How To Look For Work While Working

Sure, you have a job. But is it your dream job?

Searching for a new job while you are currently employed can be a daunting task. After all, you want to be respectful of your current employer and not let your job search affect your work performance. However, with a little planning and organization, you can successfully navigate the job search process while still maintaining your current responsibilities.

In today’s article, we’ll review some of the key things to keep in mind when searching for work while working. Let’s take a look!

Update your resume

One of the first things you should do when searching for a new job is to make sure your resume, and LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and accurately reflects your skills and experience. There’s a good chance you haven’t done so since you started working your current position.

This is often the first place potential employers will look to learn more about you, so it’s important to make a good impression. Consider adding any new skills or achievements you’ve gained at your current job, as well as any relevant work samples or projects.

Take your networking up a notch

Next, start networking with people in your industry. Attend conferences, join professional organizations, and reach out to people in your network who may be able to help you with your job search.

Not only will this help you make valuable connections, but it will also give you the opportunity to learn more about potential job opportunities firsthand.

Don’t be loud about it

It’s also important to be discreet when searching for a new job. It can make you look bad in the eyes of your current employer, and create tension in your workplace — even if you decide to stay.

Don’t talk about your job search with colleagues or use your work email or phone to communicate with potential employers. Instead, use a personal email account and phone number for your job search, and be mindful of the times and places you discuss your search. Don’t use your time at work to search for a new job, especially when your internet activity is monitored.

Sometimes less is more

When it comes to the actual job search process, prioritize quality over quantity. Rather than applying to every job you come across, take the time to carefully review each job posting and tailor your application to the specific requirements of the job. This will not only increase your chances of getting an interview, but it will also show potential employers that you are a serious candidate.

Leverage your current job

When negotiating with recruiters, it is reasonable to discuss terms based on your current skill and experience. It’s also common to negotiate based on your current salary, as typically there are difficulties encountered with switching jobs and you want to make sure it’s worth your while.

In some cases, you may even wish to let your current employer know about your offer to see if they will offer you a raise or some kind of compensation to stay with them instead of having to hire a new employee.

Professionals get professional help

META helps professionals make changes in their career, every day — in fact, our name actually stands for “Making Employment Transitions Attainable”!

We can help you, too! Whether you’re looking to switch jobs, switch industries, or just get more information about the current state of the job market, you can book a free appointment with us to get hands-on help with all your employment goals.

Once things start getting serious…

Finally, it’s important to be prepared for the possibility of going on interviews while you are still working. Be mindful of the time you take off for interviews, and make sure to communicate with your current employer about your job search in a professional manner. If you are offered a new job, be sure to give your current employer ample notice before leaving.


In conclusion, searching for a new job while you are currently employed can be a challenging process.

However, with careful planning and discretion, you can successfully navigate the job search process and find a new job that is a better fit for you. By updating your resume and network, and being discreet and prepared during the job search process, you can increase your chances of finding a new job that is both fulfilling and rewarding!

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