In some cases, the only thing worse than a job you hate is no job at all. So, if you’re not in the position to walk away from your current job while you’re looking to go someplace else, you’ll want to keep your job search on the down low. Here are some tips for doing that.
I know this one is tricky for many people. It’s hard to keep something like a job search from coming up in conversation when you’re bonding with your co-workers over chicken wings during lunch. Also, if you do land a job and give your notice, the co-workers you feel particularly close with may feel hurt by your keeping a secret from them. But the only way you can keep something entirely quiet is to keep it to yourself.
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List only home or cell phone numbers on your resume. It would be pretty difficult to field recruiter calls in your office with no one finding out, unless you sit in a windowless office with lead walls. And if you suddenly shut your door after you answer your phone, people will make their own assumptions, with a secretive job search being the best of the assumptions; the worst being that you’re having an affair or that your doctor is calling to prescribe a medication you don’t want anyone knowing about.
I don’t know about you, but if I dress up at my office, about 30 people will ask if….
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