How To Look For A New Job While Still Working At Your Old One

They say you should only leave your workplace when have new job lined up – but they don’t tell you how to line up a new job while you’re still employed.

There are a bunch of reasons why we might move from one job to another: getting a promotion or raise in your current job feels impossible; your boss is the worst; or maybe an amazing opportunity arises that you just can’t turn down.

If you think cutting tracks is the right thing to do, don’t do it without a plan B – here’s how to look for a job while you’re still working at your old one.

Apply for your new job outside of work hours

Alrighty, so you’ve decided to start looking for a new job, but haven’t secured one just yet – so play it cool. This means not flaunting the fact you’re getting ready to bounce around the workplace.

Being transparent and honest is important, but during the initial stages of the application process, there isn’t too much for you to report on, so maybe don’t. Loyalty is a huge deal to employers – how do you think they’d feel if they knew you were searching for a new job?

Chances are it’s not good.

This stuff is mostly common sense, but try not to browse the classifieds from your work computer, or use the office phone to do a ring around of businesses to ask if they’re hiring – take the admin stuff home with you.

Not only will you have a clearer head to ensure your resume is in top shape, and your applications are flawless, but you won’t have the constant fear of being caught out by your boss.

Use the right contact details

If you were sending out resumes, you’d be hoping for a call back, or at the least an email, right? Do you know which contact details are attached to those application forms?

Getting responses to job applications sent to your work email isn’t a good look, and nor is taking job search-related calls from your desk. Take a step outside or just let it go to voicemail.

Take personal days when you need to

If you’re taking this seriously, and don’t want it to disturb your current work life too much, it might mean taking a couple of personal days when you need them.

In a perfect world, you’d be able to schedule job interviews or other commitments in out-of-work hours, but when you’re working the nine-to-five that’s unlikely. If you can, try and schedule a few interviews over one day, take it off and knock them all over.

Or maybe you just need a day to get all of your ducks in a row before you’re ready to start applying. It’s important to take this stuff away from the office to deal with.

Don’t neglect your daily tasks

Whether you’ve secured a new role or not, when your mind is occupied by other thoughts it can be easy to get distracted from the daily duties in your current role. Or, you might think since you won’t be there much longer screw it, and just straight up not give a shit.

As you’ll soon discover, it’s good to leave on a good note and not to burn any bridges – stay professional up until your last day.

Be professional

If you do score a new job while working elsewhere, be sure to remain professional during the transition period. Depending on the circumstances, it might just be tempting as hell to go out in a blaze of glory, burning as many bridges as possible.

Tempting, but probs ultimately not a good idea.

You might just need those old colleagues as references or they might be a colleague again in the future.

It depends on your industry, but when working full time it’s common courtesy to give at least four weeks notice when leaving. This will give you and them enough time to sort out what comes next.


Everyone deserves to be in the best job possible, and sometimes you’ve gotta jump ship to achieve that. Go forth, and kill it.

Bradley is a writer from Newcastle who enjoys travel, Tina Fey and is a connoisseur of cheap red wine.