Looking for a new job while you’re still employed can be a tricky balancing act. You’ll have a lot on your plate—stealthily sneaking out for interviews and updating your resume while still trying to finish all your job-related tasks. But it’s nice to keep collecting that paycheck; and most recruiters and hiring managers like to see you’re still employed. It means you’re desirable and have up-to-date skills. Here are some tips to starting a job search while you’re still employed.

Don’t publicize your resume

As soon as you post your resume on a job board, recruiters and hiring managers will start calling, which doesn’t help you remain discreet. And you never know who might see it up there. Think: your current boss.

Keep it a secret

Don’t tell anyone about your job search! Especially your current boss or co-workers. In fact, you might want to ask hiring managers and recruiters you meet with to keep your search discreet. They understand that request and will do their best to honor it.

Avoid scheduling interviews during work hours

Even if you refer to your interviews as “dentist appointments” as you tiptoe out of the building mid-morning, eventually your co-workers are going to wonder what’s going on. Try to schedule your interviews late in the afternoon when they’re less noticeable, even if it means doing a phone interview in the evening or on a weekend.

Be sneaky

Don’t make the mistake of wearing a suit to work when you typically wear business casual because you have an interview later. This is a red flag to everyone around you. No one can know what you’re up to!

Stay engaged

Don’t check out of your daily responsibilities at work. It’s tempting to ignore your work obligations because you just don’t care anymore, but stay focused on your job and complete as many of your current projects as you can. You don’t want to risk getting fired or being remembered as lazy or incompetent. You never know who might be called as a reference in the future.

Don’t include colleagues as references

This one is probably obvious, but it’s not a good idea to have your current colleagues or bosses find out about your job search when they’re contacted for a reference. It’ll make things extremely awkward at work and it makes you seem underhanded to your potential employer.

Stay calm and composed

Don’t quit your job until you’ve received and accepted a job interview! Just because the interview went well and everything feels right about a prospective job, you don’t want to act too rashly. Lots of little details can slip through the cracks in the hiring process and you want to make sure you truly have a job before leaving the current one.

For more information on how to navigate your job search, connect with one of our manufacturing recruiting specialists today!

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