It can be a little tricky job hunting when you are already employed, but the research suggests that the most desirable candidates are those that are already in a full-time job. So, how do you go about searching for a new job without jeopardising the one that you already have? Here are our five tips for those of you who are job hunting when you are already employed.

Job hunting tips when you are already employed

Find the time to search

You will have to dedicate some of your time to the job search because it is a pretty crappy thing to do during your working hours. While you are still being paid by your current employer, don’t spend time on their computers researching new roles. Plus, you’ll probably give the game away that you are looking for something else. Recruiters are working the same hours as you, so if you need to take a call or answer an email, wait until your break and don’t ever use your current work address to communicate with a recruitment agency or new employer.

Everything can be done online now, so you can look at jobs boards, apps, LinkedIn and other sites in your own time and outside of working hours.

When updating your LinkedIn profile, it is worth turning off your notifications so that your current colleagues cannot see you making changes and don’t change your status to ‘looking for a new job’.

When you post your CV onto all the various jobs boards, remember that you will initially be inundated with calls from recruitment agencies so either turn your phone off during working hours or at least put it on vibrate!

When do you go for an interview? 

Good question. Before or after work, or during your lunch break. If your new employer is insistent that you interview during your working hours, you could take a personal day or vacation. If you have flexible working hours, now is the time to use them.

To tell or not to tell

Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend telling your current boss that you are looking for a new job. Even if they are aware that you are unhappy in your role things will be different between the two of you. Sometimes job hunting doesn’t lead anywhere, or it takes forever so best to keep the search to yourself until you are sure you are leaving (when you have a firm offer from your new employer). I also would suggest that you do not tell your colleagues – you might be the best of buddies, but why share something that is going to affect your personal life and money situation negatively if word gets back to your Executive?

Who should you ask for references? 

You can ask a past employer to provide references (that isn’t your current one), or you can ask someone that is an old work colleague or someone high standing in your community or someone that knows you well and can sing your praises (not your mum). Your references do not have to come from your current employer.

What to wear for the interview? 

How many times have you dressed up for work and someone has said “going for an interview?”  Ha Ha… Anyway, best to change into your interview outfit once you’ve left the office. Or switch back into your regular office clothes after the interview, especially if you usually wear casual stuff to work.

My last piece of advice would be this. Don’t check out of work once you decide that you are going to look for a new job. Job hunting can take a while and if you go into work every day with a ‘couldn’t care less’ attitude you will be sussed out straight away and remember you’ll need these people to give you a reference in the future. So, be on your best behaviour until the day you leave!

Helping you with your Assistant job hunting

We have a few resources on Practically Perfect PA for Personal Assistants who are job hunting. We have a great CV template, a covering letter example and a whole eBook on preparing for Perfect PA role.

Job hunting when you are already employed