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Keep Your Job Search Secret

When searching for a new job, you may feel like letting everyone in the world know that you’re available and ready for a change. Everyone in the world, that is, except your current employer. The scenario has played out for many professionals in the past. They are fed up with their current jobs and on the hunt for a new one until all of a sudden their employer finds out. Just like that, job security is a thing of the past and the job search becomes more urgent than ever. There is nothing wrong with finding a new position if you’re unhappy in the one you have. But there are ways to do so quietly without drawing attention to your intentions.

No Company Email

This may seem like a no-brainer, but avoid using company email, phone or messaging systems for your job search. There is an information technology professional overseeing all of your company systems, and finding any evidence of your job search is as simple as performing a basic search of your correspondence or Internet history.

Using your company’s equipment is only half the problem. You also don’t want to be caught using company time to conduct your search. This can make you seem sneaky and unethical, so keep your efforts outside of the workspace.

Network Wisely

It may be difficult to network within your office or even your industry if you work in a specialized one, but using your trusted sources can be a great way to find a new position. According to data reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking. But networking with the wrong people can land you in hot water with your boss. The key is starting with only the people you trust the most. They will hopefully keep your secret while also introducing you to someone who could open new career doors for you.


You also can use discretion by letting prospective employers know that your job search is confidential. Place a watermark on your resume or in the email subject line that reads “confidential.” Address your situation in your cover letter, as well. Add a line that encourages respect for your wishes to remain confidential and let them know you appreciate their cooperation.

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