Can I get fired if my boss finds out I'm job hunting?
NEW YORK, NY -- In the U.S. you can get fired for job hunting or pretty much any reason as long as you're not fired for a discriminatory reason - and as long as you're not covered by an individual employment contract or a group contract, like a collective bargaining agreement. So in general yes, you can get fired if your boss finds out you're job hunting. However, many people worry more than they need to about this issue.
Why? They're afraid that just by applying for open jobs, somehow their boss will catch wind of their departure plans. That's pretty unlikely, unless you're applying for jobs in a very small industry where everybody knows everybody else. You have to be sure to alert every recruiter and hiring manager you interact with that your job search is confidential. Don't announce your job-hunting status on LinkedIn. If your boss asks you "Are you job hunting?" you can say "I always try to keep my network active."
When posting your resume online, be sure to use the job boards confidentiality settings and select the identity-revealing information that you want blocked out. Some boards enable you to set up an e-mail account with them so you don't have to reveal your real e-mail address. And to keep employers from contacting your current employer, substitute "confidential" or "current employer" for the name of your employer on your resume or resume-submission form.