The Career Doctor™
Dear Career Doctor:
I work in a field where
it seems like everyone knows each other, so I am afraid
that if I look for another job, my boss will find out. I
assume that will hurt my career. Any suggestions?
Your short question has two parts. First, yes, it can hurt
your career if your boss finds out you are looking for a
job. How much depends on your value to the company and how
easily you can be replaced. You could be asked to leave.
On the other hand, you could be given a raise to keep you.
But even if you are given a raise, your loyalty will always
be questioned, and that's not good for a career.
Here's a suggestion I gave to a client of mine in a similar
situation: Get involved in professional organizations and
go to conventions. While networking at these places, mention
that a friend of yours with a similar background is looking
for a job, but doesn't want his company to know, so you
offered to ask around for him. This may be quite transparent,
but it is a way that my client found a good new job without
jeopardizing his current one.
If any readers have other suggestions, I will be happy to
print them for Mark.
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