If you don't want your employer to find out you are looking for a new job, don't be stupid. Using common sense in your job search is paramount to keeping your quest undercover.
There are a myriad of things you can do to help guarantee your employer doesn't find out you're looking to make a move. These are just a few:
2. Just say no: We've all looked at the interview question, "May we contact your current employer?" and thought Sure, why not? I have nothing to hide. While that may be true, there are overzealous companies that may contact your employer before you actually receive a job offer. Always answer no to this question with an explanation such as, "May be contacted upon offer of employment."
3. Keep your mouth shut: Even if you have reached the point of agony in your current job, hate your boss, think your salary is lousy, or anything in-between, don't start sounding the exit alarms to your co-workers. While you may think that they have your back, chances are, much like Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, you may have a leak on your team.
4. Avoid electronic temptation: While at work, your computer, e-mail, telephone, and fax still belong to your employer. Anything you do with this hardware or software is monitored by your company. Many companies monitor e-mail accounts and files for a whole host of reasons. Violations of related company policies may result in corrective action up to and including termination, which can make your job search that much more cumbersome.
Can you think of a time when you failed to use common sense in your job search? What was the outcome?
Robert Petti is the Founder and CEO of Resoomay, a cloud-based pre-screening tool that improves the job search process for recruiters and applicants. Connect with him and Resoomay on Facebook and Twitter.