So you have decided that for whatever reason it is time for that change. Maybe your job is not challenging anymore, perhaps you cannot see any career progression opportunities, you are bored, or maybe you feel you’re not being paid enough. There is a multitude of reasons why you may decide that it’s time to go elsewhere in search of opportunity.
How do you go about finding your next job?
1)Clean up your old CV– Focus on your last 10 years of work experience, job titles, education and achievements. Ensure everything is uniform and forget about the fancy diagrams and graphic designs unless this is your area of work. This will make it much easier for line managers and recruiters to read and edit your CV going forward.
2)Target your preferred companies– Decide on what companies you would like to approach directly. This is totally down to you. In general, there should be a compelling reason(s) to want to work for this company. Can you see yourself in this company in a few years’ time?
3)Identify two reputable recruiters in your market space that will make your job search easier and may also link you to companies and jobs you do not know about. Try to use a recruiter that has been referred to you or choose a strong recruitment brand in the marketplace. Find out the clients they work with and decide are these attractive to you. Recruiters often have an inside track on roles and have direct access to line managers. Two recruiters are preferable than many. As a result, it will be easy to keep track of where your CV has gone and ensure that your CV is not being released without your permission.
3)Tailor your CV– It is crucial that your CV is tailored to the job specification. Ask your recruiter if you are unsure if your CV fits the job spec in question. First impressions are critical so focus on your strengths and achievements
5)The interview- So you have identified your target companies and selected two recruiters to work with, so hopefully the interviews have started to roll in. Your recruiter should bring you in for a mock interview and give you feedback on this. They should offer feedback on your interview. Take advantage of this and be open to criticism. This could be the difference in you landing your dream job.
6)Offer and Acceptance- This may be obvious, but always make sure you are happy with your contract and it is signed before handing in your notice. Nobody wants to be left in between jobs for any reason. I would always advise against counter offers. Unless money is your sole motivation for leaving, chances are you will be back on the job market again very soon.
As always, make sure your reasons for a moving on are the right ones. If now is the time for your next move, we have consultants to suit most industry needs. For expert advice call Abrivia on 01531320 and we will direct you to a recruitment professional in your area.