There's no doubt that changing jobs is a big decision. In a turbulent market where there are high levels of anxiety and uncertainty, making a decision to change employers is bigger than ever.
But if you're still focussed on making that commitment to move forward with your job search when others possibly aren't, then it can be an opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
Here's some advice on how to ensure you make the right decisions with your job search and ways to adapt giving you the edge against the competition.
Be open minded
If you’re working alongside a recruiter, you should be working in a partnership with them. And, if this is the case, they’ll be able to run jobs past you that fit your requirements. However, try not to judge a job based on the advert or title alone - feel free to pick up the phone and discuss your concerns about a given opportunity, before completely dismissing it on the grounds of its wording.
Your recruiter will hopefully have met with the client, or at least had a detailed discussion with them, so they’ll be able to bring the job description “to life” and give you context to the role.
Remain true to your likes and dislikes. If certain duties within a role don’t excite or interest you, then don’t be afraid to say so. This should help your recruiter fine-tune their searches for you.
Again, this almost goes without saying, but is always worth bearing in mind. Speed is often an indicator of interest level. In the simplest terms, the quicker you respond to a recruiter (internal or agency), the faster they can act on your behalf.
If you’re serious about your job search, try to act quickly - whether this be adjusting a CV, providing references, liaising on your interview availability, or even signing and returning an employment contract.
Life can be busy at times, but try to make time in the day to return any calls and keep all parties updated.
In an ever changing recruitment world, the emphasis on technology is even greater so brush up your skills to telephone and video conferencing calls/interviews. Treat these as you would a typical face to face interview. Practice using the software and ensure you’re aware of how this all works well in advance of any interviews. Like anything, the more of these you participate in, the more comfortable you’ll become.
Ensure you know your CV inside out and take time to improve your CV. Ensure that you include key details of companies you’ve worked for to include turnover, industry, team size - but, most importantly, detailing any key achievements.
Even if you worked within a short-term temporary assignment, always try to outline and evidence the positive impact you had.
Take time to reflect on your current job, your next role and what you’d like this to be. Obviously salary isn’t everything, but know what you’d be prepared to accept. Be clear in your mind what is important to you enabling you to make the right decision when the time arises.
A trubulent market is unlikely to be as buoyant as it once was, so it’s important to remain upbeat and optimistic. Opportunities right for you will become available so it's essential to remain patient and, when the ideal opportunity does arise, making the most of your application.
Callum represents financial professionals of all levels, from AAT Trainee right the way through to CIMA, ACCA & ACA qualified level. If you’re seeking a new role, or would even just like some advice on the accountancy job market, please feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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