Job Searching While Employed: Why does it feel so wrong?
Normally, I’m on the other side of the fence in this area. As a recruiter, I know how important it is to meet numbers, deadlines, and have the right team in place to do all of those things. I know the feeling of offering someone a job and then the day they’re supposed to start they inform me they’ve found employment somewhere else. I know the feeling of hiring someone while in the back of my mind knowing they’re still looking elsewhere. Maybe that’s why I feel so guilty about getting another job while I’m already employed somewhere, at a great company nonetheless. I’ve recently accepted another position with another company doing more of what I’m interested in. What I’ve learned through this whole process, though, is that you have to go after what you want in order to be truly happy. My current job opened doors for me that I never knew existed. I fell into the recruiting field by chance and I wouldn’t change a thing about my career path so far. My boss was gracious enough to mentor me in the most amazing way; there was not one boring moment during my time at the company and I was constantly learning something new. She also allowed me to branch out in the HR field and I was able to discover a true passion I didn’t know I had. Not everyone is lucky to experience that kind of support in a company, especially in something as intense as recruiting.
So, if you’ve got a great job that pays the bills but for some reason you aren’t 100% invested in your role, don’t be scared to look around, but also don’t be so quick to burn bridges. Do it the right way. Some people are lucky to have a good relationship with their employers/bosses where they can openly say “Hey, just a heads up, I’m going after this job,” and update them along the way. Others aren’t as fortunate and might have to “sneak around” so that they don’t put their current job in jeopardy. Regardless, go after what will make you happy. Feeling bad about leaving a position will be worth the satisfaction you feel later on in a career you love, and you’ll keep the great connections you made along the way.