guide-to-finding-the-right-job Finding The Right Job


"Almost always, an employer is looking for someone who can function in the role straight away, so you need to consider your experience and qualifications."

 

Things to consider when looking for a job:




Position

Almost always, an employer is looking for someone who can function in the role straight away, so you need to consider your experience and qualifications.

  • Short list what areas you may be suited to considering your experience to date
  • Keep in mind that your experience may also qualify you for roles differing to your most recent position
  • Source a number of position advertised that interest you
  • Read the position description carefully to be sure that your experience and qualifications match the stated requirements
  • Look to see if training is offered in areas where your experience is not strong
  • Be sure it is a role you WANT to do

Organisation

It is important to give some thought to the environment in which you would prefer to work.

  • Are you happy and comfortable in a highly corporate office or would you rather the less formal environment of a manufacturing company?
  • Consider if you have a preference for working in a small organisation or a large organisation with 100+ staff
  • The internet offers an easy and reasonably thorough way to look at various organisations in a variety of industries, which will give an idea how different companies present themselves.
  • Looking up companies on the internet will also be advantageous in an interview to demonstrate that you have actively sought knowledge about the industry and more specifically the company, it's philosophy, products and culture. Although not always achievable, knowing these things could help you make decisions on the most suitable positions available to you.

Location

Most of us work 5 days a week and long hours and the addition of over an hour's travel can take a lot out of our home and family lives.

  • Think carefully about how far and by what means you are happy to travel to work.
  • Consider your location circle when you are ready to apply for positions. If travel is not your thing however - chances are you will soon tire of traffic and late nights. But if that position looks like the dream job it may be worth applying and crossing that bridge earnestly when you come to it.

Remuneration

We all know what we would like to earn, but you should also have a clear idea of what you will Accept!

  • Have a look at a number of online adverts to establish guidelines for what the market rate is at present and try to realistically set yourself at an achievable salary level within those guidelines.
  • Make sure that you are aware of all the elements that make up a package which could be offered for the position, such as super, car allowance, health benefits etc and include those in your calculations.

Compromise

What are you are willing to compromise?

  • Companies have budget restraints too and sometimes it seems economic to hire new staff on a lesser salary during the probationary period to ensure that the candidate and the company are compatible.

Will you consider a smaller salary to start?

  • If you really want the job, and are confident that you can perform the role well, it may be wise to accept, knowing that you will be well remunerated later. If this is the case, you must get the offer of probationary employment and the details of future reward IN WRITING. Any reputable Company will be happy to give you a written offer of employment

Recruitment consultancies

With daily experience of the job market and up-to-date market awareness, requirements and opportunities – in addition to the merits of different sectors – a recruitment consultant can offer objective careers guidance if you are unsure which route to follow.

Your consultant will listen to your aspirations, discuss your strengths and how to deal with any perceived weaknesses.

Having discussed with you which employers to approach on your behalf and what roles to pursue, your consultant will prepare an action plan,

advise you on how to deal with different situations and explain what to expect.

He or she will then access a database of client contacts and registered requirements, compile a list of possible or likely opportunities and begin the process of arranging interviews for you with relevant clients. For consultancies, market knowledge is crucial.

Some employers respond to CVs, others to personal recommendations but all require a tenacious and articulate consultant who can argue your case. Your consultant should be able to advise on interview technique, brief you fully on the role and company and debrief you following the interview. If you are keen, after further liaison with the employer, your consultant will arrange further interviews and attempt to convert the client’s positive thoughts into a firm offer.

Making the choice

Consultancies can offer far greater coverage than advertisements or personal contacts. They also smooth things along by presenting you in the best possible light at every stage, provide on-going support and advice and can 'make things happen' by encouraging employers to take decisions.

Objective career counseling will be provided as your consultant understands the roles you are likely to secure interviews for and attain success with.

Applicants are not charged for the recruitment consultancy services. Your consultant wants you to accept the best offer and is a valuable resource, which you should exploit to the full.

 

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