Why we look for a job when you have a job
First reason, the employer is not your friend, you never now what happens (job layoff rumors) and throws you planned life in deep disarray. Second reason, if you find out your skills are in demand (or that you have outgrown your job, you want up), it will be foolhardy not to get the money for your skills.
Moreover, you should always look for what skills are in demand in your industry (read industry blogs, go through job postings related to your industry, see what's new), and learn up on those skills, and work for those who pay top dollar, so to speak.
Last reason to look for a job when you have a job: Be prepared. Even if your current employment is safe, other circumstances might turn up (for example, you have to move to another town) forcing you to change, and good jobs aren't always available on tap.
How to keep your job search secret
- Start with a honest and complete analysis of what you're good at and what you love to do. Then check the job market in your niche for the new opportunities. Consult trusted friends and family.
- Search inside your company for better opportunities first.
- Do not talk about your 'new project' in social media or email or anything. If you think a colleague may know about opportunities outside, think thrice before you share your restlessness. Better to frame your request by suggesting you are always curious about other exciting things people are doing in your niche. Don't sound desperate.
- Should you tell your boss you're looking? You will need references for the new job. Tell the boss after you have some confirmation about the next job, and have a frank discussion- don't whine about what you didn't like at the job, just that a better exciting opportunity came up in your niche which fitted your ambitions for your career. Maybe, a well meaning boss will point out an opening inside the current company, which suits your plans. Whatever happens, be a professional and be honest. But wait for the offer before you talk.
- Do the Interviews on leaves: Many of us are tempted to come late, or leave early and go for the interview. It is all very unprofessional.
- Who can give references while you are interviewing: Not you boss. But a trusted colleagues, or colleagues from past jobs are your best bet.
- Most of the counteroffers from present employers may be vague promises: Verify. Get the details in writing. In reality, many people who take the counteroffer leave for some reason anyway. It is a personal thing.
- Follow the protocol: Serve the previously agreed upon notice period. If they want you to prepare and handle a detailed handover, do all that. Be a professional and leave on good terms. Don't burn your bridges behind.
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