I’m Afraid That They’ll Find Out I’m Looking!


Q. What do you do if you are afraid your employer will know you’re looking for a job?



This comes from a variety of situations where I have been coaching people 

Who are concerned that their current employer is going to find out that they’re looking. I see this also showing up on tv on the show, “Better Call Saul.” She was about to give notice when her boss found that she was interviewing with a competitor. What do you do to head this off?

The first thing is that if you are posting your resume on a job board paid to make it a blind resume; by that I mean a resume with no name on it, no address and your email is obscured. On one site, email addresses appear as lots of letters and numbers at their domain name. Contact request by employers and recruiters are sent to you by the site for you to respond. This means your employer never knows that that is you on a website wanting to be contacted about job opportunities.

Take out the name of your current firm and call it a major such and such, like Major Bank or Major Tech Firm– you get the idea.

Look at the text describing the background and make sure there is nothing revealing there to help them figure out that you work for their company. For example, take any acronyms that are unique to their company or any department names that might reveal who you work for.  Instead, describe it generically.



Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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