The Undercover Job Search

Survey Shows Younger Workers Most Comfortable Job Hunting While Employed 
TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - They say the best time to look for a job is when 
you already have one. And, judging by a recent survey, many professionals are 
heeding this advice. More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of workers 
interviewed by Accountemps indicated they would not have a problem looking for 
new employment before leaving their current firm. 
Some employees may go as far as searching for a new gig while at the office. 
More than half (56 per cent) of survey respondents between the ages of 18 and 
34 said they are likely to conduct job-search activities at work. This 
compares to 46 per cent of professionals between the ages of 35 and 54 and 
only 24 per cent who are 55 and older who expressed a similar willingness. 
The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest 
specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping 
professionals, and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes 
responses from 261 Canadian employees 18 years of age and older who work in an 
office environment. 
Workers were asked, "How comfortable would you feel looking for a new job while 
still employed?" Their responses: 

             Very comfortable......................................... 46%      
                 Somewhat comfortable............................... 30%        
                Somewhat uncomfortable............................... 13%       
             Very uncomfortable........................................ 5%      
             Don't know/no answer.....................................  7%      
                    *Responses do not total 100 per cent due to rounding.

Workers were also asked, "How likely is it that you would conduct

activities -- such as searching for jobs online, exchanging emails with
or taking calls from recruiters, and submitting job applications --
while at work?" Their

responses, by age:
                                                  18-34 35-54 55+ Total

Very likely……………...   27%   15%  6%   19%

Somewhat likely…….....                  29%   31% 18%   29%

Not very likely……….....           18%   24% 43%   23%

Not likely at all……........             22%   30% 31%   27%

Don't know/no answer…                          4%    1%  3%    2%

"Changing jobs is not a decision to be taken lightly, so professionals should 
explore all options to improve their current situation before choosing to move 
on," said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing 
Operations. "If the best decision is to leave a position, it's important to be 
respectful of current employers by not using company resources for a job hunt, 
which is not only unethical but can also place the employee at a high risk of 
being caught."

Accountemps offers six tips to help professionals conduct a job search while 
still employed:

  1. Look at internal openings first. If you've outgrown your current
     role but are happy with your work environment, see if there are
     relevant openings within your company before looking elsewhere.
     When it comes to filling vacancies, many employers prefer internal

  2. Keep it to yourself. If you want to keep your job search a secret,
     don't mention it to anyone at work. Even the most trustworthy
     coworker could inadvertently spill the beans. It's best to stay
     mum until you announce your resignation.

  3. Play it safe when going online. Be careful when visiting job
     boards or using social media to conduct your search. A single
     status update could be enough to alert your employer. You can
     further minimize the risk of being caught by ensuring your privacy
     settings are tight and using services that mask your identity when
     posting your

  4. Be upfront with potential employers. Most hiring managers
     understand that you will need to make arrangements to communicate
     or meet outside of office hours. Schedule
     before or after work or during your lunch break.

  5. Focus on the details. If you work in a casual environment where
     jeans and sneakers are the norm, showing up in a suit following a
     job interview could reveal your intentions. Bring a change of
     clothes so nothing seems amiss.

  6. Partner with a recruiter. A
     professional recruitment agency
     is often your best bet when it comes to conducting a discreet job
     search. A recruiter can confidentially distribute your resume and
     identify relevant employment opportunities on your behalf.

About Accountemps

Accountemps is the world's first and largest specialised staffing service for 
temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The company has 
more than 345 offices worldwide and offers online job search services at

SOURCE  Accountemps 
Naz Araghian 416.350.2330 ext. 62132 
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