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Stealth Job Searching: Keeping Your Intentions Secret from Current Employers

It’s not unusual to seek advancement in your career, but often, this path leads you to seek opportunities outside your current organization. This can be tricky terrain to navigate, especially if you don’t want your current employer to know you’re considering a move. Here’s a blueprint to guide you on your confidential job search:


  • Guard Your Digital Activity: Refrain from using your work computer or office network for any job-search-related activities. Your digital footprints could easily give away your plans. Always use your personal devices and network for this purpose.
  • Separate Personal from Professional: Ensure to use your personal email address and contact information on job applications or resumes. Using your work email might raise a red flag.
  • Skip Public Job Boards: Job boards may seem like a great platform to showcase your resume, but your current HR department is likely monitoring these sites too. If they stumble upon your resume, it can prematurely reveal your intentions.
  • Be Flexible but Discreet With Your Time: Arrange interviews around your current work schedule as much as possible. Lunchtime, after-work hours, or even weekends are usually the best times. This not only shows your commitment to your current job but also prevents unnecessary suspicion.
  • Mind the Competitors and Partners: Before applying, thoroughly research if your potential new employer has any connections to your existing employer, like being direct competitors or having business partnerships. Also, if you have a non-compete clause in your current contract, be wary of any potential breach.
  • Maintain Confidentiality During Interviews: When providing references during your interviews, avoid using current managers or coworkers. It’s a small world, and you never know how information might travel.
  • Keep Your Plans Private: Do not discuss your job search with your coworkers, and don’t hint at any dissatisfaction on social media. These platforms are public, and word can get around faster than you’d like.
  • Leverage a Professional Recruiter: An experienced recruiter can be a great asset in your confidential job search. They understand the need for discretion and can effectively keep your intentions under wraps.

Remember, the job you have is often your best safety net until you secure your next position. Have you ever been discovered while covertly job searching? How did you handle the situation?


Anjela Mangrum, the founder of Mangrum Career Solutions, is a trusted authority in executive recruitment for the manufacturing industry! She’s dedicated to matching top-tier candidates with rewarding opportunities in the field. Connect with her on LinkedIn and join the MCS LinkedIn group for the latest in manufacturing recruitment news and trends. Let’s partner in your hiring success!