Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Job Hunting?

The last couple of days have been pretty miserable haven’t they; grey sky, rain, hail and wind. Like most of you, I have ditched flip flops for my boots and the winter work tights are out!

The employment market, like the weather, is also changing, but happily for the positive. Contacts of mine in the recruitment industry tell me that there is a more healthy balance between vacancies and candidates. In fact in sectors such as IT, the market is buoyant and lots more vacancies are being advertised. Even in a confident employment market, it is vital that any information a recruiter puts forward about you is an accurate reflection of your skills and qualities. Anyone acting on your behalf should be crystal clear about the kind of organisation you wish to work for and the kind of role you want to be considered for.

Here are some tips to help you avoid some of the frustrations and pitfalls of job hunting.

– Make sure your CV is first class quality

– Select recruiters carefully. Choose agencies that specialise in your field

– Prepare your competencies carefully and thoroughly

– Be crystal clear about ‘the essence of you’. In other words, be clear what you stand for and what is important to you about your field of work and your career as a whole

– Be clear about your criteria and conditions for your next role

– Don’t be afraid to say no. Even during the research phase, if a role or organisation does not feel right, listen to you instincts

If any of the above is difficult for you to answer, you might want to consider booking a free consultation with me. When working with someone who is objective about your situation, it will be much easier for you to get clear about what you really want, and to stop those perennial barriers.

So if the time is right, drop me an email or give me a ring.

My best wishes

Andrea

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