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Monday, May 26, 2014

Employment services warn job hunters of searching from work

Online job search tips
Workplace policy may not allow job searches on comapny time
You’re probably at your desk working all day and hate the job you’re currently in. so, in an effort to find a better job you’re often searching for one during your down time. Looking through job postings, uploading your CV, calling up contacts who can help and speaking to agents from employment agencies can get you into a bit of trouble. 

There are many people who search for employment during their work week as opposed to during weekends. However, because companies are always monitoring employees it may not be a wise thing to do, then there are also ethical issues associated with doing this on your boss’s time.

You are being watched


According to a recent survey conducted by Proof point around 32% of those surveyed said that they would read employee’s emails. 28% of those surveyed said that they would terminate employees for violating their email policy, and 45% said that they would discipline an employee for improper use of message boards, social networks and blogs. That said what you may do from work is the employer’s job to monitor and so it’s not private. Think about the fact that around 17% of the companies surveyed above actually had employees whose job description was to read other employee’s emails. This is why you have to be careful.

What you should and shouldn’t do when searching for a job from work?


Never use your work email address and account – Use a personal account and try not to send over your resume, applications and cover letters from a work email account because this will get you into trouble.

Phones and computers - Don’t use your employer’s phones and computer system to contact employment services. Your email correspondence and resume, all of which is related to searching for another job should reside on your own computer at home. Always use your home cell phone and home landline to call up recruiters. Messages can be checked during your work day discreetly just so that you do not miss out on calls from potential employers.  

Workplace job search tips
Searching for a job during work hours could lead to termination
Using online services – If you’re maintaining a personal blog or a social networking account, you need to be careful about what you talk about. There have been many people who have received a dismissal from their employer because of comments made about their present employer. 

This applies to sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Myspace. The same problems are also faced on video sharing websites like YouTube. That said badmouthing your current employer will also decrease your chances of finding employment. Prospective employers will see you as being someone who is highly critical and hard to get along with.

Where and when should you search for a job?


The best and the safest time according to employment agencies is during your hour long lunch break. Go over to the nearest library, coffee shop or bookstore that has internet access and use your personal laptop for this purpose. You can also use this time to return phone calls from recruiters and potential employers.

Always be discreet


Don’t tell co-workers that you’re searching for a new job because they may tell the boss. Your family needs to know just so that when they do get a call that is meant for you from a potential employer they know how to handle it.

Job hunting is about networking


Many people don’t realize this but job hunting is all about having a network of contacts and colleagues. Whether you’re currently in a job or not, LinkedIn is probably your biggest ally, second to your ability to build a network of vendors, current employers, past employers, customers and friends. Also don’t forget to add recruiters and employment services to your network too. They will inform you of job openings and you can react accordingly. 

Getting caught


Even if you’ve tried hard to search for a new job without getting noticed by your current employer there is still a chance that you’ll get caught. If you do get caught don’t try to hide the fact that you were searching for a better salary or better position. Also, inform your employer that you did it with your own personal laptop, during your lunch break and used your personal number. MTC Australia stresses the need for people who get caught to be honest and forthcoming. 


About the author: Mark has been a recruiter for over two decades. He runs one of largest and most trustworthy employment services in Australia. He is also the author of various articles and blog posts that are aimed at helping people find a job. When he’s not helping people find jobs he’s working on his latest, soon to be released book.
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