Post # 1
I’ve been looking for a job for the last couple of months, however it’s a small community I work in and for the most part everyone knows everyone. Recently, two job openings came up who the CEOs where either on my organizations board of directors or we had a financial agreement. I would like to apply for these jobs, however I’m not sure how to go about it – do I send an email (I know these people, as I’ve been in contact with them several times) saying I’d like to apply but please don’t mention it to my employer?
For the record, I am not worried about getting fired if he finds out, however if I don’t get the job and have to stay, I think my job would be more difficult if he knew I was looking behind his back. If I knew I would leave in 3 months I wouldn’t have a problem letting him know, however I need a job until I have something certain lined up….
Post # 3
Normally you can put in your cover letter that you would not like them to approach your current employer unless they are making a job offer or that they need to inform you if they are going to talk to your current employer.
Post # 4
@arsing89: Thanks for the input. I’m not sure who I am sending the resume to because it’s through their electronic system. Should I also send an email to the CEO to make sure he knows and doesn’t miss it on my cover letter, or should I just not make a big deal out of it?
Post # 5
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Make sure you can apply with those companies. I know some contracts have non-compete agreements regarding employees.
If you’re in the clear then I say add a line to your resume that says something like “While I am happy with my current position I am highly motivated to build upon my career and experience with your company because…(add in relevant complimentary info.)” That way if your boss does find out, it won’t sound like you’re bad mouthing the company.
It happened to me when I took my current position because my professional community is so small. I went in for the interview and waited weeks to find out if I got the job offer. After accepting the position I didn’t evne have time to give notice to my old boss because someone had already told him I was leaving.
Post # 6
I dont think it would hurt to send an email to the CEO – especially if you know him/her. Any connection is potentially a good thing!
Post # 7
I wouldn’t make a big deal of it. Most employers understand that confidentiality is important in the job search. Whenever I’ve job searched, employers have asked me before contacting my current employer.
However, if you know the CEO personally, it’s a good idea to email him anyway and let him know that you’ve applied. The main point of the email should be a more personal cover letter asking him to consider your application. You can also mention the confidentiality issue in the email.