Apparently lots of companies are paying workers to search for other jobs while at their current one.
In fact, the busiest days for job hunting activities are all during the work week, according to data provided by job site SimplyHired.com. The absolute peak time for job searching on SimplyHired and Indeed.com? 11 a.m. on Mondays, the two companies report.
That's not the case for people using their cell phones to look for jobs. Those people are more likely to hit the job boards after hours -- more specifically, Tuesdays between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to Indeed.
And because no one wants to look for a new job on the weekends, Saturday is the day when job-seekers are the least likely to hunt, SimplyHired found.
Not only do employees job hunt while at work, they admit to doing it too. Nearly three-quarters of workers say they look at job sites often or at least sometimes while at work, according to a survey from Right Management cited by Businessweek.
Surprised employees are looking for a new job? Don't be. Nearly two-thirds of workers say they're unhappy at work, according to Right Management. And that on-the-job job hunting could be costing companies big time: Distractions at work cost businesses an average of $10,375 per employee per year, according to PayScale.
All that said, don’t think you can be obvious with your hunt just because everyone is doing it. It’s human nature for your bosses and your co-workers to treat you differently if they find out you’re looking for another gig, recruiting experts told the Wall Street Journal.
Here are some common mistakes to avoid: Suddenly updating career information on the Internet, opting out of social gatherings with your co-workers, a string of medical appointments and coming to the office dressed nicer than usual, according to the WSJ.