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Be A Stealthy Job Hunter

May 8, 2008
When it comes to looking for a new position, keeping your job search highly confidential is extremely important. Don't forget about your present job - and avoid leaking your job search news to your new employer until you actually plan to leave.

Doing this is not very easy. However, you can manage it if you follow some simple tips.

Analyze Risk Factors

If you are working on contract basis, then some employers won't be bothered by your potential job search. This is usually on a case-by-case basis, and you may find that sometime your boss may be personally offended if they find out that you are looking for a new position.

If you are unsure how your present employer will take the news, then keep your job search confidential, even if you are in a temporary or contract position. It is better to err on the side of caution.

Obscure and Secret

Your resume can get you busted - so if you're posting your resume online, don't include your business contact number or information. You should always list your home address with your home number as well as your personal mobile number. Create a separate email account for your job search and be cautious when responding to job postings - if you must apply for one that is vague in its requirements or doesn't list the employer posting the job, exercise extreme caution. You don't want to end up applying for a job with your current employer!

Never use company property like the computer or printer to conduct your job search. It may be convenient, but it is also risky and dangerous, as some companies scrutinize employee computer usage.

When you're looking for a new job, always use your personal home computer or visit an Internet cafe.

Be Careful When Revealing Information

Conducting a successful job search depends on networking and talking to lots of people. If you open up about your job search to the wrong person, then you might end up losing your present job. Also avoid disclosing your job search details to your coworkers or office friends.

Always make sure that your friends and family are aware of the fact that you're searching for a new job, so they are careful about what they say and who they say it to.

Be Honest

Interviewers and recruiters have been in the market for years, and they know about confidential job searches. So be honest about your confidential job search and they will understand your situation. There is no need to feel guilty or shy with regard to this subject.

Conducting a job search while employed is a risky game; so play it tactfully if you want to maintain financial stability while looking for a new position.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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