Happy New Year, Happy New Career? Kickstart your 2022
5th January 2022
The festive break usually leads to reflection and for many New Year often means new beginnings, which is why January and February are the most popular months of the year for job seekers and employers alike. If you’re a candidate looking for your next step this New Year, here are a few tips to help make the process more efficient – this is not an exhaustive list more a guide in the areas we find many people find most challenging.
1.Make your CV standout
January is often a time for reflection and making new resolutions, that means that whilst you have made the decision to start afresh and look for a new career, potentially so have many others, which is why it’s vital that you make your CV stand out from the rest. Read our next blog to help your CV stand out.
2. Be Prepared
So, your skills and experience has been noticed and you’ve been invited to interview. Self-doubt can quickly sabotage a job search, and whilst believing in yourself is beneficial, the best way to develop confidence is to prepare thoroughly. Seek out friends or organisations you can practice and prepare for interviews with. At Linea we work pro-actively with our candidates at interview stage using a variety of methods from virtual interview practice to in-depth guides.
Prepare your journey (if applicable) and your questions about the role beforehand. Finally, remember – research, research, research! The more knowledge you have about the company and the people you are meeting with the more equipped you are to succeed at interview stage. Be sure to communicate regularly the employer or agency regarding where you are in your search and what your priorities, needs and wants look like.
3. Accepting an Offer
Be clear with yourself what you will except in terms of financial reward, career opportunity, job content, location and work flexibility. You may very well be waiting to hear back from numerous interviews at once and it makes sense to create a score card to evaluate each offer against your wants and needs. In the current climate of acute skills shortages, organisations are focused on not missing out on talent and may well place short timescales for you to accept their offer. This is not unusual, don’t be pressured to accept an offer until you are totally happy, score the offer and be open with the organisation or agency on your situation and timescales. Never resign your current position until you have written confirmation of an offer of employment and have seen sight of the contract of employment. The vast majority of verbal offers translate 100% to the written offer however over the years we have seen occasions where the two do not match up, the small print in the contract of employment is of concern or the organisation suddenly places hiring on hold leaving candidates out in the cold or starting a new role in less than ideal circumstances. If you have concerns about paperwork be open with the employer and let them know what your concerns are, their response will give you a good insight to that working with them will be like.
4. Gut Feeling
For all the scoring in the world we sometimes have a gut feeling, sometimes explainable and sometimes not. As a human being our subconscious senses are highly tuned. Its not irrational to listen to them and discuss them with your nearest and dearest, trusted friends and if appropriate the employer or agency. Above all else be upfront with the employer what your concerns are as they may well have employees who have felt similar concerns and flourished with them
5. The Resignation
For most people their resignation is one of the hardest conversations they have had recently and this is no surprise given the amount of time you spend and invest in the workplace. As with most difficult situations preparing in advance makes for a better outcome. Write your interview letter ahead of the meeting and have it with you – try to be as diplomatic and positive as possible, short and sweet is best, you can find great templates on most of the job boards. During the meeting be clear about your reasons for leaving without getting personal, approach the meeting with positivity after all you are off to pastures new and you never know when paths may cross in the future.
MD Comment: Changing job is one the biggest decisions we make and for many the process can be daunting. Getting it right can lead to increased job satisfaction, career progression, better remuneration and ultimately happiness which is why I urge anyone looking to change role or employer to take time to assess exactly what ‘good’ looks like. Be honest with yourself and draw up a list to map out your ideal job including job content, level of responsibility, sector or type of industry, career opportunity or progression you expect, type of business or sector, location, size of business, remuneration, flexible working policy etc. It’s also worthwhile listing elements of a job or organisation type which are absolute red lines for you.
When you have clarity on what good looks like, your job search becomes much easier and your conversations with agencies and employers will be far more constructive and focused on your needs. Stick to your guns and put effort in to seek out exactly what you want. Use your professional network, use technology such as LinkedIn to research and connect with relevant organisations and contacts, work with acknowledged recruitment experts in the area you wish to work and persevere. Good luck!
Linea Resourcing is dedicated to connecting you with the right opportunity. Behind the scenes a huge amount of effort goes in to understanding our candidates and our clients. Our ethos of staying focused on what our candidates and clients want and persevering with it – rather than chasing easy quick wins – means the best long term result for everyone.
Whether you are seeking permanent, contract or interim opportunities we actively nurture long term relationships which is why many of our candidates come back to us throughout their career. Register your CV with us, peruse some of our open vacancies or get in touch to beat the blues this January.