1. Say It’s Confidential
In communicating with prospective employers or recruiters, mention that you are conducting a “confidential” job search. You can use a phrase such as “I am contacting you in confidence about this position” on your cover letter or in other correspondence. Keep in mind, however, that prospective employers are under no obligation to respect your wishes.
2. Safeguard Your References…(and attire)?
Providing job references is also likely to be an issue. Even if you’ve told the prospective employer that your current firm/organization doesn’t know that you’re looking, you may still want to mention that you do not want them to contact your current employer for a reference until they are ready to extend a job offer (so as not to jeopardize your current position). In this situation, you will need to provide several references outside of your firm/organization who can speak to your credentials and expertise.
How you dress during your job search can also be tricky. If you work in a “casual” workplace, wearing “interview attire” to work can be a red flag that something is up. You may want to change into your more formal clothes before an interview (don’t change at work) — or schedule job interviews on a day when you’re not working.
3. Don’t Be A Blind-Dater
Be careful when replying to blind advertisements (ones that do not provide a name for the prospective employer). More than one jobseeker has accidentally submitted a résumé to his or her current employer this way…yikes!
Like these tips? I’ve got more on…
How Not To Get Noticed On LinkedIn (including screenshots)
Other “Do’s” And “Don’ts” For A Confidential Job Search
Writing And Structuring Your Resignation Letter
What To Do If Your Current Employer Wants You To Stay
…so check out my latest guide, How To Look For A Job While You Still Have One, Then Leave Gracefully
This article was originally posted on AWAL!