While looking for a job in ANY situation is fairly challenging, at least in recent years, there’s an extra degree of difficulty that takes place when you’re searching for employment confidentially — and can’t afford to let your current employer catch wind of this news!  In such situations, job hunters have to be extremely careful about how they promote themselves and must decide what degree of risk they’re willing to accept in order to give themselves a legitimate shot at finding a new (and presumably better) opportunity.

Along these lines, I was recently interviewed by a writer for HotJobs.com who asked me to share some tips for how professionals should approach a job search campaign in these situations.  In response, I sent my top five thoughts along related to this topic, which they fashioned into the short article you’ll find by clicking here.

Hopefully, those of you who are “on the hunt” while fully employed will take away at least a few useful thoughts from this article, and anybody who wants to discuss this issue in even more detail is certainly welcome to give me a call.  The process is certainly a trickier one to navigate than that of somebody able to hunt for employment in the full light of day, so to speak.  And while many companies have demonstrated to their workers the hard way that their jobs are less permanent, stable, and guaranteed than in years past, I think the consequences for perceived disloyalty (e.g. an employer gets wind one of their employees is on the prowl for a new assignment) are pretty much the same as they’ve always been — meaning that if the average boss finds out somebody that works for them has a wandering eye, certain consequences are likely to take place, up to and including instant termination!

So just some food for thought, at the very least, for those who have found themselves in this delicate situation.

As for an even HARDER scenario a few of my clients are currently facing?  I find that one of the most challenging job hunting situations of all relates to an individual who is self-employed, and needs to keep their network fully engaged from a referral and cash flow standpoint, but who also needs to start a simultaneous search to locate more traditional employment.  These cases are always the most sensitive, and require an even shrewder game plan, since they cut out the networking channel almost completely as a source of potential leads.  Would you continue sending referrals along to a financial planner, real estate agent, or consulting professional who you knew was in an untenable situation and likely to close up shop any day to take a new position, somewhere else?  You get the idea…

All told, these various situations just underscore one of the key points I’ve always made about job hunting, which is that “one-size-fits-all job” hunting strategies or formulas don’t usually cut it.  Each person’s situation is, at one level, unique — and customization is key, whether you’re designing a marketing plan for your business or one for yourself as a professional seeking new opportunities!