Agony Aunt – Finding New Work

Agony Aunt 10 Dec 2012
Agony Aunt – Finding New Work

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.

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About the author


Emma is the Senior Relationship Manager at Career Intelligence. She is also the Agony Aunt for the Career Intelligence blog, helping with any questions or issues that expatriates moving abroad may have.


  1. redrose
    December 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Hi Emma,
    This is just the story of mine!

  2. samer farhat
    December 17, 2012 at 11:54 am

    hello dear emma, please may i visit you to your office in dubai?
    if yes, pls what is your conveniounce time for you?

  3. Emma
    December 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Hello! Thank you for the comment. Please do email me direct on emma (at) with any carrer questions you may have!


  4. Emma
    December 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Samer,

    I’m afraid I’m based in the UK office, however you can email me direct at emma (at) and I’d be happy to assist where I can!



  5. raed
    December 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Hello Emma . Would i send to u my cv .will appreciate if you could take a look of what consites in .

  6. Emma
    December 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Raed,

    I don’t deal with CV’s myself. Have you registered on our website ( We have some services online for helping with your CV and we will be discussing optimising your CV via our Career Manager videos ( and on this blog, so be sure to check back!

    Many thanks,


  7. yogesh
    December 18, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Dear Emma,

    This is the same as my story! Thank you for this, a great post.

  8. Emma
    December 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Thank you Yogesh, very nice to hear!


  9. Faisal
    December 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Seriously, you’re really doing a great job for the people all over the world. You really empress many i believe, me be among them! Once again i will say continue with the same spirit God BlessYou.
    Thanks a lot, with lots of appreciation!

  10. Emma
    December 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you so much Faisal, thats really kind of you to say! I’m glad you appreciate what we’re doing.

    Many thanks,


  11. Kavita
    December 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Hello Emma,
    Wonderful job you’re doing here. Really, the advice is an eye opener. I would definitely like to see some of the success stories of people who’ve found jobs through your website and assistance. They’re fortunate.
    Thanks and keep up the good job.
    Ms. Jagtap

  12. Enver Gjoniku
    December 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I have received this e-mail and to be honest I am a bit confused for example the word EXPAT I do kot understand.
    Can any one reply to my e-mail please ???

  13. Emma
    December 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Hi Enver,

    ‘Expat’ is short (abbreviated) for expatriate, which by definition is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person’s upbringing – for example an English person living in Dubai.

    I hope that helps!


  14. Emma
    December 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Hi Kavita,

    Thank you so much for the lovely comment! It’s great to hear the information on this blog is insightful and ‘eye opening’. That is a great idea, I will see if we can get some success stories post up on this blog very soon.

    Many thanks,


  15. Remus
    January 3, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Hello, Emma! Me and my partner are cooks. We are still not married, but this year we want very much to do. I am Italian, Romanian woman she unfortunately can not work yet. Do you think we more chances to gain the same rights as me, as an Italian citizen? I try to find another job, because the restaurant Wabi I work 15 hours / day and not to this program any-more.
    I know that you are not a lawyer and you are not able to give me the right answer, but I wrote in despair. My apologies and thank you for listening to us and answer us.
    Many thanks, Remus !

    November 17, 2013 at 2:52 am

    You did not answer my question….?
    Many mail you delay my answer you can see previous mail my question because second time I repeat my all question.
    Kind Regards
    Tahir Naeem

  17. Jamie
    February 18, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Hi Tahir,

    Which email address did you contact us on? I’d like to assist with your issue.



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