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'Just Browsing'': Looking for Positions While Employed

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It's Saturday afternoon, and on your way home from the dry cleaners, you spot an amazing three-tiered red velvet cake with buttercream frosting in the window of a bakery.

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“Just Browsing”: Looking for Positions While Employed
[By Melanie G. Lammers]
It’s Saturday afternoon, and on your way home from the dry cleaners, you spot an amazing three-tiered red velvet cake with buttercream frosting in the
window of a bakery. Perhaps you even dare to step inside for a few minutes and look around. The moment someone says, “Can I help you,” however, your
response is the same as always: “No, I’m just browsing.”




Retailers would like to make you think that        Out of respect for the feelings of potential              This dodges the bullet of a call for
“just browsing” is undesirable, and most           employers and current employers, a certain                references that comes when your boss
won’t give you a second look unless you            level of discretion is required on your behalf.           isn’t expecting it.
suddenly appear extremely interested in a          Your general motivation for this is two-fold.
product. Unlike when someone is enticed                                                                2.    If possible, list a private email address
into a bakery by a red velvet cake, though,        If your current employer sees your                        as your primary contact address. Free
when an employee is “just browsing” for            resignation coming before you do, it may                  accounts are available from a variety
a new position, it is a surefire sign that at      just let you go to save money or look for a               of sources if you do not have a private
the end of the day, he or she is actually          replacement when you aren’t even sure you                 account with your Internet provider.
interested in finding other work.                  want to leave. If your potential employer                 Be sure that your account name is
                                                   sees that you are blatantly seeking new                   professional; john.doe@gmail.com will
Employers know and understand this, and            employment without respect for the                        come across as much more professional
it scares them slightly. In the long run,          requirements and needs of your current                    than heresyourjohnny@yahoo.com. Your
losing a current employee and hiring a             employer, you may come across as fickle or                domain name should also be that of a
replacement, even if the new hire gets a           disrespectful, and the position you’re seeking            well-known website, such as Gmail,
lower pay rate due to a lack of experience,        may go to someone else.                                   Yahoo, or MSN. Domain names of your
initially costs an organization money. Even                                                                  school alumni organization or clubs that
without formal training sessions, productivity     Here are three small things you can do to avoid           you belong to appear unprofessional,
slows down during the transitional time in         becoming the browser who became a poser:                  as well.
which the new employee is assimilating.
Unless a company is in the process of              .      Clearly label all employment documents      3.    When references are requested,
layoffs, any loss is just that: a loss for the             as confidential. You can also add a               once again, remind employers of the
organization.                                              sentence to the cover letter explaining           confidentiality of your current job
                                                           that your position inquiry should be kept         search, but be sure to provide them
For this reason, employers are not only                    private. For example, you might write,            as soon as possible. Employers will
keeping closer eyes than you might think                   “As my current employer is unaware                treat the matter with discretion if you
on their employees for signs of unexpected                 I am seeking a more challenging                   are cooperative. If you avoid providing
resignation, but they are also on the lookout              opportunity, please respect the                   a list of references or past employers,
for employees who have senses of loyalty and               confidentiality of this inquiry. Thank            you will appear to be hiding something
dedication to their work and their employers.              you for your time and consideration.”             much bigger.




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