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Shhh! The Hunt for Job Search Confidentiality


Many professionals who lost their jobs during the economic downturn took any job that came their way to make ends meet, but now that the job market is taking a turn for the better, more people are looking to ditch their “in-between” jobs for a lasting career. We’ll take a look at how to be a clandestine job hunter so that you don’t get caught cheating on your employer.

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In a recent survey conducted by TheLadders that polled 1,000 Americans 18 years of age and older, it was found that more working professionals are willing to forgo the opportunity to maximize their online job search to prevent being “found out” by their employers. As a matter of fact, the survey unveiled that “more than half (55 percent) surveyed say when searching online, keeping their resume private from their peers is more important than maximizing its exposure,” and 35 percent of participants stated that they would remove their posted resume if a coworker saw it online. Take a look at the infographic below to see just how important job search confidentiality really is for professionals on the hunt.

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The Job Search Confidentiality

(Infographic Source: Mashable,

So, if you’re currently employed and want to keep under the radar during your job search, then you might want to consider these five rules of thumb:

  1. Never use your current employer’s equipment or property for your job search.
  2. Use your personal email address, not your work email.
  3. Don’t talk about your job search with co-workers, because loose lips sink ships.
  4. Don’t mention anything about your job search on your social media profiles.
  5. Post your resume to online job boards that offer privacy permissions so that you can control who sees your resume and who doesn’t (your current employer).

And with that, we wish you the best of luck with your covert operation to find the career of your dreams! Happy hunting.

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Leah Arnold-Smeets
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