Keeping Your Job Search Private

In the age of the Internet, keeping your job search private is a huge challenge. How can you search for a job without letting your current employer know that you are ready for a change?

That's not an easy question to answer, especially when somewhere around 25% of employers admit to reading and/or monitoring employee email messages. You cannot assume that your boss isn't one of those 25%. Also, some companies even have a "snitch" policy whereby a co-worker can turn you in if they catch wind of your job search.

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Lesson number one: Do not use your company email account to send personal email messages. To take that a step further, absolutely do not send any email to a prospective employer from your current employer's email account. Not only could you be found out, but the prospective employer will find it in bad taste, too.

Lesson number two: The same really holds true for personal phone calls. Eliminate or at least minimize personal phone calls when you are working. Do not make phone calls to prospective employers if you are at work. If you need to make a call, tell whomever you need to (co-worker or supervisor) that you are taking a quick break (or make the phone call on your lunch break) and make the call on your cell phone – outside of the building.

Even if you take these precautions, you still have to deal with the whole resume issue. Is your resume safe on-line? While most resume databases have some checks and balances in place, there are some that are "open" and anyone can access the information you post. Yes, that means your current employer can search for you, by name, and see if you are in any given database searching for a new job.

Have you posted your resume on MySpace or any other social web sites? You can forget about keeping your job search private if you use a web site like that to show off your job qualifications.

If you want to be serious about a job search, you have to take serious measures to ensure the right people have access to your personal information. It is enough of a challenge to keep some employers out of your personal life without postings on social web sites working against you.

Your Privacy is Important

Your privacy is important, especially when you are trying to find a new job. Be careful about what you do and what you say. Anyone who watches, listens or reads your words can rat you out. It doesn't matter WHY people do such things. It just happens. You have to guard against it by making sure you are cautious and diligent in your efforts to contact prospective employers.

Keeping your job search private is not an easy task, but consider what you have read here and strive to maintain a confidential demeanor.

If you are serious about Keeping Your Job Search Private, you will also want to read this article on Resumes and Personal Web Pages

Another great article titled, "What You Need to Know About a Hiring Manager" can be found by clicking on this link

Here is an article about Professional Conduct which also might be of benefit

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