How to secretly look for a job while you’re employed

Secrets are harder to hide in a digital world. Like when you’re looking for a job while still employed.

“People today, especially young people, are very free with their personal information and post to places like Facebook,” says Elliot Lasson, executive director of Joblink of Maryland, Inc., a nonprofit recruitment organization in the Baltimore area.

Colleagues or supervisors could easily spot these types of personal updates on social media sites. Also, if you speak negatively about your current workplace, prospective employers might discard your application.

“No potential future employer wants to see someone badmouthing a current employer, since they might be next in line,” Lasson says. Thus, discretion is crucial when job hunting.

Jennifer Suarez, a career and business coach in New Jersey, suggests scouring for jobs that fit who you are.

“Once you’ve identified that there is a job you are interested in, see if you know someone who can make a discreet introduction,” she says. If not, send a resume confidentially to the recruiting team. Consider the risks of applying online, especially if you are in a senior position.

Also, network by reaching out to relationships as well as building new ones to talk about the industry and industry changes. Express that you are happy where you are, but you are taking inventory and doing some career planning.

Suarez adds that you should reach out to headhunters that you feel you can trust. Make it clear to them that your search is discreet.

Lasson adds that you should be selective about who you tell that you are looking. Some people are experienced gossipers. Other tips from Lasson:

• Don't engage in electronic job search while on-the-clock at work and on the company's PC. This includes sending a resume from your work email account. These things can be tracked during and after the fact.