According to different surveys over the years, approximately 70% of visitors to Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List are currently employed. Yep….you heard that right: 7 out of 10 professionals looking for a job are currently employed.
This actually makes sense. Throughout a career, most ambitious professionals are always considering the next step in their career progression.
Currently employed job seekers are considered a ‘high value target’ by most recruiters so getting word out to companies and recruiters that you are willing to make a change is important. In addition, as a currently employed jobseeker, you can typically command a higher salary; after all, you are the one taking all the risk by leaving a stable position. There has to be an incentive from your potential new employer to persuade you to jump from your current job and work for them.
But looking for a job while currently employed can also be tricky. Your job search has to be pretty covert so your current employer doesn’t get wind you are looking to leave your current job. It’s also hard to be a full-time job seeker during working hours at your current company.
Here are several things that can make your job search easier if you are currently employed.
1.) Bookmark AH Jobs List Fresh Jobs page. CLICK HERE. It is important to respond quickly to posted jobs. This is the page on AH Jobs List you want to constantly view to see the most up-to-date jobs posted on Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List.
2.) Set up an AH Jobs List Job Alert to receive an email every time a job is posted on AH Jobs List that contains keywords or phrases that are relevant to your search. You will see the Job Alert form to do this on the sidebar of all jobs posted on AH Jobs List.
3.) Update a Jobseeker Profile on AH Jobs List. CLICK HERE On AH Jobs List, more than 5,000 professionals have filled out a profile and uploaded their resumes to our Jobseeker Profile section. Colorado-based companies and nonprofits are constantly ‘reverse recruiting’ where they are scanning profiles on AH Jobs List to identify potential talent to fill positions and contacting those individuals. This is an easy and FREE way for you to be found by recruiters. You can also submit your profile as ‘anonymous’ if you are concerned about your current employer identifying you.
4.) Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date. LinkedIN is perhaps the most important social media network for professionals. It is used for marketing, for networking, for research, sales prospecting and, yes, recruiting of employees. Most professionals have a LinkedIN profile, so it will not raise red flags with your boss if you have a LinkedIn profile. Keeping your LinkedIN profile up-to-date is a sure way to be found by recruiters both nationally and locally.
5.) Make sure that in any communications you have with recruiters (cover letters, interviews, etc.) that your job search is confidential and that you do not want them contacting your current company for references. HR professionals will respect the confidentiality of your situation, but it is important to let them know.
6.) Make sure you have a kick-ass resume ready to go! If a job opportunity arises, the last thing you want to be doing is staying up all night updating your resume. You want your resume to be the best representation for your career to date and that requires a lot of advance thought and planning. I highly recommend hiring a professional resume writer to assist you in creating a resume that you are confident represents your accomplishments, experiences, successes, expertise and background. Ruth Pankratz is a terrific professional resume writer. CLICK HERE to contact her.
7.) NETWORK! Make a list of trustworthy friends, associates from professional associations, former bosses/colleagues, vendors, contractors, etc. Let them know you are considering leaving your current position and are open to new opportunities. These are people that know you and know of your work and accomplishments and can be your biggest advocate/cheerleader. Make sure you tell them that your search is confidential but you’d love to hear of any new job openings they are aware of. Often, companies pay referral fees to their employees, so there can be incentives for helping to get you hired.