Does Your Job Search Need To Be a Secret?


By Rich Bond

With many people working from home all or part of the time, it seems easier to discreetly look for a new role.

But based on my experience, having your boss find out you are looking isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

After two-plus years in a corporate role, my boss at Seagram found out I was interviewing for other jobs and called me into his office and threatened to fire me.

I told him, go ahead; I will find another role.  I had already turned down several offers that weren’t appreciably better than my role at Seagram.

I continued by saying I really did want to stay at Seagram, but I am looking because the company has not fulfilled the promise they made to me when I was hired that at the end of two years I could move into a role in one of the operating businesses.

My boss stammered and got red in the face.  Two weeks later, I was offered a job with one of the operating units.  I stayed at Seagram for 11 years and had seven different jobs, in part because my boss found out I was looking for a new role.

I’d love to hear if anyone else had a similar experience.

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