There should be an image here!Many people are employed but still looking for other opportunities. The challenge is if your current boss gets wind of it, he or she may prematurely start looking for your replacement or worse yet, make your life miserable. So what do you do if you’re looking for a new job but don’t want your current boss to find out? Here are a few things you can do to keep your job search under the radar.

  • Don’t suddenly change your appearance in preparation for an interview. If you wear casual clothes to work each day, showing up in business attire, such as a suit, is a sure way to look conspicuous. Instead, pack a change of clothes for your interview and make arrangements to change once you leave your current workplace.
  • Avoid talking to potential employers at your desk. Instead, use your personal cell phone. Furthermore, avoid using your current work computer to 1) search for potential jobs and 2) communicate with potential employers.
  • Don’t use resources within your current work environment to prepare for an interview. This includes printers and photo copiers. You never know who may beat you to the printer or inadvertently pick up your resume at the copier.
  • If possible, schedule any interviews first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. The less work disruption, the less likely anyone is to question your whereabouts.
  • Be particularly careful if you are interviewing with an employer who is also a client of your current employer. You never know who you may run into.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]