Workers are not waiting until they are unemployed to look for a new job. New research has found that 73 percent of workers say they are comfortable searching for a job while they are employed.
However, those respondents are not only looking for a new job while employed, they are doing so while they are working. Respondents say they would be comfortable in searching for jobs online, exchanging emails, taking calls and submitting applications while they are at their current place of work.
Not every worker was comfortable in looking for jobs while employed, however. Twenty-six percent of respondents say they are uncomfortable looking for another job while they are employed.
The researchers found a distinct breakdown by age when it comes to comfort in looking for a new job. Workers between ages 18 and 34 were most likely to conduct job search-related tasks at their current job. Overall, 48 percent of workers in that age range say they are comfortable looking for a job at work. Just more than one-quarter of workers between ages 35 and 44 say they are comfortable looking for a new job at their office. Twenty-one percent of workers 55 and older say they would be comfortable looking for a new job while at the office.
"The grass isn't always greener on the other side, so professionals should first consider how they might improve their current situation before looking for a new job," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of "Human Resources Kit For Dummies" (John Wiley & Sons Inc. 2012). "When it is time to move on, conducting the job hunt using company resources is not only unethical, it places the employee at a high risk of being caught in the act."
To help workers who may be looking for a new job while employed, Accountemps offers the following tips.
- Look at internal openings first — If you've outgrown your current role but are happy with your work environment, see if there are relevant openings within your company before looking elsewhere. When it comes to filling vacancies, many employers prefer internal candidates.
- Keep it to yourself — If you want to keep your job search a secret, don't mention it to anyone at work. Even the most trustworthy co-worker could inadvertently spill the beans. It's best to stay mum until you announce your resignation.
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