Job-Hunt.org's 10 Stealth Job Search Tips for the New Year

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The New Year always brings renewed interest in finding new jobs, particularly for people unhappy in their current positions. With job dissatisfaction at record levels, Susan P. Joyce, Internet job search expert and Editor of award-winning job search portal, Job-Hunt.org, recommends that employed job seekers take great care, or risk ending up jobless by following these 10 tips for a stealth job search.

Conducting a "stealthy" job search may feel dishonest. But, getting fired for job hunting makes finding that new job much more difficult. Realistically, a stealth job search is the only practical option.

Employers have legitimate concerns regarding the safekeeping of important company information and also the time wasted by employees spending more time preparing for their next interview than doing their jobs.

With more than 66% of employers monitoring employee use of the Internet (according to an American Management Association study), great care needs to be taken to prevent job loss while job hunting.

Top 10 Stealth Job Search Tips

1.    Don’t openly job search. That's a good way to get fired.

It’s called a “stealth job search” for a very good reason. It needs to be very low profile. Don’t share job search plans and progress with colleagues or co-workers. “Loose lips sink careers.”

2.    Job search at home. Not at work - not even during “personal time.”

Employees have no guarantee of privacy - even during their "personal time” at work, during breaks or at lunch time. Many employers monitor use of e-mail, Web surfing habits, voicemail messages, and even use of services like personal Gmail accounts.

3.    Use a personal or other non-work e-mail address to for job search.

Using a current employer's name, address, and phone numbers as contact information is a very good way to blow a job seeker’s “cover,” and makes it impossible to stay in touch if the job seeker leaves or loses their job.

4.    Follow employer “social media use” and “Internet use” policies.

Employer policies should define what is acceptable and what is not. If the employer has them, smart employees pay attention. It is not safe to assume that a lack of policy means an employer doesn’t care or isn’t paying attention.

5.    Keep a low electronic profile of the job search.

Don't announce the job search in Twitter, a blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, or an elist. Don't post on every job board or send to every network contact - widely distributed resumes can so easily end up in the wrong hands.

6.    Carefully raise personal visibility, online and off.

Look for boss and co-workers profiles on LinkedIn via a company search to see if they it is "safe" to use. Slowly create a 100%complete LinkedIn Profile and Google+ Profile. Join local professional and business organizations, and be an active member.

7.    Disguise the current employer's name on the resume.

A job search can be "outed" when someone at work (boss, co-worker) discovers an employee’s resume on Monster or CareerBuilder, etc. So, disguise the current employer's name (e.g. “IBM” morphs into “Multinational Information Technology Company,” etc.) on posted resumes.

8.    Let Google and Indeed send opportunities to the personal email account.

Develop a list of potential employers, and set up free alerts through Google Alerts and Indeed Alerts to have new opportunities sent to the personal email account.

9.    Use the “confidential” setting when posting a resume at a job site.

When using job sites, be sure the resume is designated as "private" or "confidential.” See Job-Hunt's Cyber-Safe Resume article for tips on converting your resume to one that will protect your privacy and your job.

10.    Add a personal/non-work email address to the LinkedIn Profile.

LinkedIn allows more than one email address to be associated with a Profile, and having both a work and a personal email address will protect against loss of the Profile if the job is lost.

Find more information about safe and effective online job searching at Job-Hunt.org, recommended by Dick Bolles in “What Color is Your Parachute?”

For more on Stealth Job Search, visit Job-Hunt.org.

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