PORTLAND -- So you're looking for a new job. But, how do you keep your employer from finding out without losing the job you have?

First of all, it's probably easier to find a new job when you already have one. You don't want to jeopardize that. Keeping your job search to yourself and from your current employer can be difficult, but ultimately it's up to you.

I was a little nervous about who I wanted to talk to about my search, one job-hunter told KGW.

Cory Mlady, a recruiter with Boly-Welch in Portland knows firsthand. He wanted to work there but, he already had a job.

Portland is small, organizations you work for are small, things can spread pretty quickly, he said.

Mlady said if you're searching for a new position, it's best to keep it a secret.

[I started by] Testing the waters, which is what I did, and actually reached out to Boly-Welch, I think the same way anyone else should and say 'hey, what's out there,' explained Mlady.

But, with so much of yourself out there on Facebook, Linked-in and Foursquare, keeping a job search private can be tough.

If you are a professional and you're looking for a job you should always be careful what you post out there, noted Heather Gordon, a recruiter with Boly-Welch.

Social media can work both as a great way to network to let folks know you're looking, but it can also come back to bite you.

Social media is a publishing mechanism, and whatever you put out there is going to stay out there, said Joshua Waldman, author of Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies.

For example, friending your boss or other co-workers might not be the best idea.

Social networking and on social media, everyone can see your activity, said Mlady.

Keep in mind networking is different than job searching. Networking is about connecting with other professionals sharing career goals. Never bad mouth your company or boss. And be careful where you send your resume.

Applying to Craigslist ads that don't even list the name of the company or organization, you don't know where that's going. That is scary, said Mlady.

And finally, keeping your job search to yourself might just be the best advice of all. It comes down to asking yourself the question, Who do you trust?

I think co-workers, a lot of times you feel like you can trust your co-workers, you can tell them, but too often than not, they'll mention something. 'So and so's not happy,' that gets back to a manager and that will come back.

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