New ways to find a job when you already have a job

January 27, 2010 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

It’s still a (relatively) new year and many employed-but-unhappy journalists are polishing up their resumes with hopes of finding something better in coming months. What they’re discovering is that it’s especially tough to find a job when you are employed, because if you hope to keep that job in the meantime you must conduct your search on the sly and in your (precious) personal time.

Yet statistics still show that some employers much prefer hiring people who are already employed (even in this environment where a layoff is no longer a badge of shame, some recruiters simply won’t look at those who have lost a job, figuring they are somehow “damaged goods” — fair or unfair) so if you feel like it’s time to go, conducting a job search while you have a job is a good idea. And if you feel you may be targeted for a layoff or buyout soon anyway, it’s smart to get going so you’ll at least have a head start on a search if you lose your job (see Nov. 19 post, “Searching for a job while still employed”).

Here are some fresh tips from experts on finding a job while you still have one:

*Don’t rule out seeking a different job with your same organization or employer. Obviously, if there are internal postings for promotions for which you might be qualified, you should actively pursue them. Many organizations give preference to internal hires, especially if they are worried about losing a talented journalist to another company — and a growing number of news organizations, after big cuts last year, are now worried about a further brain drain they can ill afford. Also, openings are sometimes listed only internally or are posted internally before they are listed elsewhere — giving you a jump on outside competition. Also, consider jobs in other parts of your organization and at related or “sister” publications. This could be like getting a fresh start without having to go outside. You may even be able to keep your seniority and benefits.

*Use technology to your advantage. The big caution in conducting a search-while-still-employed is that you have to do it on the sly — you don’t want to leave any electronic or email footprint of your search at work. But these days, with privacy features on (personal, never use your company email for a job search) email accounts and social-networking sites (Facebook users, for instance, have a whole host of new privacy settings to explore) plus the ability to use personal digital devices to stay in touch with potential employers, you can set up a whole parallel communications system for conducting your job search even as you continue to do your job.

*Look to former colleagues who have landed well in recent months. Obviously, just after a layoff or buyout it would be extremely bad form to seek advice from laid-off colleagues about where they are looking — “Hey, even though I survived and you didn’t, want to share your contacts with me so I can get a new job, too?” would be a good way to end a friendship forever. But once former colleagues — however they left your organization — have found new positions and settled into them, they become great sources of job-seeking information. Especially if you helped them in the (recent) past, they may be willing to pass along your resume to their new employer or to let you know of openings there. Also, because they were recently job-hunting, they may be willing to pass along job leads or contacts that didn’t pan out for them but might be right for you. Again, be careful of how you approach them and make sure to offer help to them in exchange as well.

*As always, a variety of interesting job and free-lance leads to pursue:

*United BioSource Corp. in Bethesda is seeking a director of corporate communications, who will also serve as editor-and-chief of its internal publications:

Director, Corporate Communications
UBC – Corporate – Bethesda, MD
as the editor-and-chief for internal communications… to enhance UBC internal communications. o Providing executive communications support to UBC leadership…
From United BioSource Corporation

*The SEC has an opening for a writer/editor in D.C.

Writer Editor
: Securities & Exchange Commission – Washington, DC
Job Title: Writer/Editor Agency: Securities & Exchange Commission Job Announcement Number: 10-310425-DW Salary Range: 96,590.00 – 171,743.00 USD /year Series &… $96,590 – $171,743 a year
From Federal Government Jobs

*The Human Rights Campaign in D.C. is looking for a vice president of communications and marketing:

Vice President of Communications & Marketing
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – Washington, DC
seeks a senior communications and marketing specialist to direct all of HRC’s communications and marketing… communications, and internal communications. The…

*The FDA in Rockville is seeking a training and communications specialist:

Training and Communications Specialist
Food and Drug Administration – Rockville, MD
review training and communications standards Plan… communication consultation to leadership and stakeholder groups; planning and designing communication

*And last but not least, an investment research firm is seeking freelancers with business writing experience for occasional reporting and research assignments:

Freelance Reporting / Research Assignments for Investment Research Firm
An Investment research firm seeks current or former beat and/or trade reporters for freelance reporting/research assignments. Candidates should have a keen interest in anything consumer goods, retail, industrial, agribusiness, packaging, paper, health, medical products/devices – almost anything BUT financial services and biotech. The firm is only interested in your ability to quickly research an industry you know on a contract / project basis. This is likely to be occasional work. The firm, which is looking for a group of people who can be counted on, is a small shop with deep roots in financial journalism whose clients are institutional investors. Resumes can be submitted to and responses will be prompt.

Happy hunting on this winter’s day!



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