It can be difficult to keep your new job search from your current employer discreet, and, for good reason, better to do so until your next position is secured.

We’ve compiled some tips to help you complete your job search without alerting your employer. 

Firstly, don’t defame the company. It can be tempting to share on social media or publicly, especially if you’ve had any bad feelings or disagreements, but it’s best to remain neutral and focus on the positive aspects of finding your new role.

Planning your search

Organise everything you need for your job search such as updating your CV, writing a cover letter, if it is necessary, that can be customised to each role. Update your LinkedIn profile (as long as it doesn’t compromise your current role) and use this as an online extension of your CV and organise any references you may need for a prospective employer.

Making your job search efficient

 There are various ways to make your job search efficient to help you maximise your time, such as using online job boards, using LinkedIn job search, Google Jobs, a relatively new feature, in which just googling roles will bring up an all positions from across the job boards.

Using a recruitment agency also can be a significant help in your search, especially if you’re aiming to remain discreet from your current employer. A recruitment agency can take all the leg work away and they can contact and organise interviews on your behalf whilst you’re at work.

Being Discreet

Although perhaps an easy option, searching on company computers or using company emails is probably not the most efficient means in keeping it quiet from employers, who have access to your emails and browsing history. Using a personal email address is more professional and ethical in your search, along with your personal contact number. Aim to keep your search quiet from colleagues or management until your next position is confirmed, that way you can share the information when it is concrete, and you have something lined up to move on to.

Scheduling Interviews

Scheduling interviews can be the best sign to a boss that you’re looking to move roles. So how do you organise them whilst working full time without your employer knowing?

Most roles will have a phone interview initially, so it is better to plan these during lunchtimes if you have enough time to do so, as they can usually take up to an hour, or after work, away from the office.

Interviews that you need to attend can be trickier for varying factors, such as scheduling enough time to prepare, travel to and from and completing the interview itself. You don’t want to organise it during the mid-day if it means you will be away from work for a considerable amount of time.

Organising them early in the morning or later in the afternoon can be easier to explain to your employer. Or if you have the days to do so, using vacation time to schedule multiple interviews in one day can be another efficient means to give yourself time to prepare, travel and attend various interviews.

What to wear?

Another tell-tale sign is having to change your clothes for an interview, if you walk into the office wearing a suit when the dress code is usually casual, it will obviously be a giveaway. Changing outside of work before the interview is inconvenient but better if you want to remain quiet about your job search.

When to give notice?

It is usually recommended that you don’t give your notice until you have a firm and conclusive job offer that has been accepted, complete with a start date and your references being checked. As companies may retract a job offer and you don’t want to find yourself with a handed in resignation and no job to move too. Hand in your notice based on the time in your contract.

Using a recruitment agency is a great way to organise and manage your job hunt whilst ensuring your current employer is unaware. Agencies can cover all the leg work, the organisation and the communication between you and an employer, whilst offering support and advice on how to manage your current working situation effectively so your search is seamless, and you leave on good terms.