your resignation, either verbally or in writing, is a clear statement by you to your employer that you're going to leave your job”, according to nidirect.gov.uk.

However it is always a good idea to do it both verbally and in writing, mentioning how much notice are you giving and which will be your last day.

Make sure your resignation complies with the terms of your contract, otherwise your manager is not obliged to accept it.
Leave the current job in good relations with your co-workers and bosses and live your everything well organized for the person who is going to get it.