Job Search Balancing Act: Launching a Job Search While Employed

Posted on July 16, 2012. Filed under: Job Search Tips | Tags: , , , |

Conducting a job search under any circumstances is no picnic. But managing a job search while you’re employed is brutal. I mean, really, the job search is supposed to be a full-time job for the unemployed. How does that work when you put in 40 or 50 hours each week at your company now? That is why the July 18th #TCFchat discussion topic (at our special time slot of 83pm ET on Twitter) is on topics to help those already employed as they prepare for the job search.

So please join us as we discuss these questions:
1. Will great perks like “paid, paid vacation” (http://www.inc.com/caitlin-berens/start-up-offers-workers-7500-to-take-a-break.html) convince you to stay in your current job, or make the leap to a new job if offered as part of your package?

2. Should you engage with IT or technical recruiters to help you with your job search?

3. How does someone that’s employed prepare themselves for a job search?

4. What expectations should you have when starting your tech job search?

5. Where should you spend the limited amount of time available with your job search?

Whether you are currently in a job search, have recently finished one, or are contemplating getting ready for one, we would love to hear your insight.

If you can’t make the chat, be sure to check back here afterward or check out the Tech Career Forum  LinkedIn group to get a recap of the discussion.

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2 Responses to “Job Search Balancing Act: Launching a Job Search While Employed”

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You can certainly do that, but whether or not you’d really get paid for the time depends on their policy. In our case, employees accrue vacation and personal leave weekly throughout the calendar year, although we make the entire years’ accrual available to them on January 1. If you accrue at a rate of three weeks a year, take all your time by February, then quit effective April 1, you’ve used 52 weeks of accrued time in just 13 weeks. Our policy states that you owe the company for the 39 weeks worth of accrual you used but will never earn since you will no longer be employed. We would deduct those hours from your final paycheck. Principals are well and good, but a clean employment history and a good reference have a value, too. Won’t matter whether you are justified or correct if all they remember when someone calls for a reference is the stink you made on your way out the door.

As opposed to all the hardworking American office drones that only take ~2 weeks a year? Also, what’s this business about a “cushy job”? Wouldn’t you want workers to be happier and thus more productive?


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