Finding New Work
I am a senior Executive who has 20 years of market experience. My company has recently changed hands and I feel that the new management style does not suit me. I am now looking for a
new job for the first time in 10 years, whereas previously I was headhunted I am now finding the prospect of searching for a job by myself daunting. What is the best way to start/ approach the market? This is a very interesting question and one that will resonate with many of our clients. It can be very daunting starting out on this process especially if your have not had to do it for a long time, if at all. The recruitment industry has changed alot over the 5 years and with many companies now hiring in-house Talent Managers or turning towards social media, you can no longer rely on the conventional routes to the market. This question deserves a lot of consideration and so I asked our Senior Executive Career Manager Colin Duncan what would be his top 5 tips for someone in this position. 1. Research the market – It is essential that you know who the top headhunters and the key decision makers are in your industry, once you have this knowledge you can start to formulate a strategy on how you should be approaching them. 2. Extend your Network – Networking is key to finding the next opportunity – nobody is ever not worth networking with and according to the CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personal Development) 70% of jobs go to refferals. By constantly expanding your networks you should be more open opportunities when they come your way. 3. Understand how to use your CV in 2013 – Your CV is the foundation of your job hunt so you have to make sure that it is well written and well formatted in a way that is acceptable at a senior international level. However you also have to make sure that once you have a solid CV you understand how you should be using it to land it on the right person’s desk. It is this combination of a professional document with strategic use that will turn your CV into the powerful, effective marketing tool that it should be. 4. Get to grips with Social Media – Over the last couple of years this has become an incredibly influencing aspect of the market. You must understand the social and business groups that you should be part of in order to harness its power and increase your visibility. It is this visibility that will increase your chances of opportunities coming your way. 5.Do not give up – You need to be tenacious to stand out from the crowd. Many people
are looking for jobs and the jobs are out there so it is question of showing off your confidence and inititive and ensuring everyone knows you are the right person for the job. Emma Foster, Senior Client Relationship Manager Have a question for Emma? Be sure to email Emma here. Alternatively you can follow Emma on Twitter here.