How to apply for another job and not get caught by your current employer

Published July 31, 2021, 1:00 PM

by Marie Buenaventura

Even when you’re about to quit, you are expected to—and should—be professional

You’ve probably heard of the phrase, “Change is the only thing constant in this world.” This is very applicable in your career, whether it’s growth and change in your current company, or if you decide that it’s time to shift to another company or career that’s better for you.

Let’s talk more about this career change.

Opportunities and career changes can come at any point in your work life. It may come after you’ve decided to resign and move on, or it may come while you’re still employed. There’s nothing wrong with applying for another job while you’re still employed. Also, because of their own personal reasons, some people prefer to keep the process to themselves first.

So how do you keep this little venture from your company’s human resources department or your boss? Read on to find out how you can keep it to yourself in the meantime.

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Don’t let it affect your output

Be professional about it. Leaving early or coming in late gives the impression that you’re not as passionate or dedicated to your current post as you once were. Besides, you’re still hired and paid, so it’s only fair that you perform. Be fair to your current employer even if you have plans of leaving.

Don’t post or talk about it

The first rule of not getting caught? Be quiet about it. Don’t tell your fellow employees about it and don’t post your intentions on social media or job boards. Remember that employers “following you” on social media doesn’t stop at the application process.

Although keeping your plans to yourself is your right, it is also your employer’s right to ask you to remain professional while you’re still employed by them.

Don’t schedule interviews during work hours

Not only is this a giveaway, but it’s unprofessional as well! Things like taking a long lunch or break will not only annoy your boss, it will also make them suspect that something’s up.

Remember that although keeping your plans to yourself is your right, it is also your employer’s right to ask you to remain professional while you’re still employed by them.

Don’t let your outfit give it away

Suddenly showing up looking like you’re about to put your best foot forward is also another thing that makes people in the office suspect a job hunt. It’s such a giveaway that people dressing up in the office has earned the staple office joke of “May interview ka (are you up for a job interview)?”  If you must dress a certain way, change outside the office.

Good luck on your job search! Again, remember to remain professional, quiet, and consistent.

 
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