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Should you inform your boss when you look for a job?

May 31, 2017 19:15 IST
    Should you inform your boss when you look for a job?
    Should you inform your boss when you look for a job?

    What will happen? How will they react? What will they think about? Will the reasons help the pursuit? are these questions putting down your willpower and ambitions? It's because that have been seeking suggestions of your friends if you should tell your employer or boss that you're searching for a job in another organisation or company. In an organisation, a profession develops the relationships with co-workers, superiors, and seniors during the course of the time. It may be good, usual, or poor. Sometimes, it may be risky and harmful for a professional to disclose the future plans. As a professional, sharing the future plans with the co-workers could be harmless. After all, it requires a length of time, effort, and a considerable amount of maneuvering when one go to search for a job. During the rigorous job search, one has to attend phone calls, interviews, and negotiation talks with the HR or management team members of the organisation where one is eyeing for a job.

    There are few instances where it makes sense to inform the boss about searching of an another job. Here are the instances which we have discussed.

    Weigh Your Relationship

    Before taking a decision to inform boss that you are searching for another job, a professional should weigh out the relationship. Informing the boss or superiors without weighing out the closeness of the relationship may harm you in many ways. He might give a negative feedback to the organisation where you are looking for a job or make it hard for you to attend the phone calls, interaction, and interviews. Moreover, one should ascertain the nature of the boss to whom he/she wants to inform. There may be a supportive boss, who might support and encourage your move. So, one can let a boss know one is looking for another job if his/her boss possesses the supportive nature. The manager or boss who possesses supportive nature can help if a professional think he/she deserves to receive an offer and a reference. If one believes his/her superiors they might recommend him/her.

    Beware Of Hidden Or Unsuspected Danger

    A professional who is always surrounded by co-workers, superiors, seniors, and clients during routine work leaves many tasks, assignments, and projects incompleted if he/she leaves the job. So, the management of the organisation never wants to lose its employee. It keeps a close watch on the teams and its members. As a professional, one should ascertain the credibility of the person, co-worker, senior, and superior with whom he/she wants to share the future plans. One shouldn't share the confidential information unless he/she has a good relationship with the boss. One should try to inform the boss after the offer letter and appointment letter is signed.

    Don't Act Like You Are Looking For Another

    On should be cautious of what and how one is behaving while looking or having the opportunity of another job. One should avoid behaving in the way that can tip your future plans if he/she opts not to disclose the plans. One should attend the phone calls from outside the current office. Using the internet of current organisation for the job search may disclose your move, so try not to use the internet in your current office to search for another job. Taking a decision to tell the boss that one is looking for another job is a personal and case-by-case decision. Before disclosing anything, one should weigh the decision carefully and try to discuss the issue with trusted friends or co-workers.


    There are so many issues, like salary, work overload, growth and others which compels a professional to look for another job. But, a rigorous job search requires time, especially for attending phone calls, for having multiple interaction with employers or interviewer, and for preparations for the new role or responsibilities. The situation becomes complex and stressful when a professional tries to handle responsibilities of current job and initiates for another job. And telling the truth to boss might worse the already tensed situation. But, there are tricks, tactics, and ways to overcome withstand this complex situation, simultaneously.Sometimes, it may be wrong or right to tell your boss that you are searching for another job. It’s like expecting a positive output with a negative input. There are few instances where it makes sense to inform the boss about searching of another job. Here’re the suggestions for those who want to share the confidential information with their boss or superiors.

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