Job hunting tips in a turbulent market

There’s no doubt deciding to start job hunting is a big decision. In a turbulent market where there are high levels of anxiety and uncertainty, deciding to change employers is bigger than ever.

But if you’re still focused on making that commitment to job hunting when others possibly aren’t, then it can be an opportunity to stand out from the crowd.   

Here’s some job hunting tips 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.

Be responsive 

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.

Be receptive 

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.

Be productive 

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 including turnover, industry, and 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.

Be reflective 

Take time to reflect on your current job, your next role and what you’d like this to be. Salary isn’t everything, but know what you’d be prepared to accept. Be clear in your mind about what is important to you enabling you to make the right decision when the time arises.

Be positive 

A turbulent 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, make the most of your application.

If you’d like any help with your job hunting, don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our team!

Callum is an Associate Director in the Accountancy division of Harvey John.

He represents financial professionals of all levels, from AAT Trainee right the way through to CIMA, ACCA & ACA qualified levels. 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

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