4 Tips for a Confidential Job Search

A new year means new opportunities and maybe even a hunt for a new job. With the holidays behind you, it’s time to put your nose to the grindstone to find that perfect employment. But what if you don’t want anyone to know you’re looking? What if you’re still employed, and would like to remain that way until you find something new and better? Here are four tips on how to perform a confidential job search.

1. Be careful who you tell.

If you decide to tell anyone you’re looking for a new job, make sure they’re someone you can trust—not anyone who loves to chat around the water cooler. You don’t want to tell the wrong person, and you definitely don’t want the wrong person to hear of your plans. Keep the news between yourself and one or two close friends.

2. Let recruiters know you’re conducting a confidential job search.

Ask your recruiter to inform you before you are submitted as a potential candidate to a company. It truly is a small world after all, and any possible new employer might not think twice about contacting your current employer to ask questions.

3. Tell your prospective employer you are conducting a job search in confidence.

The best time to do this is during your interview by being upfront and honest. However, you’ll also want to be sure not to list any current co-workers or supervisors as references.

4. Set up a free (“generic”) Gmail account.

Keep all your emails regarding your new job search as protected as they can be. Open a new Gmail account and use that dedicated email address as your contact information upon applying. Do not include your name in your new address, but don’t choose a “cutesy” name, either. This will help you avoid any over-the-shoulder lookie-loos who might catch a glimpse of your inbox while also presenting a professional image to any potential employer.

By utilizing these tips, you’ll safeguard your confidential job search and ensure no one will know you’re keeping one eye open on the job front while continuing to show up to your nine to five.

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