Do’s and don’ts:
If you are currently working, Don’t let anyone know you’re even thinking about making a change if you don’t want it to get back to your boss! That means anyone and everyone, your best friends, your most trusted confidants, your potential references, everyone! Even those you trust the most can make a slip of the tongue. After the word gets out you’ve totally lost control.
But at the same time you want to look and utilize LinkedIn and other on-line resources. So what should you do? How do you control exposure?
For starters, Do clean up your social media act. Hiring authorities will check you out. It’s not a question of ‘if’, but ‘when’. Be conservative. Delete everything that could potentially hurt your chances of getting an interview. Language, pictures, biases, anything at all that might make a company think twice about hiring you or even interviewing you could hurt your chances. With ‘squeaky-clean’ candidates available to them, why should they take a chance on you? They don’t need people who have an alcohol or addiction problem. They don’t need people whose language may upset others in their workplace. They do need people who are stable, reliable and productive.
Do create a strong LinkedIn profile, one that simply represents you in a desirable way without indicating you are seeking a new job. Your boss may be on LinkedIn as well. You may find other people in your company, some already linked to each other. They probably don’t tell each other they’re looking though. Use LinkedIn as a research and connections resource to identify people in companies you may be interested in. But don’t ask for a job; you’re objective should be to offer help to others and seek information about the companies and hiring managers.
If you want to post something on a LinkedIn jobs group, do so, just avoid saying you’re searching. People who can help will read your profile, see that you’re currently working and simply try to connect with you. That way you have an opportunity to look at their profile and decide to connect or not. You are in control at that point.
In the end, if your boss finds out you are looking, it could hurt you or help you, but which would it be? Are you sure you know? If you’re certain it will help if he/she knows, ignore everything I’ve said and go tell him/her your intentions! I’ll wait for your call for help if you need it.
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