Looking For a Job When You Already Have One

As some of you may remember, I left my old job I was with in August to start working somewhere that was more up my alley. One of the questions that came up during the interviewing process was "If you already have a job, why are you applying for this position?" It's a good question, and at the very least it's a fair question. I linked above to a post back in September detailing that I was quite unhappy in my previous position and was experiencing burnout. I want to state for the record that the association I was working at is a very fine place to work and I loved all my co-workers and my former boss (I'm still in touch with them, in fact! We text each other often even now!). I had to leave, however, because of a conversation I couldn't stop thinking of: On my first day of work at my old job, my boss told me that she had been at that association for 30 years and that that place "was her calling." The longer I stayed, the more I felt that that place wasn't my calling and I wanted to be somewhere that was my calling.
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 

3 comments

  1. Very good tips! I'm in the midst of looking for a job, but I don't have anything full-time, so it's a bit different. That said, I left my job because there were people that had been in the role for 20-30 years and I was tired of it after 3.

    Just like dating, you shouldn't ever settle!

    Jackie
    Something About That

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  2. These are really good tips, especially the social media one. I've been in this situation (with Part-time jobs, but still!) and social media was something I avoided like the plague. In addition, it helped me get into the habit of being limiting with what I share online. Funny to write that because I vlog and upload for the world to see, but there are things that I want to keep to myself and that is why my Twitter is always so quiet!! Little "peeps" instead of "tweets".... LOL. I also like your idea of treating this as dating!!

    Much Love!!
    -Stephanie Eva

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  3. Such great tips! I think the social media one is the best one, a lot of people overshare on that (and not just about job hunting!)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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