Conducting the Confidential Job Search

You know how the saying goes. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. When it comes to job hunting, never lose sight of the fact that the job you currently have is worth much more than those you desire or plan to get.


That said we all need to think of career advancement, and looking for a job change is one way of achieving that purpose. However, it is often extremely important that your current employer has no clue about your plans to shift jobs. Once an employer feels that your company loyalty is compromised, they will either seek to replace you or reduce your importance and impact within the organization.


To make sure that your current employer does not find out about your job hunt, use the following tips:


  • Never use your official computer to visit job sites. Employers are on the lookout for such behavior and they might sniff at your activities before you even land an interview. Do all your job hunting in your own time, preferably from your home computer.
  • Don’t post your resume on job boards. Your company’s HR department will more than likely find your resume as they often do searches to find which employees are looking.
  • Don’t use the office printer to print copies of your resume. It takes only a moment’s carelessness to leave some copies lying around.
  • Schedule interviews over weekends as much as possible, to avoid taking time off. If you explain to your prospective employers that you don’t like to take time off, they’ll be more than happy to schedule interviews after work hours or during weekends. They may even be more favorably disposed towards a person who demonstrates the right ethics towards their current employment.
  • Be aware if you are interviewing with direct competitor, or with a company that is associated with your current employer in any way and make sure they know you expect confidentiality. Many companies have partner concerns and sister organizations that may not be mentioned in a company’s website. Do thorough homework to ensure that your potential new employer is not in some way connected to your existing employer.
  • While interviewing, do not provide the names of your current managers or coworkers to your hiring manager. It’s a small world and you never know who knows whom and may decide to pick up the phone.
  • Do not discuss your plans to leave your job on any social networking site. Your organization can snoop on that information easily.
  • Be confident when working with an experienced professional recruiter. They are aware of confidentiality concerns and are careful never to expose anyone to their current employer.

The more senior your job profile, the more stealth you have to demonstrate when it comes to looking for a job change.


By Anjela Mangrum, the founder of Mangrum Career Solutions Inc.  MCS partners with industrial and automation manufacturing businesses to source and secure transformational leaders for critical hiring needs in Operations and Supply Chain.  They work to empower individual job seekers by helping them gain a competitive edge in their job search. For hiring needs contact Anjela at 513.753.3813 x17.

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