Please, please don’t tell your boss you are looking for a new job.
I know for many of you its uncomfortable. You hate feeling duplicitous and sneaking around behind their back. You believe that ‘honesty is the best policy.’
You aren’t doing anything wrong. Looking for a new position is not a crime, so why should you hide it?
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and it’s my gift to you. In almost all cases in my experience the situation at work changed after such confessions. It became much more difficult, uncomfortable, often confrontational and at times resulted in the confessor leaving before they had secured a new position.
Won’t happen to you?
You consider your boss a personal friend. In fact the closer you are the more important it is to remain silent. Some of the worst fall outs surround he hurt and betrayal felt from employees who thought they knew and could trust their boss to keep their intentions confidential.
They can’t, it’s not their job, they need to plan for your intended departure. They have their own agenda.
What if you don’t leave? Your frustrations and motivations are now under the microscope, your every move somehow scrutinised. It can become impossible to get flexibility to schedule the odd interview.
Think logically. The company wouldn’t hesitate to cut off your services if you were no longer required. Redundancies are a fact of life right now and being ‘friends’ with the boss won’t effect the selection criteria.
You must act professionally. Your work must not suffer because you are searching.
Your departure shouldn’t come as a complete shock to your line manager. Discussing your career prospects, development opportunities and progression is as much down to you as it is to them. Moving into a new organisation without exploring the opportunities in your current one is very short sighted.
Think twice before you discuss your intentions with colleagues.
It’s not that your search has to be so secret that no-one including recruiters and your close network don’t know that you are interested in hearing about opportunities. (More on this in a future post)
The ideal where possible is to leave your company on a high with the support of your colleagues, not resentment over the slack you may have created whilst you perhaps wound down and searched for your next opportunity. Remember you need a good reference and build bridges for a future you cannot foresee.
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Sarah Cooper has over 14 years Recruitment experience gained in both an internal and agency environment. As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy Ltd, specialist Finance and HR Recruiters, she is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today. Follow her tweets @approachmarket