Etiquette for Job-hunting Shortly After Starting a Job?

Steve writes:
I just started a new job and I have quickly gotten the impression that the
position will go nowhere so I want to keep looking for another job but I
want to stay where I am until something else comes up. Is there any
etiquette I should be aware of and will it look bad in the future when I
apply to another position and have only spent a short time in my current
position?



The Career Doctor responds:
You are wise for so quickly realizing that this job and/or employer is
not right for you. Better to realize it sooner and better to do something
about it rather than dread going to work everyday! I hear from too
many job-seekers who hate their jobs and/or employers but seem
paralyzed to change the situation.
There is certainly no problem looking for new employment while currently
employed; it’s always a better situation to be working than not. As for
etiquette the only real issue is treating your current employer with respect
by scheduling job interviews around your work schedule and by giving
customary notice once you have accepted another job offer.
Before you start job-hunting might I also suggest you take a bit more time
to conduct research on your prospective future employers so that you don’t
fall into the same situation. By understanding the company’s culture by
researching career paths and by observing employees working you’ll
have a better understanding of whether you fit with the company. Even
better try to use your network of contacts to see if anyone you know or
they know works for the company — and get the inside scoop directly.
Finally before you start interviewing you better prepare a short answer to
the question that is inevitably going to be asked — why are you leaving
your job after such a short stint? Be careful how you craft your answer;
you don’t want to badmouth the company but you also don’t want to
appear that you made a hasty decision in taking the job in the first place.

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Steve writes:
I just started a new job and I have quickly gotten the impression that the
position will go nowhere so I want to keep looking for another job but I
want to stay where I am until something else comes up. Is there any
etiquette I should be aware of and will it look bad in the future when I
apply to another position and have only spent a short time in my current
position?



The Career Doctor responds:
You are wise for so quickly realizing that this job and/or employer is
not right for you. Better to realize it sooner and better to do something
about it rather than dread going to work everyday! I hear from too
many job-seekers who hate their jobs and/or employers but seem
paralyzed to change the situation.
There is certainly no problem looking for new employment while currently
employed; it’s always a better situation to be working than not. As for
etiquette the only real issue is treating your current employer with respect
by scheduling job interviews around your work schedule and by giving
customary notice once you have accepted another job offer.
Before you start job-hunting might I also suggest you take a bit more time
to conduct research on your prospective future employers so that you don’t
fall into the same situation. By understanding the company’s culture by
researching career paths and by observing employees working you’ll
have a better understanding of whether you fit with the company. Even
better try to use your network of contacts to see if anyone you know or
they know works for the company — and get the inside scoop directly.
Finally before you start interviewing you better prepare a short answer to
the question that is inevitably going to be asked — why are you leaving
your job after such a short stint? Be careful how you craft your answer;
you don’t want to badmouth the company but you also don’t want to
appear that you made a hasty decision in taking the job in the first place.

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