Are you searching for a new job? Yes, so should you tell your boss or not?

Here is the answer to this dilemma commonly faced by employees.

1. Evaluate your relationship

Before doing something you may regret, it is advisable to take some time to evaluate the nature of your relationship with your boss. If you have a supportive boss, you can let him or her know you’re looking for more or different responsibilities, and together you can explore every possible opportunity internally.

2. Beware the pitfalls

Unless you have a good relationship with your boss, it is advisable not to share the news. Also, consider that you could end up in a “devil you know is better than the one you don’t” scenario, and the job you have may seem pretty good when compared with others once you start looking. If that turns out to be the case, you’ll be glad you haven’t spilled the beans.

3. Don’t tell by showing

If you opt not to tell your boss you’re thinking about making a move, be sure not to do anything that could easily tip your hand. In short: Don’t use your company’s Internet to look for a new job (many employers track usage), and if you need to make or take a call, do it on your cell phone from outside the building.