Job Hunting While Working – A How To Guide

So you’ve decided that it’s goodbye to current company, on to the next one. Congrats on making the decision to change jobs. It’s a difficult decision to make, to decide that you’re done with a current place or role, and that you need to leave in order to fulfill your general desires.

Now that you’re rolling on out, here are some good steps to take to make the process as seamless as possible. Read on dear friends.

  • Double-check in with yourself. Is this the time? Is there anything your current company could do to make you stay? If so, start considering taking that route. If there’s a lot that you like in your current role, and there’s just a few key pieces to focus on, you may want to give your company and supervisor a chance to make the change. Be aware that using ultimatums will hint to them that you’re thinking about leaving, so you may want something tangible to back anything up.
  • Find the good (and bad). Start tracking what you like about your current role, company or supervisor. Start tracking what you don’t like, and write them all down. These focal points will help you hone in your job search.
  • Drop to 90%. Job hunting is a second job, and working while looking is incredibly difficult. In order to commit to both your new job and current job, find some space to drop a bit. It may be as simple as keeping a to-do list rather than keeping it in your head. Or, reducing your water cooler time so that you can leave a bit earlier for an interview.
  • Commit to your tasks. As much as you’re dropping a bit of your energy, you don’t want to leave your current position and company in disgrace. While working, be clear about what you can complete and when, rather than letting anything slide.
  • Keep it out of the office. Starting to share that you’re thinking about leaving brews an unhappy concoction. Keep your job hunt to yourself, and keep your job hunting hours off work hours (and off your work computer). If you have some trusted advisors you can lean on them for network connections, but overall, try to keep your hunt your own personal hunt.
  • Prep for the role. Off work hours, start reading other job postings, especially ones at your own company. Identify the parts of the role that you enjoy, and language that’s used, and start to hunt for job roles that use similar language. Consider adding language to your resume that mirrors it.
  • Resume prep. To come… there’s so much out there for resumes!

Good luck!

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