Magazine article Working Mother

HAVE A BETTER Workday

Magazine article Working Mother

HAVE A BETTER Workday

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Looking for a new 9-to-5 is never easy, but when you're already employed it can be particularly tricky. Search for a new spot without messing up the one you have with tips from rita Friedman, a certified career coach in Philadelphia.

Keep it covert. If your usual work attire consists of jeans and sweaters, you'll raise serious fashion flags if you show up in a this-is-my-job-interview power suit. Instead, schedule interviews for before and after office hours. If midday meet-ups are a must, try to arrange a few for the same day and take a personal day off.

Keep it quiet. You gab every day at lunch with office mates, but leave convos about your job search offthe table. Not only can they shake up collegial camaraderie by weakening overall office morale, but someone might spill your secret-or even start vying for your position while you're still there.

Keep it professional. It might be tempting to post your new-job intentions on LinkedIn or browse job boards during the day. But you should avoid broadcasting your search or conducting it during office hours. You still need to show respect to your company and supervisor-and appreciate the work you have now.

Party Smarty

You're there for the crab cakes and cocktails. but holiday office parties can also be an excellent opportunity to network, says ellen Harte, special events planner for Tasty Catering, a Chicago-based catering and events planning company. Spend at least an hour at the party to make your presence known and show company spirit. Conduct yourself professionally by dressing appropriately for a work party, limiting your intake of the heavily spiked eggnog and not gossiping about your boss or the company. …

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