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How to Search for a New Job Without Your Boss Knowing

Joel Lee 28-08-2015

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The answer: anonymous job searches.

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An anonymous job search keeps you safe and unidentifiable. It may not be as quick or flexible as a traditional online job search, but the added layer of security makes sure that you aren’t unnecessarily giving out personal information. Believe it or not, there are online tools that can help you do just that.

White Truffle

White Truffle is a talent-matching service that aims to help tech workers get hired by best-fit companies. Instead of sending your resume Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume Whether you just graduated, are returning to school or are looking for a new job, within or outside your career, you need a resume. But not just a resume. You need a great resume. One... Read More to hundreds of potential employers, White Truffle uses a proprietary algorithm that finds employers for you.

Here’s how it works: You create a White Truffle account and fill in work-related details like employment history, current location, and skillsets. When the system finds a match, you get an inbox notification and get to decide if you want to connect with your matched employer.


The employer doesn’t get any of your information unless you approve the match, so you can have that peace of mind of being private and out of the public’s eye.

As a Candidate, you can use White Truffle completely for free. The service makes its money from the companies and businesses that use White Truffle to find workers like you, so you will never have to pay any fees or subscriptions.


Anthology, which was formerly known as Poachable, is very much like White Truffle in that its aim is to match skilled tech workers with reputable tech companies. Member data and employer data is always kept private here.

Here’s how it works: As a Member, you fill out some information regarding your past experience, future career goals, life priorities, expectations, and preferences. Anthology then matches you with employers based on advanced algorithms.


Two things elevate Anthology above White Truffle. First, they have a curation team that goes through every algorithm result to make sure that matches meet their standards. Second, even though you approve a match, the employer must also approve the match before an introduction is made.

As such, Anthology is definitely more specific and narrowed down. This means that your job search may take a little longer than expected, but once a match is found, there’s a good chance you’ll be happy with it.

The Basic account is free and allows up to 3 leads per month. The Pro account offers advanced features like professional curation, unlimited leads per month, and a 90-day guarantee. The free for a Pro account is 8% of your first-year salary when you land a job.


Invisume, which is a combination of “invisible” and “resume”, is a service that lets you create a private employment portfolio that companies can use as a basis for hiring.


Here’s how it works: Once you create your 15-minute portfolio, Invisume will send you an email whenever they find a 100% match. Companies will not match with you if even one detail is off. As such, it’s the ideal tool for finding your perfect job.

The downside is that it can take a while to find 100% matches. Don’t expect to receive weekly notifications. In fact, the website specifically indicates that this is a service for people who are already employed, presumably because it could take a while to find success.

For job watchers, Invisume is free. They make their money from companies who make successful matches. One huge benefit is that Invisume is invite-only for partnered companies, which guarantees job quality and virtually eliminates scams.

As of now, Invisume focuses mainly on sales and account managers and will eventually expand to other fields like marketing professionals and sales engineers. However, you can always let them know your desired positions to nudge them in the right direction.



As the name suggests, Poachee is for currently-employed tech workers who want to be poached by another tech-related company. Using an anonymous profile means you’ll be hired based on your merits and preferences and nothing else.

Here’s how it works: In your profile, you describe your current position, the kind of position you’re looking for, and a message to recruiters which can include anything from what motivates you, what distinguishes you, or even special conditions (like not working on Sundays).

You never even input your name or any other private details except for one email address, which is where notifications are sent. Poachee is free for job seekers.

The one downside, depending on where you live, is that Poachee seems to be heavily centered in Germany and surrounding countries like Austria and Switzerland, but the number of U.S.-based roles are on the increase.

Which Service Do You Prefer?

Again, it should be noted that these anonymous job search services are relatively young compared to mainstream alternatives like LinkedIn, Monster, and Indeed. The volume of jobs is much smaller, so don’t use them if you need a job right away.

However, if you’re in a comfortable spot and you can wait a few months before being matched with your dream job, then these anonymous job poaching sites will probably work out quite well for you — and you might just end up earning a better salary 5 Salary Comparison Tools for Your Next Job Search Read More .

Did any of the services stick out to you? Do you have any previous experience with them? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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  1. Zhong
    August 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    You may need to update this article as White Truffle implemented a subscription based model.

    • Joel Lee
      August 29, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Yeah we'll look into updating it if we can. Thanks for the heads up, Zhong!

  2. Anonymous
    August 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Are these websites suitable for candidates with limited experiences?

    • Joel Lee
      September 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Zhong. Could you elaborate on what you mean by "limited experiences"? Some of the sites have a specific target audience (like programmers). But if you fit the target audience, you should try it out no matter how limited your skills are. Worst case scenario, nobody matches with you. There's no downside as long as you stick with the free sites.

      • Anonymous
        September 2, 2015 at 10:17 pm

        I'm referring for people who are pursuing their careers with no "real" experiences besides as a hobby. So I don't have a job in an IT field but as a hobby from learning computer systems and having hands on experience with them, how will employer view this as? Since they would want something to reference too, such as a company or colleague.