Originally Published: Tuesday, 11 April 2000 Author: Mark Nowlin
Published to: interact_articles_jobs_djn/Dream Jobs Now! Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Covert Operations

You may be somewhat satisfied with your job, but you often wonder if there is anything better out there. Periodically, you may have sent your resume out to a select few places, in an attempt to put your "feelers" about.

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You may be somewhat satisfied with your job, but you often wonder if there is anything better out there. Periodically, you may have sent your resume out to a select few places, in an attempt to put your "feelers" about.

Today, you receive a call. One of the places that you just knew would never call does. It is a recruiter from your dream company! However, you are at work right now, and several co-workers are playing gopher peering over there cubes into yours'. A little covertness will be required to keep everyone in the office from knowing that you are going through the first steps of gaining a new employer.

In this scenario, you are at work, so you should politely let the recruiter know your situation, and ask if you can call them back on your next break. This will not only keep you from getting yourself into trouble with your current employer, but it also will make you look favorable in the eyes of the recruiter. At your next break, whether it be a lunch or smoke break, grab your cell phone and head off to your car or some place without prying ears, and return the call. The recruiter will understand your need for discretion in this situation, so don't think this will hurt your chances for employment. Not everyone has a cellular telephone, so you may have to either wait until you get home from work, or use a pay phone to make your call.

If you are lucky enough to get an interview lined up, be mindful of your schedule. Playing hooky from work isn't a nice thing to do, so if you choose to do so, you had better be sure you don't let your prospective employer know that you did. The best way to set up an interview is to take a vacation day or personal time off. It might seem like a potential waste of vacation time, but if you are getting a new job anyway, what difference will it make? You'll lose that vacation fairly soon anyway. You might be able to convince your future employer to reimburse you for this vacation day, as part of your hire-on package.

Of course, if the company does present you with an offer letter you should take the proper steps to quit your existing job. You should give at least a 2 week notice of departure once your offer letter is signed. This will not only keep you on good terms with your existing employer, but it will make your future one see that you are a responsible employee. Also make an effort to thoroughly document the repeatable things that you do at work to make it easy for a new person to transition into your old position. (see Back to The Future for more information on amicable departures.)

Keeping your job search a secret isn't the easiest thing to do if you are contacted at your current job, but it isn't impossible.

-Mark Nowlin is a Technical Solutions Consultant for Sprint Enterprise Network Services in Fort Worth, Texas USA. The views, information and opinions provided in this article are expressed and held solely by the author. Neither Sprint Enterprise Network Services nor Sprint Corporation or any of its affiliates assume any responsibility for any opinion or statement of fact presented in this article.





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