Career Calling

September 5, 2013

When to Keep Your Job Search Confidential

I advise everyone to network and let your friends and families know that you are looking for a new job.  There is one important exception to this advice.  If you work for a company that fires or punishes employees looking for work, you have to be careful in how you look for work and network.

One of my clients works for an organization that would demote her if it learned that she was looking for work.  Some companies will even fire employees who are seeking a “better opportunity.”  What can you do if you work at such a company?  First, limit your networking to people who you trust.  Beware of sharing your job search plans with any co-workers, clients, or vendor who might accidentally inform your boss.  Similarly, don’t post your resume on a job or change your LinkedIn profile to indicate that you are looking for work.

If your current employer is the kind that punishes or fires employees, you need to be careful about how you move forward.  However, you still need to find a way to look for something new.  The key is to talk to the right people and keep your voice low.

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