I'm hoping there are some of you guys out there that can relate to my experiences and I want to share with you some tips on how to go about looking for a job when you already have a (seemingly) perfectly good one already.
- Network, network, network!: This seems pretty obvious but it's actually more underrated than people realize. It isn't always about going to networking events, it's about forming real relationships with people who can potentially help you and that won't always happen at a formal event with thousands of people who are desperate for jobs. I actually was encouraged to apply for my current job through an informal Sunday brunch with a friend. There's always someone somewhere who's hiring and for the most part, people will want to help you if they can. Check the company's LinkedIn page and see if you have any first or second degree connections with any of their employees. If there's an opening at a place your friend works at, ask if they can refer you!
- Interview during your own time: When I managed to snag an interview with a prospective employer, I made sure to use the vacation time I had. Interviewing and searching for jobs on your current employer's dime is just bad form and as tempting it is to google search "jobs," it's just not worth the potential disaster that may occur if you get caught. Just don't do it. Try not to use sick leave either (because that would be lying, which again, is just bad form). If possible, try to schedule interviews and even phone interviews during your lunch break.
- Stay mum on social media: Do not, I repeat, do not advertise on social media that you're looking for a job - especially if you're friends with your boss or your coworkers on these platforms! It's tempting to complain and rant. It's tempting to ask your friends on social media to help with the job search. Don't do it. Trust me, word gets around and it's only going to be uncomfortable if you can't find a new job quickly.
- Treat it like dating: The best advice I got about looking for jobs is to treat it like dating and know your worth. If you have a job already, you are absolutely in one of the best positions to be picky! Don't just take the first job that comes around just because you want to leave where you are. You wouldn't commit to the first guy or girl that asks you out without figuring out if it will be the best fit for you, would you? Same thing with jobs! You can afford to be selective so make sure you use that to your advantage.
Have any of you been in a similar position? What are some of your tips