(Closed) Applying for a job when you already have one

posted 10 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

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
3997 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
4566 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

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
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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 # 12
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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.

Good luck!

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