5 September 2019
Should you tell your boss you’re applying for other jobs?

This question has probably been asked numerous times. Gone are the days where you could sneak out of work for a ‘dentist’ appointment to attend an interview. Especially now that companies have adopted a more casual dress code. You would raise a few eyebrows if you were to rock up on a Friday suited and booted when your usual attire consists of trainers and jeans. Is there any benefit to telling your boss that you are considering leaving the position?

Interviewing for a new job while employed can often feel like you are cheating on a partner. All the sneaking around and secret phone calls in the toilet cubicle can make most of us feel uneasy. But what’s the alternative? Quit your job before finding another? Insist on interviewing outside of your work hours?

‘The key is to pay attention to how your employer has handled other employees who resign’

The answer depends on the company culture and the relationship you have with your employers. Some employers, especially in smaller family run businesses take it personally when a member of staff leaves. Other employers may think you are calling their bluff to achieve a promotion or a pay rise. The fear you run by telling your employer too soon is that you will be treated differently. Until you have secured a new place and have a contract signed, you may run the risk of losing out on training, support and interesting tasks.

Throughout your career, people will tell you to never burn any bridges. However, despite your best intentions, some business relationships may end sour regardless of how amicable the departure may be. Employers are aware of the new age where people hop from one job to another in order to gain progression and job satisfaction faster.

The key is to pay attention to how your employer has handled other employees who resign. Are people shown the door immediately? Pushed out earlier than they would have otherwise planned to leave? If so, assume the same may happen to you, and give two weeks and nothing more.

If you end up deciding that you shouldn’t risk being candid, the usual options when you have to take time off for an interview are to say you have an “appointment” or “something personal that you need to take care of.” Those aren’t lies, but they don’t share details that you’re not obligated to share.

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