5 Tips for Keeping Your DC Marketing Job Search Confidential

by Gaby Gramont

Washington’s Top Marketing and Communications Recruiters Offer Advice to Executives 

If you’ve got your eye on new marketing career opportunities in Washington, the strong marketplace makes this a good time to make a move.

But whether you’re exploring DC full-time marketing jobs or shifting toward contract communications work, the last thing you want is to inadvertently jeopardize your current role—especially if you’re an executive.

At TorchLight we regularly work with job candidates across all levels who are seeking new career opportunities while employed elsewhere. And that means discretion is key.

Our No. 1 piece of advice to DC marketing executives just starting a search and wanting to maintain confidentiality: Work with a recruiting firm that is well established and specializes in placing candidates at your level or within your field.

Fortunately, the Internet has made it much easier to connect job seekers with the people and resources to jump start your career search while still maintaining confidentiality and decorum.

Here are five things to get you started:

  1. Search the Internet for a trusted, well-reputed search firm that specializes in your industry or your roles at your level of expertise. You can find recruiters in your area by searching the Internet by specialty and location. Are they favorably endorsed by third parties through satisfied customers, earned credentials and industry awards?
  2. Build a relationship with a recruiter before you are desperate to make a career change. 
  3. Work with a recruiter who also can act as a trusted career advisor. A career move can be a major life decision, especially at the executive level, and working with the right partner is extremely important.
  4. Network, network, network. You need not divulge your career aspirations, but do stay in touch with your peers. You’d be surprised how frequently friends and former colleagues often make personal introductions. Keep your LInkedIN profile up to date, being sure to use keywords and terms unique to your role or industry so that a DC marketing and communications headhunter can easily find you.
  5. Consider smaller recruiters over the big ones.  A smaller firm often focuses on quality versus quantity of placements. At TorchLight we spend a lot of time getting to know both our candidates and clients, so trusted relationships are key to maintaining a discreet, professional search.

Looking for a new job can be a daunting venture, but with a little thoughtful preparation, it can be a rewarding and, dare we say, EXCITING process. We hope you find these tips helpful.

If you would like to explore new marketing and communications opportunities with one of our exciting Washington-based client companies, visit our job board or submit your resume, and one of our recruiters will be in touch to discuss your background.

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