You might have a good job right now. You might even be satisfied with your job and not looking for another opportunity at the moment.
Believe it or not, that means this is the perfect time to conduct a passive job search.
While that might seem counter-intuitive at first, it makes perfect sense once you think about it. When you’re actively looking for a new job, many times the reason you’re actively looking is because you don’t have one. Even if you do have one, it means that you don’t like the job you have.
Both of those scenarios bring with them a sense of desperation that can lead to poor decisions. Below are a few reasons why you should conduct a passive job search when you’re already employed:
- You’re working from a position of strength.
- You can be more selective about your options.
- You’ll ultimately make better decisions about your search.
Now that you know the reasons why you should be conducting a passive job search, how exactly should you go about it?
Now, you may experience some apprehension about conducting such a search, namely because you don’t want your current employer to find out. Specifically, you fear there might be repercussions.
With that in mind, below are three tips for conducting your passive job search:
#1—Be careful with your references.
Obviously, you want to select people who will give you a glowing reference. However, you also want to select people who you can trust. After all, this is a confidential search. If you aren’t 100% certain that the person will keep your search confidential, then do not approach them for a reference.
#2—Don’t use your employer’s resources.
Seems simple, right? Don’t use your employer’s computer or email account to conduct a job search whereby you’re hoping to work for another company, quite possible your employer’s direct competition. Sadly, people are still breaking this rule, sometimes with unfortunate consequences.
#3—Be judicious with interviews.
If you can, schedule interviews when you’re not working, either in the early morning or later in the evening. If that’s not possible, then using PTO or vacation time is an option, although it’s advisable to exercise caution when you do this. Try not to bunch your days (and your interviews) too closely together.
Now that we’ve examined the “why and how” of conducting a passive job search, we’ll address the topic of utilizing a recruiter for your passive search in our next blog post.
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