Ep 4 - How To Job Search While Working Your Big 4 Job - Part 1
In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about some great tips to help you job search while busy working full time at your Big 4 job.
As you know I promise short and quick episodes for you as I know you all are busy, so I will be going over 4 of those tips today and 4 of them next week.
So Make sure you tune next week in as I’m saving my favorite tips for next week!
Find the full show notes for the episode at RecovingCorpholics.com/4.
Now, Looking for a job while still working has its advantages but it also has its disadvantages.
On one hand, you get to stay employed, which means you keep getting your paycheck. On the other hand, finding the time to apply and interview all while playing it cool and perform can be tough.
So how can you make job searching easier on yourself while working full time? Let’s get started with tip #1.
1. Update LinkedIn
The first tip is to update your LinkedIn profile. Even if you’re not sure what your next move is, it’s always better to have your LinkedIn profile updated.
You never know what employers are looking at you and may offer you a dream opportunity. I know when I was working at a Big 4, I would get at least 1-2 recruiting messages each week on LinkedIn as I always kept my profile updated.
Now, people are always looking for big 4 employees, so even if you just said Manager at Big 4, or whatever your title is, you may still get those messages but you get what I mean. Always show your value and what you bring to the table.
In reality, you should make reviewing and updating your LinkedIn profile a monthly/quarterly thing as changing your profile up dramatically can send signals to your employer and collogues that you’re ready to jump ship.
There are three quick tips I like to give with LinkedIn.
First, before you start editing away, make sure you turn off profile notifications so your updates aren’t shared with your network. Unless you are getting promoted, you don’t want to share that you updated your job responsibilities. That tells people right there you’re thinking of changing it up.
Second, don’t tag your profile ‘looking for new opportunities’. If you subscribe to LinkedIn (where you can see who viewed your profile), you can see who has this tag on their profile and you don’t want anyone to find out that you are looking for a job.
I know most of the Partners & Directors I worked with had this feature on their profile so just be smart and don’t add this tag unless you don’t care about people finding out.
Third, remember that you are still employed with your current job. Another dead giveaway you are looking for a new job is to change your profile so much that it may not match your current job at hand.
For example, maybe you’re a finance consultant and you want to break into the technology space. Highlighting tasks that you do only 10% of the time may send signals that you want someone to see you in a different light.
Now it’s OK to show this but this is just a tip to be cautious on what and how you share your information.
2. Keep your job hunt a secret at work
The second tip I have and what would seem obvious to some is to keep your job hunt or dissatisfaction at work to yourself.
Now you think you may do this but even the closet coworker can accidently spill the beans. What I’ve come to find that it is so competitive in the corporate world that if someone has a way to get ahead, they are going to use it. And if that’s not the case, there is just a lot of gossip that your secret ends up getting out one way or another.
And as soon as others know you want to leave, it’s like a small matchbook fire that spreads like wildfire. Every time you make a simple mistake, even if it was human error, is now due to you not wanting to be there anymore.
This could also affect your project status as well. Maybe they need to take someone off a project due to budget issues. Maybe they won’t staff you for a long-term project as they know they need someone who will be there. Whatever the case may be, keep your job hunt to yourself.
Now, if your Partner or Director does ask you if you are thinking of leaving, that may put you in a bit of a sticky situation. You don’t want to lie, but you also don’t want to put it all out there. Keep your response vague and always add a positive spin at the end.
It would sound something like this – “Me leaving? – I mean I get so many of those random LinkedIn messages but as of right now, my interest is staying here. I really like the team I’m working with and where I am headed. I really value my career here.”
Now since you don’t have an offer letter in hand and your interest is staying employed till you find a new job, you technically aren’t lying.
FYI, I tell you this as I have been asked before if I was thinking about leaving and I did tell the truth. It ended up horribly for 2 reasons.
First, The moment I told my boss I wanted to leave – and only to go to another line of service- I was alienated. I felt like everything I did wasn’t good enough and the work just kept piling up. Her tone was different with me. I felt like I was left out of meetings and important conversations.
And secondly, she didn’t support my choice and made it very clear. She made sure to tell me I’d never make it and honestly, it was very discouraging as I looked up to her. Working with her then became toxic to me and I couldn’t wait to not work with her anymore.
Now her dissatisfaction actually did help me because it drove me even harder to get that job. I’ve told this story in a previous episode but just for those who are new listening on, I really wanted to go from audit to consulting and this director of mine told me I would never make it. I only had a bachelor’s degree at that time and they all had MBA’s from respected universities and it was soul crushing to hear this from someone I looked up to.
Now this is just my opinion. If you feel like you can trust who you report to or have colleagues you know won’t spill the beans, that is your choice to tell them. But if you do, maybe just share you’re thinking about it vs telling them every little detail.
3. Be Smart on Social Media
My third tip is similar to not sharing your job hunt at work but goes further to say - be smart on social media.
You may be excited for an interview but don’t make an IG story saying ‘Wish me Luck’ and also don’t start trash talking your day or an event at work. You never know who is watching and reading your posts and sharing it with others.
Also, now is the time to clean on your social media and make sure you have a consistent brand across your network. And also to ensure your profile is on private if you don’t want anyone to see your posts.
4. Don’t publicly post your resume
The fourth tip I have is to be smart about where you upload your resume. I know you want to leave your big 4 job, I’ve been there, but don’t post your resume somewhere publicly where someone can find it. Big 4 recruiters are looking for candidates all the time and may stumble across your resume.
Be smart about how you apply.
Now those are the top 4 tips that I have for today. Next week I am going to share with you the next 4 tips I have, with them being my favorite!
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