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Applying for job without current employer finding out?
Career / 10:51 AM - Monday September 20, 2010

Applying for job without current employer finding out?

I am going mental and need a new job. Problem is my employer seems to know EVERYONE in the area that is in the same business and is on good professional terms with them. How do you apply for other positions without your current employer finding out? Positions outside of the area would require moving.

- Asked by Male, 29-35

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When you apply for a job at another firm, ask that your application be confidential, which common professional etiquette would dictate anyway.

- Response by wiserman, A Creative, Female, 46-55, Who Cares?

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You just do it. You apply for the positions you are seeking and get out of the mental state you are in. You do not owe your present employer any more than a 2 week notice. You give him your 2 weeks and let your new employer know that you are not available to start your new job for 2 weeks. You handle it in a professional and diplomatic way. You do not need to be hiding the fact from your employer. You need a good reference from them in the future and you don't want to do things in a sketchy way. Things might not work out with the new job and you do not want to burn bridges because you might need to go back.

- Response by 3wiltedroses, A Creative, Female, Who Cares?, Self-Employed

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If there's something about the job your current job, first talk it out with your boss.

It's worse if he finds out you've been looking for a job behind his back.

And maybe if it can't be resolved, he might help you with a positive reference. Otherwise, he'll be mad when he finds out and it will be really awkward around the office, you might not get a good reference to leave, and you'll really hate your job then.

- Response by bama64, A Couch Potato, Male, 29-35, Los Angeles

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Most times, prospective employers understand that employed applicants would prefer that their current employer not be contacted during the application process.

You can always tell them you would prefer they keep your application in confidence. A professional company will respect that.

A prospective employer will probably need some kind of work references however. I would contact some trusted former co-workers or supervisors to see if they would be willing to give you a reference and use them on your application.

I can understand you don't want to jeopardize your current job ... but you are entitled to look for another job if you're unhappy. Your current employer should understand that.

If you haven't already, I might suggest that first you talk to your current employer and tell them about your concerns and frustrations. Hopefully, they'll be receptive to helping work those things out so you don't have to leave.

Good Luck.

- Response by mrscleaver16, A Married Girl, Female, 56-65

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why do you want to do this?
he cannot fire you just b/c you want to find another job.if you are a good employee, he should give you a good recommnendation.
you are paranoid!

- Response by mobysdick, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 46-55, Who Cares?

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