Job Hunting Advice?

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Registered: 10-13-2006
Job Hunting Advice?
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Thu, 02-04-2010 - 10:01pm
So it's no secrect that I'm not pleased with my current job. I'm in process of applying for jobs that interest me. My question is what do I do WHEN (positive thinking) I get called in for an interview? I mean I work 8-430 M-F...How do I get out of my current job to interview for another place. Also, on the applications it asks if they can contact my current employer do I say yes? Because I don't excatly want them to know I'm looking else where with budget cuts begining. You know? Any other advice is welcome! Thanks ladies!
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Registered: 10-21-2009
Thu, 02-04-2010 - 10:23pm

Human resource personnel know that many of their applicants already have jobs. If you don't want your current employer to know you're looking for other employment, state on your resume or application that you do not wish for them to contact your employer. A lot of people are afraid that being upfront about that sends up a red flag and makes the potential employer think they are hiding a bad reference or something, but that's not the case. People in charge of hiring know that they can't get any information out of your current employer anyway unless you use your current employer as a personal reference. If you don't, all your current employer can legally say (and all your potential employer can legally ask) is when you were employed with them. They aren't permitted to discuss your performance (though some people do try to get around that). So, really, when an applicant says "No, you may not contact my current employer," the first thing that comes to mind for most hiring managers is that the applicant is simply trying to maintain privacy. No big deal.

As for the interview, you also won't be the first person they've interviewed with a current job. Simply let the interviewer know that it is difficult for you to take time away from your current job and ask if it's possible to schedule the interview for after hours or your day off. If they are really interested in you as a potential employee, they should be able to accommodate that need (and they'll probably be impressed since asking indicates you aren't willing to simply blow off your current responsibilities). Just keep in mind that you can't be too choosy regarding the scheduled time. It would be bad form to be available only on, say, Saturday morning because you don't want to miss out on play time with Embry. Unless there's a legitimate conflict, agree to whatever time is best for them. If, for some reason, they can't accommodate an interview outside of your regular work hours, you have to decide how interested you are in the job. If you can take personal time (either paid or unpaid) without giving your current employer a reason for it, do so. But if you can't, you either have to opt out of the interview or be upfront with your employer.

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Registered: 10-03-2006
Thu, 02-04-2010 - 10:28pm

I second what Mel said about your current employer - just say that you're still currently employed, no biggie.

I also agree that you can first tell them your hours/days of employment and ask if at all possible, they can accommodate you. If not, however, I have had MANY friends in your position, and if the place was nearby, they would take a long lunch and go during their break. If it was a little farther away, they had a "dentist/doctor's appointment" and left early for the day, or for at least longer than a lunch hour. In other words, they were sneaky about it, but it worked fine for them.


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Registered: 08-20-2005
Thu, 02-04-2010 - 10:29pm
I don't have any experience with looking for a new job while still in a current job (that doesn't know you're leaving) BUT my opinion is this: When you're contacted for an interview ask if it can be scheduled for either before or after your current work hours. If that isn't convenient for them then I'm not sure what to suggest but I would think most places would be at least willing to discuss the option of an "after hours" interview if they truly need to hire someone (and are looking for a quality "someone") but that's just what I would think, who knows. As for contacting your current employer, the applications I had to fill out when looking for an OT position had a place for comments after asking if they could contact your current employer and you could always say there that they do not know you are leaving. I mean, the new place is going to know to an extent that your current employer does not know if you plan to give a notice anyways because most applications want to know when you can start. I feel like this post is rambling but I don't feel like proof reading so just virtually knock me upside the head if I don't make sense. lol
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Registered: 03-25-2008
Fri, 02-05-2010 - 7:02am

Jennie,

I have some really terrible stories from when I was leaving Abercrombie and attempting to find a more "normal" job...

I don't want to share them on a public forum but I will tell you if you want...in email. I still can't believe some of things I had to do get "time off" or time away from that place. They wouldn't allow me to just leave, so I had to be creative in order to get another job.

:) So BELIEVE ME when I say, "I know how you feel!" ... because I TOTALLY DO!



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Registered: 03-05-2006
Fri, 02-05-2010 - 1:02pm

Jennie,


I don't have any advice other than what the other girls said, but good luck with the job search!!!


:-) Marin

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Registered: 04-06-2008
Sun, 02-07-2010 - 1:19pm

I agree with pretty much EVERYTHING that Mel said....if your current job won't allow you the time for an interview, you gotta do what you gotta do.

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Registered: 11-29-2006
Mon, 02-08-2010 - 5:01pm

Hi Jennie,


You might also try posting this to the Job Seekers' Support Group board - they have tons of tips that could also come in handy, in addition to these answers. :)

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