Developing a Plan
Mapping Your Moves
1)Think about the skills and tasks you enjoy most. 2) Consider how you can use existing skills in new ways.
3) List job careers that you might like to pursue in. 4) Research jobs in which you might be interested.
How much research you do also partly depends on how much of a change you’re making; for example, changing from a teacher to a corporate trainer versus switching from a nurse to a Web designer. You can find some great career information and a skills-matching service at O*NET Online from the U.S. Department of Labor and basic job information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. Here are some other great Career Exploration Resources.
5) Try to arrange interviews so that you don’t miss work. 6) Don’t burn bridges with your current employer.
Try to schedule informational interviews and job interviews before work (perhaps a breakfast meeting), during lunch, after work, or personal days, if possible, Teach says. “If you inform the interviewer that you’d prefer to keep your job search a secret, they may try to accommodate you by scheduling your interview during non-work hours, which will raise the least suspicion with your current employer,” he says. “You may even consider using unused vacation days to interview since you’d be losing these days anyway if you get a new job.”
7) Give a two week notice.
Bosses would be willing to sabotage your job change because they think they are understaffed and can’t afford to lose you. Don’t you think? You need to give them as little time as possible to do that. I do understand the logic behind this. Bosses sometimes go crazy when employees resign. Some bosses will terminate you immediately, regardless of how long you’ve said you have until your last day.
Legally (in most situations) they can do this. It’s reprehensible behavior. If they don’t want you to come into work once you’re committed to working for a competitor, they should pay you for a reasonable notice period.
8) Don’t tell coworkers about your job hunt.
Your manager may view your desire to depart as a betrayal, so it's best to keep quiet. As soon as your boss knows you're looking, you will be viewed as a short-timer and may lose out on valuable opportunities, like promotions, raises, assignments, or training.