FIND A JOB WHILE YOU’RE STILL EM­PLOYED

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Search­ing for a new role in to­day’s tur­bu­lent job mar­ket has many job-seek­ers scratch­ing their heads for an­swers. In some in­dus­tries, hir­ing has come to a screech­ing halt as com­pa­nies con­tinue to deal with tanking rev­enues and bleak out­looks.

On the other hand, some in­dus­tries have never been busier and con­tinue to hire new em­ploy­ees, even in the face of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Suc­cess of Pas­sive Can­di­dates

No mat­ter what in­dus­try you come from, you likely pos­sess trans­fer­able skills to make a dif­fer­ence in sec­tors on the rise. And as al­ways, pro­fes­sion­als who are em­ployed ver­sus un­em­ployed re­main a hot com­mod­ity in to­day’s mar­ket.

Re­cruiters and hir­ing man­agers are drawn to work­ers who cur­rently hold down full-time work and who may or may not be look­ing for new work. Th­ese pro­fes­sion­als are called pas­sive job-seek­ers and are sought af­ter be­cause re­cruiters don’t have to guess what led to their most re­cent job loss be­cause they are still ac­tively em­ployed.

So as you con­sider leav­ing your cur­rent com­pany for bet­ter pay, more flex­i­bil­ity or en­hanced sta­bil­ity, read on for some tips on how to suc­cess­fully ex­e­cute a job search while still work­ing full-time.

Why Do Em­ploy­ees Quit?

There are many rea­sons work­ers leave their jobs. Check out th­ese sta­tis­tics from a re­cent OC Tan­ner re­port: • 79% of em­ploy­ees who quit their jobs claim that a lack of ap­pre­ci­a­tion was a ma­jor rea­son for leav­ing. • 65% of Amer­i­cans claimed they weren’t even rec­og­nized one time last year.

• 60% say they are more mo­ti­vated by recog­ni­tion than money.

Pro­tect Your­self

The av­er­age job-search process takes slightly more than six weeks but that num­ber varies con­sid­er­ably by in­dus­try, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Money.com. Can you fi­nan­cially weather a six-week lay­off or fur­lough? This is a key ques­tion to ask your­self as you an­a­lyze your cur­rent vo­ca­tional sit­u­a­tion.

If the an­swer is no, it may make sense to keep your eye out for new po­ten­tial job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Tak­ing this ap­proach can make sure you don’t miss out on prospec­tive roles that fit your skill set, ex­pe­ri­ence and pas­sion.

Set Re­al­is­tic Ex­pec­ta­tions

Since you are em­ployed full-time now, you likely have var­i­ous dead­lines and projects on your plate that can keep you from en­ter­ing a ful­lon job search. That’s OK. Give your cur­rent em­ployer all of your ef­forts dur­ing the work day and de­vote early morn­ing or af­ter-hours to search­ing for some­thing new.

While you’re at it, give your­self some lee­way as you try to bal­ance your full-time work and your new search ef­forts. A new role is un­likely to fall in your lap right away, but the more you net­work and search dig­i­tally, the bet­ter your chances are of find­ing the right fit for you.

Use For­mer Em­ploy­ers as Ref­er­ences

When it comes to mak­ing a strong first im­pres­sion on a po­ten­tial em­ployer, third-party val­i­da­tion may be the key to your suc­cess. This means some­one other than your­self is mak­ing an en­dorse­ment for you.

Think about past peers and bosses when it comes to find­ing th­ese val­ida­tors. Hir­ing man­agers are gen­er­ally com­fort­able with be­ing given ref­er­ences from a pre­vi­ous em­ployer, so com­pile a list of pre­vi­ous com­pa­nies and su­per­vi­sors to tack on to your re­sume. Be sure to give them a heads-up ahead of time so they know to ex­pect a call.

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