So you've hit the new year and, just like a lot of people, you've decided that a change is as good as a rest and it's time for a new job. However, we are now in a time of an increasingly crowded job market with just under 4% of the country unemployed. So how do you find your new role? Or more importantly, how do you find the RIGHT role for you?
Finding a new job is a specialist occupation. You may want to upload your CV to a CV database, however the likelihood is that you will be contacted by a recruiter.
So you've now got your expert, right? Not necessarily. An expert is somebody who devotes their time to one discipline. You wouldn't employ a plumber to rewire your house just because they're willing to have a go and see what happens! Make a sensible choice. Recruiters will be great sales people but what matters most is their connections and dedication to the area in which they work. They should always be willing to meet you to get an idea of what environment you would best thrive in. Meeting a candidate should be a part of the job, not going above and beyond! As a specialist in Accountancy Practice I would not dream of pretending I can find you a job in IT. I would simply refer you to my colleague who is a specialist in IT roles who can help you much better than I could. Find a recruiter who puts your interests above all.
Why are you looking for a new role? Motivators are wide and varied and include, salary, commute time and culture of the business. However, the number one reason for leaving a role is the need for a new challenge. The most important thing to know is what comes with that new challenge. Do you want to progress within an organisation, do you want to move closer to home, do you want a more flexible work/life balance? Knowing all of these will help you to make a better informed decision and avoid wasting time on things that aren't right for you. Also, be aware that perfection often doesn't exist and it helps to be realistic about these options. If you are working with a recruiter they should be consultative in this capacity and help you make informed choices using their knowlegde of the market.
Time to admit it. We've all put the standard cliche's into our CV's. "Works well individually or as part of a team" or "Hard working" or "keane eye for detail" (see what I did there!?). These are all things that are expected of you. There is no point telling an employer that you are a hard worker as surely that is a standard prerequisite of any job role. If you are not hard working you aren't getting into somebody's business anyway.
So how do we stand out from the crowd of bland and cliched CV's? I have known IT candidates write their CV's in Code and Marketing candidates produce a video CV to sell themselves. But, for those of us who aren't so tech savvy, simply tell an employer what they want to know. What were your key achievements in your previous role? How did you go above and beyond to help a client? How can you demonstrate that you have added value to your previous employer? These things are the key to getting noticed and standing out.
Congratualtuions, you've made it to the interview stage. This is the bit where you sit and get interrogated by a prospective employer for an hour and walk out not knowing where you stand. INCORRECT. An interview is a two way process and should be treated as such. If you have done your research on the company you should have a list of relevant questions that you can ask during the interview. More than ever, employers realise that it is them that must appeal to candidates and to do so are prepared for questions from the candidate. It goes back to the theme of making people stand out. Asking interesting, well-informed questions make the employer realise that you have done your due dilligence and would be an asset to the company.
Nothing that has been said in this article is new or grounndbreaking stuff but there is a tendency to forget what to do when making a decision on a new career. Perhaps the most essential thing is to consult an expert in the market who understands the landscape of the industry.
For any other information on a new role please feel free to contact me on (01482)974960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at SG Financial Recruitment we recruit in roles for Practice Accountancy and Industry Finance at all levels. To help direct you to the correct person please see below;
Matt Scarr - Accountancy Practice - email@example.com
Georgia Would - Industry Finance Roles (Up to £40k salary) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Becki Moore - Senior Industry Finance (£40k salary and above) - email@example.com
Or call the office on (01482) 975960