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Confidential Job Hunting

Confidential The last thing in the world you want to happen is your current boss getting to know that you are searching for a new job. Employers normally do support career development, but only within their own company. Here are some useful tips of how to avoid the awkward situation when you have to explain why you are going for job interviews and, basically, considering a job change.

Never involve company facilities usage into your job search.

This includes phone line, Internet, fax, and computer. Many employers monitor Internet usage and check phone logs. It is also not secure to store your resume and cover letter, job applications, references from former employers and correspondence with potential ones, - somebody can just come across with them accidentally and, believe me, will get very suspicious.

Never use your business email address for this purpose.

You might think that it looks more professional, when the email address on your resume contains the name of your company, but you are not quite right. First, you destroy the idea of confidential job search, letting everybody know who you are. Second, in many companies business email address usage is prohibited for personal purposes, and your employer might be reviewing the external email traffic, and might quite easily discover that you are job hunting. You should rather use a personal email account or set up a free of charge mailbox at, for example.

Never tell your colleagues about your career plans.

You might be sure that your co-worker can keep your secret and will never let you down, telling somebody else that you are looking for another job. However, you can be sure that if you tell just one person, they will tell about it to another colleague of yours. And soon enough the roomers will knock at your boss’ office door. Be discreet and avoid topics related to career growth – you might be not able to fight the temptation of sharing your excitement with the others.

Use your time wisely.

Of course you can use weekends and after-work time to search for a suitable position, but you should also make sure that your lunch time is not just passing by chatting with your friend on the phone. Go to an internet café to check your personal email and job offers online; take you laptop with you if there is a wireless network in range; schedule interviews for your lunch break. However, in case you wear casual clothes to work, do not dress up in a business suit – it will look strange and your co-workers might start wondering what is the reason of you wearing smart clothes. You do not want them to come up with some brilliant ideas.

Good luck!

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