6 clever tips on how to look for a job without your boss finding out



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First of all, good for you starting the hunt for a new and exciting job

We know looking for roles can be stressful, especially when you are trying to do it in secret, so your boss doesn’t find out. While it’s not illegal or against any company policy to move on – it doesn’t look great if you get caught. Your boss will be aware that you are not entirely happy in your job, and it could lead to a trying time in your place of work. Thankfully, there are things you can do when looking for a job that could prevent your boss from finding out…

Don’t discuss it with your colleagues

Even if it’s someone in work that you really trust! When you’re looking for a new job, it’s always best to keep it close to the vest. Don’t let anyone within your office know that you are looking or interviewing. These secrets have a habit of not staying secret for too long, and it could be risky! 

Arrange interviews around your workday

This is as important now as it was when we were all in the office, you need to be smart about your interview times. Make sure you schedule these interviews around your working hours, think early morning, lunchtimes, and in the evenings. Most hiring managers will be accommodating when it comes to time management! 

Keep your LinkedIn private

Listen, this is actually pretty important. Social media, and the Internet in general, is a wild place where things can spread like wildfire. If you’re making changes and updating your page, make sure the “Notify Your Network” setting is turned off. Also, be sure to turn on “Let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities” in your privacy settings, this means recruiters will see you, but others won’t. 

Be smart with your references 

Okay this sort of goes without saying guys, but don’t list your current boss as a reference, for obvious reasons. Use former bosses or colleagues instead!

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Think about where you apply

The tech industry can sometimes be very small, so you need to be mindful of where you apply. Your boss may have close friends in other companies, so word could spread. Do your research, and if you know of any close connections, tread carefully!  

Use your own tech

If you are looking for a new job, do so using your own tech. Don’t use your work computer or work phone, just in case your company tracks your search history or call history. Likewise, if you get to the interview process, use your own devices to engage here. If you don’t have your own laptop or phone, ask a friend or family member if you can use theirs. Better safe than sorry! 

By Rebecca O’Keeffe, Content Creator, Jobbio.

Take note of the above, and you & you’ll get your dream role in no time! Oh, and be sure to keep an eye on Silicon Canals’ Jobs, for loads of exciting opportunities.

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