9 Tips on Going Incognito During Your Job Search

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

The last thing you need is for others to know what you are doing at work. Do not, I repeat Do NOT share your intent to look for another position. If you want to get fired that may very well come to light and happen sooner than you expect. No one will know if you follow these tips outlined by Robin Ryan, from Forbes.

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1. Don’t job hunt at work.

Define the time you can spend on this - lunchtime, before or after work, or on weekends. Likely that comes to about 5-7 hours per week. You don’t want to tip off coworkers that you’re on the hunt. Use your personal email and your personal cell phone if possible. Be careful who you text and who’s watching. Keep your phone on password protect and don’t let friends answer it for you or play with it.

Define your next move. Are you looking for a promotion? Is it a lateral career move or are you hoping to change careers? You need to go to Indeed to do some research identifying the next job and being clear on the title you seek.

2. Get your résumé and cover letter ready.

Take the time to create an effective résumé. Maybe you need professional help, especially if it’s been many years since you have been looking for a job. Today’s employers are looking for a very targeted résumé laced with your past results and accomplishments. Go online and read about Resume Writing and get through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Many job candidates never send a cover letter anymore. HR Managers say that if one is attached they usually read it. So to stand out, write a persuasive cover letter that outlines clearly how you can do the job. Open with a powerful first statement that explains your key strengths for doing the job. Mention skills and experience that hit the top requirements in the job listing. Always be sure your name, email and phone number are on the cover letter too.