I'm an analyst at an economic consulting firm that has been actively searching for a new job. Anyone who has been in this position will know that looking for a new job can almost be a full time job in itself, given how much time it can take to network, look for good job postings, and get your resume out there.
Analysts at my firm are expected to move on to something else (usually business school) within 2-4 years, but I've still been hesitant to tell too many people about my possible impending departure. I'm not in a tremendous rush to leave, and don't want everyone to know that I'm planning to jump ship just in case nothing pans out immediately.
I've followed what I think are some simple, basic rules in my search so far:
- Schedule interviews in the morning, before work if possible. This way I can simply come in a bit late and drop my off at home before coming into the office.
- Tell only a trusted manager who I've worked closely with and who wants me to be happy with a good position (doubles as a potential reference).
- Go outside to a park across the street for phone screen interviews during the day--I'd rather not do that in my office.
Nothing special, of course, though I'm lucky in that my schedule is flexible and I don't need to be too careful. But, I'm curious to hear how other monkeys have handled the job search, especially while working at companies where it isn't expected that you'll leave after a few years. Does anyone have tips for best practices, things to avoid, or things to keep in mind?