Doing a Job Search
The most important thing in searching for a job while still working is to not let it affect your current work or working relations. Many times, employees will be brutally honest in their quest to leave their current position; this could backfire if you plan on using your job as a reference. If possible, try to see if a position you would enjoy is available at your current job. Try not to do job searches while you should be working; in fact, it is best that you not job search while at work, period.
Searching for another job, should be done on your time, not the office's. Take a day off in order to search, whether online or by going in to places. Do not leave your office number for prospective employers to contact you; leave either your home number or a cell number instead. Technology is quite ahead of its time, allowing for people to be reached anywhere, at any time, and in most cases, anything. If you have a smartphone, have emails go to your phone or by text; this way you can check any messages that may come in. If possible, forward your home number to your cell phone and have people leave a message.
You should always let prospective employers know that you are currently working and give them time frames in which they can reach you. Try to have them contact you on your day off or call at times when you will not be heading to or from work. Make sure you're in a quiet place and that you don't have anything going on that may distract you from the interview.
If the issues you are having are just rampant in your department or office location, this may not a sign to quit; it maybe a sign to change things in your current work place. If the thought of quitting at the moment isn't feasible, try to find options in which you can stay within the company. Perhaps you can be moved to another location or office if your company has one or look for a position that takes you out of a negative environment.
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