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How to Job Search When You Are Employed

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Searching for a job while you’re employed isn’t easy. At minimum, you need to spend 15 hours a week to get any momentum going. You must figure out how to do this during your evenings and weekends.

So how do you do this if you’re working 70 hours a week?

At GetFive, we remind people that they can only make that happen through an organized, methodical search.

Part of this involves developing a list of people you would like to meet. This means a great deal of research and writing a lot of letters and emails during your evenings and weekends. This takes time, but sending targeted letters means you are more likely to get in to see the right people at the right levels at the right organizations, whether or not they have openings.

Think of it this way: You are not chasing jobs, you are chasing companies and hiring managers. This will make it more likely that you will end up with multiple offers.

What should you tell your present employer? Is honesty the best policy? Not in this case. Do not tell your boss you are looking. If you do, there’s a good chance your boss will want you out as soon as possible. So proceed with caution!

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