Post # 1
Exactly how risky is it to send around your resume when you already have a job?
I’m pretty ok with my job- it’s not bad or anything, but I’m just not especially passionate about it and I’m kind of frustrated with my company. I found a job posting that I’m interested in applying for, but my boss is really well connected in the industry that I want to go into and I’m concerned about losing my job if word somehow gets back to him that I’m sending my resume around or interviewing.
I’m kind of trying to figure out if it’s an acceptable risk to take.
Post # 3
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I’ve been doing this, mostly because I took the only job offer I received after six months of unemployment.
I would make a note in your cover letter about the sensitivity/discretion needed for your situation, that you’re employed but exploring other opportunities. Most savvy people won’t throw a prospective employee under the bus.
So I would try to make initial contact with a HR person – they’re unlikely to know your boss. And then see what happens from there.
Post # 4
I think its perfectly fine to look for another job. I assume that anyone viewing your resume will see that you’re currently employed and they won’t call your boss to talk about it. That’s just not professional. And upon interviewing, you can further express that you’d rather not have your current employer contacted.
Post # 5
It is fine to look for a job. If you are particularly concerned about it you can always ask the potential employers not to contact your current employer until there is an actual offer. Some employers will offer this option in their application process because some are afraid of losing their job just for looking at another.
Post # 6
Definitely be careful and make sure you ask for discretion… otherwise that could for real backfire on you. I’ve heard that you actually need to explain what you’re shopping around while you still have a job or the potential employer will think you’ll do the same to them if you have a history of job hopping.
Post # 7
I honestly admit: I have never left a job without having another job accepted/lined up. I would go crazy wondering about my job hunt if I just quit
You can always request that the current employee not be contacted or talk to your employer: a lot of people are getting second jobs in this economy so you could say a spin off of that..
I have only one employer that I was scared about, my other two, I was honest with them and told them upfront my intentions and my job hunt. Though they weren’t career worthy–more till I found something better.
Post # 8
It is a completely acceptable risk to take. The hardest part is, if you’re keeping it a secret from your current employer, arranging interviews and fielding incoming calls regarding jobs.
Just be discrete.
Post # 9
I think most employers will be discreet. They want people to apply for their open positions in the future, so even if they don’t hire you, its not in their best interest to tell your secrets.
Post # 10
I’ve done it. That’s how I got my current job! Just make sure and always check off “don’t contact my current employer” and if they ask if you’re currently working, be honest and say that your current job doesn’t know, but you’ll give them acceptable notice blah blah blah.
I think most employers expect that in this environment you would not be looking for a job if you did not already have one!
Post # 11
Thank you so much for all your comments, it’s extremely reassuring to know that employers are sensitive about this sort of thing. I’m fine with taking time off to interview or field calls, but at least I know potential employers who may know my boss probably wouldn’t be chatting it up about me!
Post # 12
I think it’s fine to do that. I’ve gone on two interviews while being employed and while I’ll admit it’s a bit scary, it’s worth it. When I sent out my resume, I made sure I put the words, “PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL” at the top of my cover letter and in the email subject line. My boss is very well connected in my city’s business community, so I was definitely nervous about it getting back to her. But it never did.
It helps if you can offer other work references, since you don’t want them to contact your current employer.