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14 Keys to Keeping Your Job Search Confidential

Ensure your boss doesn’t learn about your job search until you’re ready to disclose it by paying attention to these key actions:

  1. Keep your own confidence. To conduct an effective job search, you will need to talk with people about it. Let them know the information is confidential. Be especially careful about telling anyone at work who might accidentally let your secret out.

  2. Tell recruiters your search is confidential. Ask recruiters to inform you before they submit you to a company as a candidate. You must keep an open dialogue with your recruiter.

  3. Ask your prospective employer to keep your job search in confidence. Most people take this for granted – and shouldn’t. If your secret isn’t kept, you have just learned a great deal of information about that company.

  4. Develop a confidential version of your resume. Replace your name with “Confidential Candidate” at the top. Let your recruiter handle the communication prior to your interview.

  5. Maintain or expand your efforts and work style while you conduct your job search. Companies want an employee committed to their job, not their job search.

  6. Pass up job fairs. Your company may not be listed as a participant, but your boss or a colleague might be there scouting for candidates. Some job fairs collect resumes and distribute them to all participating companies who can then use the list to identify current employees looking for new jobs.

  7. Don’t respond to “blind ads” in which the name of the company is not given. You never know if its your own company looking for new candidates.

  8. Conduct your search from home. Don’t use your company time, phone, computer, wi-fi, or email address for your job search. Don’t store, print, or copy your resume on your work computer. Don’t use current colleagues or management as references.

  9. If you’re going to apply online, apply directly on the company web site. Don’t post your resume online. It may be found by someone at your current company, and resumes posted publicly stay out there forever.

  10. Schedule interviews on your day off, before work, during lunch, or after work rather than during regular work hours.

  11. Keep your social media posts personal. Don’t post about your job search or being dissatisfied with your job no matter how secure you think your privacy settings are.

  12. If you don’t characteristically attend lots of networking events, start gradually. If you do attend, volunteer to help at the registration desk. It’s a good way to meet everyone without looking like you’re trying to meet everyone.

  13. If your boss confronts you about your job search, own up to it. Be honest, use the opportunity to talk about what you want, and re-double your job search efforts.

  14. Seek to be found. Look for opportunities to write, speak, volunteer, and advise. Make sure you have a complete and attractive LinkedIn profile. Connect with the right people, and opportunities will find you.

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Eric Palmer