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Networking Tips That Won't Blow Your Cover

Networking Tips That Won't Blow Your Cover

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Caroline M.L. Potter | HotJobs


Broadcast Your Intentions: Ryan strongly advises job seekers to avoid any means of broadcast communications. “If you use a LinkedIn broadcast message or a group email to tell friends you’re job hunting, there’s an excellent chance that someone will not read it carefully and inadvertently tip your hand to the wrong people,” she says. She also reminds folks with a vested interest in secrecy not to list their job-hunting status on any social-networking sites.

Find Out How You’ll Fare at a Job Fair: Job fairs are attracting record numbers of attendees. If you are among them, there’s a strong possibility you could run into someone who knows both you and your current employer, creating an awkward situation that could cost you your job. Therefore, says Ryan, “Avoid attending job fairs as a method to meet prospective employers.”

Count on Coworkers: Keep your search a secret from even your most trusted colleagues. “Asking current coworkers for help or advice with your job search puts them in a bad situation, torn between loyalty to you and their paycheck,” Ryan says. “Don’t ask them to do that.”

Blindly Respond to Blind Ads: Employers often use blind advertisements to attempt to find a replacement for a current employee who does not yet know he is about to be fired. Responding to one, then, puts you in jeopardy of applying to the very company for which you work (perhaps even for your very job). Even if it isn’t the same position or a lateral one, Ryan says, “Don’t send your resume to any blind job ads in which the employer is not clearly identified.”

Give Out References at Your Current Company: It’s hard to get a job without references. In fact, solid references are often what seals the deal. However, you shouldn’t use your current team members or supervisors as references. “You’ll use these folks as reference-givers down the road, but while you’re still working at XYZ Corp., it’s not ethical or appropriate to ask XYZ-affiliated people to recommend you for a different job,” Ryan says.

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