Generations ago, employee-employer partnerships weren't just fleeting or professional; they were built on deep personal, emotional bonds and were expected to last for decades, if not for life. When you landed a job, it meant you were guaranteed a steady income far into the foreseeable future. It also implied a certain bond of loyalty; you would go the extra mile for this company, and in return, your employer would do the same for you.
These days, as economic insecurity has decreased and job fulfillment has become more important to employees, monogamous work relationships are becoming more and more rare. Millennials, in particular, only expect to stay in a job for three years or less, reported Future Workplace's Multiple Generations @ Work survey,
So, if you are thinking about cheating on your job, you're not alone. That doesn't mean you shouldn't be wary of getting caught though. Here are a few tips to help you cheat and get away with it.
Keep your plans to yourself.
Keep your search under wraps—not because you feel guilty and not because you're doing something wrong: you aren't. But if your employers find out that your gaze is straying, they may hustle you out the door before you're ready. Stay in control of your destiny by zipping your lip.
Seriously, keep it zipped.
This doesn't just mean refraining from announcing your plans. Keeping a search off the radar takes effort. You'll have to network without looping in your coworkers or workplace friends (not easy). And you'll have to scan job boards and submit resumes without using your company email address, network, or phone. It might feel icky to sneak off to interviews using lies and excuses (yet another dentist appointment?), but this is par for the course. It's just a part of working life that your guidance counselors never warned you about.
Set clear boundaries.
If you don't want your potential employers to contact your current office, that's fine, and any legitimate hiring manager will understand this. Just be clear. It's okay to use phrases like "I'd rather you not contact my current employer," or "Please contact me using this specific phone number or address. Don't call me at work."
Two-timing can be a dangerous game.
If you decide to accept a part-time job, probationary work, or an independent contract position that doesn't interfere with your current job, that's fine (as long as it doesn't breach any contract you've signed with your full-time employer). What you do outside of company time is your own business. But again, it might be best to keep this to yourself. Like any aspect of your personal life, too much chatter can raise eyebrows, and your employer might not like the idea of sharing you. This could complicate your primary relationship, which is a risk you have to be prepared to deal with.
Two weeks notice is essential.
No matter who you decide to work for at any given point in your career, you absolutely must give two weeks notice before leaving your current employer. This can be a career-saving move as well as a standard professional courtesy. Let your employer have exactly two weeks of lead time before you walk out the door, and use this time to leave a lasting positive impression.
Great relationships can be long or short, and as the saying goes, the fact that they end doesn't make them any less great. Leave your employer whenever you choose. Just make sure you're leaving on your own terms and under positive circumstances. When you're ready to go, turn to the resume creation tools available on MyPerfectResume.