Article by InterSearch Romania, (Pendl & Piswanger Romania).
Securing a new role before leaving your current one is not an impossible task. It simply requires a strategic approach, patience, and persistence. Whether you’re unsatisfied with your current role or just looking for a change, consider this strategic plan to reach new professional opportunities:
Step 1. Self-Audit
Before starting a job hunt, conduct an internal assessment. Take a moment to analyze your current position. What is it currently unsatisfying (e.g. flexibility, paycheck, overtime,..)? Could these issues be addressed to your manager, or perhaps a more suitable role exists within another division of your company? Exploring these questions could save you the hassle of a job search.
- Step 2. Prepare
If you decide to step into the job market, start with your resume!
Update your LinkedIn profile but be cautious about broadcasting your job search if you’re connected with current colleagues or bosses.
Make sure both reflect your most recent accomplishments, skills, and career aspirations. Consider your portfolio, too. Is it an accurate representation of your abilities? If not, update it. This is a crucial part of your job hunt strategy.
Research your skills and qualifications in the context of the open market. Understanding your value in the market is key. This will give you a clear picture of what you can expect in terms of job offers and salary.
This step is all about self-evaluation and getting ready to sell your skills in the best possible way.
- Step 3. Utilize All Job Search Channels
LinkedIn, official headhunter websites, alumni, professional events, and job boards are your friends. Use them. But don’t underestimate the power of word-of-mouth. Let your network know you’re open to new opportunities. You never know which conversation might lead to an exciting opportunity.
- Step 4. Avoid Neglecting Your Current Job
You must maintain a delicate balance between your job search and current work performance. It is utmost important to leave on a positive note and it’s both ethical and provides a safety net should your search take longer than expected. If you feel you must leave your role urgently, consider taking time off to handle your job search, eventually taking new trainings.
Plan your interviews during personal days, lunch breaks, or outside of regular working hours if possible.
Avoid using your work computer or work email for job-related searches or correspondence. It’s both unprofessional and potentially traceable by your current employer.
- Step 5. Transparency
Clarity is key when communicating with potential employers. Make your situation and expectations known. Honesty often reaps rewards.
If working with recruiters, express the need for confidentiality due to your current employment.
When interviewing at companies, it’s okay to ask potential employers to be discreet when checking references.
However, there might be situations where your current employer finds out about your search. Have a plan in place for how you’ll handle such situations.
Remember that seeking a new job while being employed is common, and many employers understand that active professionals may be looking for new opportunities. The key is to balance your search with respect and commitment to your current role.
And remember, it’s not just about finding a new role, but about finding a role that aligns with your career aspirations, so have patience and you will make it!
About InterSearch Romania (Pendl & Piswanger Romania)
Pendl & Piswanger (P&P) is a retained executive search firm, one of the leading boutique consultancies in Romania, focusing our service on leadership advisory and recruiting executive and non-executive board members, general management roles and C-suite executives, as well as high-end experts through-out a broad area of industries. With a presence of 40 years in CEE and 25 years in Romania, they are committed to their clients who gain a competitive advantage by hiring great people. To maintain their edge, they operate across all major industry sectors, learn, diversify permanently and avoid specialization by limiting their client portfolio to a particular industry.