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Looking for a new job and don’t want your employer to find out? You are not alone.
➜ 80% of my clients express the need for confidentiality.
They have good reason. Based on my HR experience, once an employer knows you are working on your exit plan, they will start to work on your replacement.
Statistically, counteroffers are only effective up to 16 weeks and the reason(s) an employee wants to leave are typically not ones they can resolve.
Here’s 5 ways to keep it under wraps...
🔷 If you speak with a recruiter, a prospective employer or someone in your network, ask them to keep it confidential.
🔷 Job search from home and off the clock. Don’t leave a trail on a company email or phone during work hours.
🔷 Keep your footprint out of high volume search agents. Instead apply directly on the company’s website.
🔷 Maintain your regular schedule and office attire. Avoid increased time off for interviews, networking events, etc.
🔷 Keep your social media void of content regarding work dissatisfaction and gradually update your LinkedIn profile.
If your employer finds out and asks you about it? Be honest and prepared to discuss “why” in a way that is data driven, neutral and makes sense.
This will help you exit on good terms.
As a jobseeker, how can you find companies who are invested into their employees?
Look for organizations who are focused on sourcing top performers.
These companies know that quality hires are typically less risk and provide greater ROI.
Here are 3 ways to spot these companies early on...
1. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀.
Instead of search agents they will target employee referral programs, social media networking/searching and conferences for sourcing. They will build these relationships over time, discuss their long term career goals, stay connected and won’t pressure them to move quickly.
2. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗲.
Instead these companies will build a talent pipeline to source for the future for either replacement positions or new growth.
3. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱.
The company’s vision, mission, culture or current focus will be clear on their website. They will use social media, employee testimonials and videos to communicate how they are an “Employer of Choice.”
88% of employed professionals are either actively looking, or open to, a new job opportunity.
- Invested companies will start here first! ⤴
Here’s a quick tip to keep you from getting rejected as a job candidate...
✯ 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗱, 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿!
As an HR Professional I came across 1000’s of amazing candidates. Some of the best ones were not actually qualified for the role and sadly ended up not moving forward in the process. Or, sometimes the technically qualified candidates would later be removed since their information proved inaccurate. Don’t let this happen to you!
𝗛𝗶𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗹𝗮𝗴𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲:
🚩 Lists skills with vague descriptions
🚩 Promotes online info that doesn’t match
🚩 Gives off negative cues during interviews
🚩 Has references who provide conflicting details
🚩 Provides questionable or missing dates TO AVOID REJECTION...
𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝗮𝘆 𝗬𝗘𝗦 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴:
1. 100% to the required qualifications
2. 80% or more to the preferred qualifications
3. All information is accurate and truthful Always remember to give your audience what they need to successfully advocate for you as a candidate!
There are many reasons why people find themselves in situations where a career transition is necessary. Maybe you have lost interest in your current career path or maybe your company is downsizing and it's time for something new.
If you are among those facing a career dilemma, here are 6 steps you can follow to make a successful career change possible.
Simply revising your resume with related keywords and blasting it across job boards is not going to cut it if you want real change. However, If you are feeling the desire to disrupt your current career path and re-think what move is best for you at the next stage of your career, taking these steps towards your goal will be worth the investment.
If you’ve ever played sports, odds are you had a coach. What was the true purpose of the coach? A good coach helps improve skills and stay ahead of the competition. Nowadays, coaching has spread to everything from personal fitness to your career.
Do I really need a career coach? If you are highly disciplined, already know what you want to do and how to get there, you can develop your own DIY plan of attack.
But - if you are:
➞ Sending out beaucoup resumes without success.
➞ Attempting a major career move.
➞ Finding the interview process debilitating.
It may be time to pull in a coach. According to Forbes, “The right way to hire a career coach” is threefold:
➊ Does the coach have a systematic accountability program with clear milestones?
➋ Do you respect and resonate with the coach?
➌ Does the coach understand and empathize with you?
The number one thing to keep in mind is that the coach is your partner in success, not a magician. You’re the one who will have to do the work to turbo charge your career. When have you pulled in a coach?