5 Reason to Keep your Job Search Confidential

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Working at a senior position does not guarantee satisfaction- hence, unhappy at work, you start looking for a new job. Unfortunately, your current employer finds out and just like that – you lose your present job security as well.

A woe very similar to many employees world-wide, we quote one- “My boss called me from New York and told me that he was aware of the fact that I was exploring opportunities elsewhere. I had to do some quick thinking to explain myself, but I knew the damage had already been done. I wasn’t fired, but gradually I was pulled out from crucial projects. The news spread like wildfire in the office and left me with no option but to shift my job search efforts into a higher gear. It didn’t matter that I had given five years of service to this company – I was no longer a trusted employee.”

As most companies begin to monitor the web interactions of their employees on job search portals and social and professional networking sites, keep your job search discreet with these tips:

1. Look for Work from Outside of Work

It’s surprising how many people search for a new job from work! You may have little free time during the week, but it’s unwise to use company resources or your office computer to pursue your job search. Keep aside a specific slot every day/week to manage your search from home. Also, always keep your resume on a personal computer or use free cloud storage services.

2. Don’t Post your Resume Till you Check Confidentiality Protocols

Most job search portals let you block your current employer, but that is of little help when your HR Head logs in with an alternative Email ID. It’s better to mask key information from all employers instead – such as your name/ email ID – and display just a snapshot of your profile. If yours is among a handful of senior roles and even a hint of your designation and industry can point towards you, mask your profile completely. This acts as a 1-way mirror and lets you search jobs while staying invisible.

3. Update your Social Profile Discreetly

You want to update your profile but don’t want your current employer or colleagues to notice the stepped up activity on your social profile and wonder where it is coming from. Most networking websites let you conceal the activity on your profile from your connections. Change the privacy settings or even restrict particular connections from viewing your activity.

4. Watch What you are Saying on Social Media

At times we overlook that our colleagues/ bosses/ stakeholders might be on the watch. Not only should you conduct yourself with the highest standards of professionalism, don’t take your job search public. That includes liking a sought after job, intentionally or by mistake, posting open queries to recruitment consultants on whether they have a job for you or putting up an “I am interested.” comment in response to a job post.

5. Check your Online Profile for Giveaway Phrases

Many employers are actively searching for profiles on HeadHonchos.com. They could include your HR team. HR teams test-search names of key employees or come across employee profiles when searching and they are the first to give a heads-up to your boss about your intentions. Check your profile and get rid of obvious giveaways that signal your dissatisfaction. Craft your profile headline with care: we’ve seen headlines like “actively seeking employment” or other such phrases.

Senior-level executives reach where they are because of a combination of high personal ambition and the ability to carry out responsibilities with integrity. Their job search needs them to exercise similar skills, balancing their personal interests with professionalism and decorum. Happy searching!

Rahul Malhotra
Rahul is the Co-Founder and CEO at HeadHonchos.
He has close to 14 years of experience across the executive search, recruitment, retail and internet verticals. One of the first to come on board, he holds an MBA degree from IMI, Belgium and a Diploma in Information Technology from Swinburne, Australia

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