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It’s easier to find a job when you have a job, the saying goes. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s easier to job search when you have a job — especially if you have to keep that job search secret. (And let’s face it, you probably do.)

In this week’s roundup, we look at tips for job hunters who need to keep their search stealthy, plus seven things mentally strong people don’t do and how to take a better break — according to science.

Alison Doyle at The Balance: Tips for Conducting a Confidential Job Search

“An survey reports that 52 percent of job seekers said their biggest concern was work colleagues finding out about their job search,” Doyle writes. “That was significantly more of a worry than concerns about not finding a job (29%). Two-thirds of job seekers are concerned (very to somewhat) about their job search process being made public.”

They’re not being paranoid, either: most workers in the U.S. are employed at will, which means that their companies can fire them for any reason at all, provided that reason isn’t discriminatory. That means that it’s usually legal for your employer to fire you solely because you’re looking for another job.

Fortunately, keeping your job search secret is pretty easy, if you know what you’re doing. Doyle offers tips on when to interview, how to apply for jobs online and how to look for work without using company time or equipment.

LaRae Quy at her blog: 7 Things Mentally Strong People Never Do

Quy writes:

As an FBI agent, I found even more mentally strong people who worked their way through sticky and complex investigations. They took bold new directions that required grit and spunk. They set themselves apart from the crowd. Where others saw barriers, they saw challenges to overcome.

I learned there is no one secret to success. There is no single habit that will guarantee you’ll make it to the top. There are, however, behaviors that mentally strong people have in common to help them achieve their goals…

Learn what those behaviors are and how to cultivate them, here.

Nir Eyal at Thrive Global: Research Reveals How to Take a Better Break

What do you do when you need to reset your brain? If you started reaching for your phone before getting to the end of that question, you’re in good company. Eyal writes:

Until recently, when I needed a break I’d grab my phone. Whether I was bored, mentally fatigued, or just wanting a pick-me-up, I felt relief checking the news, Facebook, or Instagram.

However, new research suggests there are good ways and not-so-good ways to spend our break time. While some breaks can leave us refreshed and reenergized, others tend to leave us depleted and drained.

These tips will help you take breaks that really refresh your brain … instead of training it to seek out the transient “blips of joy” provided by your smartphone.

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