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April 28, 2005
Covering Your Tracks When Looking for Another Job
 
Almost all employment experts agree that it is advantageous to search for a new job while still currently employed.

It offers a variety of advantages as an applicant that those who are currently unemployed are not privy to. You are able to be more selective in the job search process, you have more leverage in the salary and benefit negotiations, and you are able to relax more during stressful interviews with potential new employers.

The tricky part of the situation is avoiding the backlash that can be involved when you are searching for a new position without informing your current employer.

Potential Backlash
One of the dangers of searching for a new job while you are still employed in your current position is the possibility of your co-workers or supervisors finding out.

This can cause a lot of negative feelings depending on how well they take the news. Immediate supervisors can easily perceive this situation as a lack of loyalty on your part and take it very personally. This can also lead to a situation in which they are looking to push you out of the important decision making processes that your current position would normally place you in.

In the worst-case scenario, your current company decides that they are able to let you go before you are able to secure the new position that you desire.

So how do you go about covering your tracks while you are looking for another job?

Why Covering Your Tracks is Important
The idea of covering your tracks while you are looking for a new employment opportunity makes the whole idea seem a little bit suspect and not very respectable.

You are not doing anything wrong unless you are leading on your current employer by taking on long-term projects or responsibilities without the intent of seeing them through.

The reason that you are looking to cover your tracks is to maintain a good working relationship with your peers and your employers through the end of your working situation with your current company.

Finding a New Position
While you are searching for a new position you will probably be in contact with other potential employers or recruiters.

It is important to use a personal email account and telephone number for these sorts of communications. It is a very simple mistake to provide your monitored company email account and then have a supervisor or someone in the IT department come across these communications, which can cause unwanted questions to arise.

If you need to meet with these people in person be sure to schedule it at a time when it will not be interrupting your current work. Lunch meetings or meetings scheduled outside of your work schedule would be best; however, if you absolutely need to, consider taking a personal day in order to meet with other potential employers so that you are not slipping in and out of the office suspiciously.

Being Discreet
It is important to be discreet in your communications until you have secured a new work situation for yourself going forward.

At this point it is considered proper etiquette to give your current company a certain amount of notice that you will be resigning your position so that they are able to accommodate appropriately.

Once you have given your notice, it can still be beneficial to remain discreet through the end of your time with your current company. Try to maintain a good relationship with your current coworkers because you never know whether or not you will be in a situation in the future in which they can help you.

As long as you remain on good terms with as many people as possible, feel free to enjoy your new position and look forward to a bright future with your new company.

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Thomas Verdone is an author who covers a wide range of topics, including finance, fitness, personal development, Bluegreen Resorts and spokeo.com.
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