Increase your chances of finding a new job while you are still employed.
When you come to think of it, looking for a new and better job while you are still employed makes a lot of sense. You will still enjoy the financial security your current job offers and test the job market at the same time. As such, you would not be pressured to accept just any job offer that will come your way.
However, this practice is not 100% fail proof. There is no guarantee that nothing would go wrong. If you are not discreet in your job hunting efforts, it may damage your reputation in the office and ruin your career. Worse, it may even lead to your dismissal. To prevent all these from happening and to improve your chances of landing a better job, here are some tips that you may find useful.
Keep it a secret. Don't be obvious. You don't want your current boss to know that you are looking for a new job before you are ready to quit your job. You shouldn't even tell your closest friends at work about what you are doing since your boss may learn about your little secret before you are ready to quit. So, troll the jobs boards and apply for jobs after office hours, and schedule interviews during non-work hours (before or after work, during lunch or on your personal day). However, if a prospective employer wants to interview you during work hours, you should consider taking a day off.
Avoid searching for a new job while you are in the office. Most companies have tracking programs built into their computers so it would be extremely easy for a snooping employer to see the sites that you have been visiting. You shouldn't even use the company's phone line and fax for your job search.
Review your references. If you don't want your current boss to know about your plans of leaving your job, then you shouldn't list his or her name in your roster of references. Don't even use your current co-workers as references if they are not aware of your plans. Instead, consider asking some of your previous bosses and colleagues to provide references for you.
Strive to excel in your current job. Even if your enthusiasm for your current job is already waning, you should never let it affect your performance at work. In fact, you should continue to excel to show that your commitment to the company has never faltered.
Looking for a new job without leaving your current job first can be challenging. Make it work by following these few, simple tips.