Having your job search become public knowledge has always been a risk for job changers. In this economy, that risk looms even larger. The last thing you want, and the worst possible outcome, is for your current boss to discover your actions. It’s extremely important to keep your job search secure. Here are some things you can do to keep that search clandestine.
Avoid conspicuous changes in dress. Instead, bring a change of clothes when you have a pending interview. Avoid using communication methods associated with your current employer. Despite your precautions, one day you might get a call from a recruiter while you’re in your office. The worst thing you can do is say, “Sorry, I can’t talk now; can I call you back?” Instead, think of a situation someone else could call you about. For example: your home has a leaking pipe, your child is having an emergency at school, your doctor called you with news from your last visit.
Now, when that call comes, visualize that the caller is actually the plumber, mechanic, or doctor. Start talking about the problem, then apologize for not being able to talk further and make arrangements to talk later. Do not drop your voice. Speak in a normal tone of voice, even when you make arrangements to talk later. Of course, it’s always good if you alert your recruiter beforehand that you might have to go into “James Bond mode” when receiving a call at your current job.