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If you are looking for a new job but have not left your old one, there is always a risk your boss is going to find out you are job hunting. If your boss discovers your efforts to move on to greener pastures, you need to be prepared to respond and address the situation head on.

If your boss has found out you’re looking for your next job while still on the payroll, you should:

Have a transparent conversation with your boss

Your boss is probably going to ask you why you are leaving. You do NOT want to launch into a litany of complaints, as this could lead to immediate termination and could result in you burning your bridges. You do, however, want to explain in a polite and appropriate way what is motivating you to move on. The issue could be one that your boss is able and willing to correct to keep you at your current position.

Be prepared to be evaluated more closely going forward

If your boss lets you stay on while you search for a new job, you are likely going to be watched like a hawk to make certain you are still acting in the best interests of the company and giving your job your all. Make sure you don’t do anything that could be misconstrued as not being committed to your company’s success, even as you plan to move on.

Recognize the risk that you may be terminated

There is a chance your employer will fire you immediately once they find out about your job search. There’s really nothing you can do if this happens, unless you had an employment contract, as you are likely working as an at-will employee who can be fired for any non-discriminatory reasons.

Consider what will happen if you get offered a raise or promotion

Your boss may offer you more money and better perks to stay on. You should be prepared in case that happens so you can decide what you want to do.

Unfortunately, this situation is always going to be an awkward one. The sooner you find new work, the less likely it is you will have to deal with working for a boss who knows you’re looking to leave. Vanguard Staffing can help you to jumpstart your job search so you can find a new position as quickly as possible. Contact us today to find out more about how our full-service staffing professionals can assist you in your quest for work.

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