If you dread going to work every day, you’re definitely not alone. According to a Yoh survey, half of adults would leave their current job for better benefits, and 42 percent said they’d quit for a job with more flexible option.
But how can you do this while you’re still employed? You can’t exactly ask for time off to go on interviews, especially after you just signed a lease on that new 2019 Mazda Miata.
It’s true that it’s easier to apply an interview when you’re unemployed. But in addition to the financial risks, most employers also find employed candidates more appealing.
So, if you’re having a bad day at your current job. Sit tight. Don’t give your notice just yet. Follow these tips for securing better-paying job, and your boss will never know you’ve been looking.
Update your resume
Update your resume with all your accomplishments from your current job. Be as specific as possible but try not to embellish anything. Potential employers can’t call your current job for references or fact-checking, but they may know someone else who can provide some insight. For example, maybe they know someone who has worked with you at this job in the past. Honesty really is the best policy, especially when it comes to verifiable facts.
It’s important to be discreet when you’re employed and looking for a new job. So, start by asking around. If you have friends or family members who can recommend a job, that would be ideal. Next, consider reaching out to ex-employees of your current job. They are likely to have jobs at similar companies (maybe even competitors), and they can alert you to any openings.
Find new references
You probably already know not to put your current boss down as a reference. But it’s also a good idea to avoid listing coworkers. Not only does it leave room for them to snitch, but it puts them in a bit of an awkward position as they keep your secret. If possible, use references from people who are not currently associated with the company you work for.
Update your LinkedIn profile
Many potential employers check LinkedIn to review your job history and connections. But most employees only update their profiles with major events. So, turn off notifications and add your current work experience, if it’s not already listed. If you forget to turn off notifications, your boss could get the memo that you’re updating your profile. This isn’t a surefire sign that you’re looking for a new job, but it’s probably enough to get him or her suspicious.
Avoid resume boards
Employers often look for job candidates through employment sites like Indeed or Monster, and your employer is no exception. That’s why you should never post your resume publicly while you’re employed.
If this is your first time finding a better job while employed, try not to stress. With the right strategy, your employer will only know you’re looking after you tell them.