How to Keep Your Job Search Secret and Still Tap Your Network

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
You don’t want people to find out you’re looking for a new job except those who might be able to help you. How can you keep the fact that you’re job hunting secret and still ask your network for help?

[00:00] Introduction
[00:48] What to do on LinkedIn
[01:31] How to message people
[02:10] Using personal devices and accounts
[02:48] Inform your references
[03:13] Easily find the perfect people
[03:30] Outro

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Hi, I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and people hire me for no BS career advice globally. That could involve a job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, help with resolving workplace issues or help with a career transition– you know, the totality of you and what constitutes your career. Now, I thought I would do a video, there’s, this is a problem, I hear from people all the time, about what to do when you want to keep your job search confidential, but obviously want to tap into your network. So here are five things that you can do.

The first one is on LinkedIn. You go to your privacy settings and under visibility, there’s an option there that says ‘notify connections about changes or share profile updates with your network. That’s the one! And make sure it’s in the position of off when you are making changes to your LinkedIn profile. This avoids people who are at your current firm from being notified that you’ve making changes, because that’s one of those little indicators that people know that signals that you might be looking for a new job.

As a result, what you can do is, instead of sending out a blanket email or a LinkedIn message to your entire network, what you can do is start reaching out to specific individuals who you trust, and who might be able to help you with your search with less of the fear of people knowing about it. Now, again, once you’ve made the changes to your profile, you can turn that feature back on, just in case. Okay. So first, it’s turning off notifications to network, then it’s reaching out to people individually.

So the next thing, number three, is the idea of using personal email, and phones for your communications. After all, if you’re worried about an employer finding out that you’re job hunting, using your personal email account makes perfect sense. Not picking up your mail on company computers, not picking up your mail on a company phone. Using a personal device instead. It just makes it less likely that servers are going to be notified that you’re communicating with other firms.

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Number four is let your references now. And if you’re planning to use someone as a reference, they could wind up being part of your network, and you want to be able to reach out to them and see if they might be able to help you. As a result, these are simple things that you can do that really start off with maintaining your anonymity.

But, at the same time, networking with people who might be in your phone, might be in your personal email or from professional dealings from your past, who might be able to help you with your search, and make it less likely for you to be uncovered.

So I hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. Visit my website,, where you can schedule time for a paid coaching session with me. If you’ve got individual questions, you know, a group of questions that you might want to ask me, I’ve got a function there called Trusted Advisor Services. The sessions and trusted advisor services can be scheduled at my website,

You can also go to the blog; there’s a ton of great information there that will help you. Plus you can find out about my courses, books and guides. Again, that website is And if this isn’t the right time for you to go there, take your phone out, put that address in there and maybe put in ‘career coaching’ in the notes field. This way you can find me in the future. Lastly, connect with me on Linkedin at

Have a terrific day and most importantly, be great!

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. He is hired to provide No BS Career Advice globally. That can involve job search, hiring staff, management, leadership, career transition and advice about resolving workplace issues. Schedule a discovery call at my website,

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2500 episodes.

I do a livestream on LinkedIn, and YouTube (on the account) Tuesdays at 1 PM Eastern. You can send your questions about job search, hiring better, management, leadership or to get advice about a workplace issue to me via messaging on LinkedIn or in chat during the approximately 30-minute show.

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