Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

How to keep your job search under the boss's radar

Anna Bryukhanova/Anna Bryukhanova

The job market is more active than most people think, and you can stick your toe into the water without rocking the boat at your current company, mostly by being discreet, says Harvard Business Review.

"Looking for a job while you already have one can be stressful, especially in the age of social media when privacy is scarce. Here are three ways to keep your search to yourself:

Don't tell anyone

Story continues below advertisement

You may be close with certain co-workers, but your secret will only stay secret if you're religious about keeping it to yourself.

Network carefully

When reaching out to others, you don't need to spill the beans. Instead of 'Hi, I'm Amy Gallo and I'm looking for a job,' say something like, 'I'm doing well at my current position and I'm always entertaining options for what's next.'

Wait for the offer

If you know your manager will react negatively, it's best to wait until after you have an offer in hand to inform her."

Today's management tip was adapted from How to Keep a Job Search Discreet, by Amy Gallo.

Report an error
As of December 20, 2017, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this resolved by the end of January 2018. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to