Searching for a job while you’re still employed can feel daunting. It’s time-consuming. It requires stealth-like behavior and action, and it takes work. But it should also feel exciting. It’s okay to search for new opportunities if you’re unhappy and being proactive about your career trajectory positions you for a brighter future.
Hunting for a new job while on the job is attainable if done the right way. Here are seven tips to help land your dream Accounting and Finance job without sabotaging your current one.
- Keep your job search separate from your work. Never use your employer’s time or equipment, such as a company-issued laptop or cell phone, to search for a new job. Many employers monitor computers and email, and it’s an inappropriate use of company time.
- Do not hint at career changes on social media. While it may be tempting to announce on Facebook or Instagram that you are actively seeking employment, some employers monitor social profiles like they do company equipment. Also, it would be awkward if any colleagues using these platforms saw that you are looking, but that information hasn’t been shared openly at work. Instead, utilize the “Job Preferences” settings on LinkedIn, the leading professional networking platform designed to help you find new opportunities. LinkedIn has an “Open to Work” feature that allows you to select “Recruiters Only.” This discretionary feature alerts companies using recruiters that you are open to new opportunities without publicly displaying that information on your profile.
- Be smart about scheduling. Avoid scheduling interviews during office hours. You want to minimize excuses for arriving late, leaving early, or taking long lunches. Many recruiters prefer to hire candidates who are currently employed because their job skills are fresh. So oftentimes they are accommodating with interviews held earlier in the morning or later in the evening.
- Avoid using co-workers or your boss as references. While this may sound obvious, do not use your current colleagues as references. If you’ve been employed by the same company for many years, this may be tempting. It’s better to use former colleagues, mentors, coaches, and connections within professional associations and organizations. Again, prospective employers and recruiters will understand that your job search is confidential.
- Update Your LinkedIn Profile. If your resume piques the interest of potential employers or recruiters, they will check your LinkedIn profile. It’s always a best practice to keep your profile up to date. But if you need to make changes, first ensure your “Notifications” settings are turned off. This will prevent the platform from broadcasting your updates publicly. Then, make sure your current work title and job are featured and that your work history is filled out. It’s also important to update and complete the “Skills” section.
- Behave with integrity. Continue to do your best work throughout the search process. It’s easy to fixate on the new opportunities and let responsibilities slide with your current employer. However, your behavior has a direct impact on colleagues, clients, and the company. It’s critical to maintain high-quality performance, and equally important not to act prematurely. You do not have a new job until you’ve received and accepted an offer. Even then, finish strong. Complete your projects and/or work with your manager to create solid transition plans as you exit the company. You always want to remain productive with the time you have left and leave on a high note.
- Work with a recruiter. Partnering with a trusted Accounting and Finance recruiter helps you find the jobs that are best suited to your skills and expertise. A leading recruiter can also help you remain incognito as you polish your resume, update your LinkedIn profile, and prepare for interviews.