Submitted by alinariskute on
I would appreciate your advice on how to handle this situation. I feel like I am going behind the back of my employer, if I am considering other options. Should I tell my employer that I am looking for new job? Or wait until I have an offer?
I have had an interview where recruiter asked when I could start if they hire me. I got confused. I would at least two weeks prior notice. But somehow feels that recruiter would prefer a person who is available straight away. Is it like that?
Many thanks in advance for advice!
Do NOT tell your employer
Do NOT tell your employer you are looking around. You may think you are going behind their back, but think of all the things they are doing too. It's part of business.
Recruiters are not that much different from car salesman (no offense to the MT staff who used to be recruiters). Recruiters get paid when you start the job. So they will say things to make you feel that way. I have posted a number of threads here where I said the wrong things not realizing their sales tactics. However, they know you need to give a 2 week or 4 week notice. But don't tell them you are interviewing elsewhere, and focus on setting up an interview right away. I talked to a guy 1.5 weeks ago and I flew down and had the interview yesterday. The hiring manager did ask when I was available, and I said not until September. But I will follow up with the recruiter that I'm nervous about the relocation, and hopefully use that as a negotiating point to get a good offer.
Do not tell your current org
Under no circumstances should you share that you are looking for a new job. Way too many bad things can happen to you up to and including immediate termination of your current job. Remember to stay completely professional, DO NOT let your work slack or fall behind. There's quite a few casts on this Career tools part of the website on this very topic.
One more time
Do not tell anyone at work that you are looking for a new job.
Do not tell anyone who might be in contact with anyone at work that you are looking for a new job.
The first thing your current employer should hear about your job search is "I resign."
If your organization finds out you are looking for a new job, they might consider you a risk and let you go immediately.
Keep working just as you always have, as if looking for a new job is the furthest thing from your mind.
Yes, the recruiter might want to fill a position as soon as possible, but the recruiter also needs to know if there is some reason your start might be delayed past 2-4 weeks. Do not presume that they will only consider someone who can start tomorrow -- remember that they will have their own processes that take time to define and build an offer for whoever they choose.
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