If you’re unhappy at your current job, it’s easy to daydream about searching for a new one. But how do you do that without offending those that you currently work with and for? Here are five under-the-radar ways to start that next job search without sending out resumes.

Get Specific About What You Want: Before starting with an outside search, always start inside. What do you want? What is important to you in a new job? Under what circumstances do you work best? It’s much easier to ask these questions while still employed elsewhere so that you can take your time and be truthful in the answers.

Strengthen Friendships: You’ve got a ton of friends on Facebook, contacts on LinkedIn and followers on Twitter. Make sure that you’re keeping in touch with them, because one of them might have the next opportunity for you.

Volunteer: Not only does it do the soul a little good, but if it’s for a company or place that you want to work for, you’ll get insider information about how it runs and job openings.

Informational Interviews: Even if a firm or company you like doesn’t have a current position open, you can get some face time and learn more about the company by simply asking for a meeting with someone over there.

Build Your Skill Set: Be it a class on computer content management systems or accounting practices, continuing to grow in your abilities can only make you more attractive to potential employers.

Have you gotten a new job while employed elsewhere? How did you do it?

[Source: Shine/Yahoo!]


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