How to Choose the Right Role for You
Now is a great time to be a job seeker.
The job market is bouncing back from the pandemic, with some labour market indicators returning to pre-pandemic levels. Although the long-term impact of Brexit and the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme in September 2021 remains to be seen, many businesses are investing in company growth as we head into a post-pandemic recovery era.
Job vacancies hit 1.1 million between July and September 2021 — the highest level since records began 20 years ago, with most industries demonstrating significant quarterly growth. So, there’s more open positions and more opportunities for career development right now, making this an exciting time for anyone hoping to progress in their field — or change paths entirely.
But don’t count your chickens just yet; there are still some things to consider to ensure you secure a role that’s right for you, which may not necessarily be with the first company that makes you an offer.
Decide what it is you’re looking for
Before you embark on your job hunt and start speaking to businesses, it’s worth thinking about what you’re looking to gain from a new position. Are you aiming for a lateral career move or a promotion? Would you like a better salary and holiday allowance, or are you looking for a company culture that’s more suited to your values?
It’s easy to be swayed by the attractive benefits many businesses are willing to offer to secure the top talent, but all the perks in the world won’t make you enjoy a job that isn’t aligned with your passions and goals.
Consider your core skills
A recent survey of job seekers found that over 70% would be willing to change sectors to find the right role. So, if you’re actively searching for a job in a new industry but you’re not sure where to start, take a look at your core and transferable skills.
These skills are collected throughout your life and work experience and will help prove your ability to do a job you may not have done before. For example, suppose you’ve worked in hospitality or retail. In that case, your customer service experience would be an advantage in other customer-facing positions which require similar interpersonal skills — such as sales or marketing.
Tailor your CV and online presence
In the current recruitment climate, many companies are targeting ‘passive’ candidates — people who are well-suited to a role but aren’t actively looking for a new job. As such, if you’re open to being approached by recruiters and hiring businesses from a particular field, make sure your online profiles and credentials are attracting desirable contenders.
Updating your account on professional networking sites like LinkedIn and tailoring your CV towards any role you apply for will help you stand out to the right people. After all, businesses may have fewer candidates to choose from, but they still want to hire the right person for the job!
Talk to someone from the company or relevant field
If you think you’ve found your dream job, but you’d like to know what it’s like to be an employee within a company or sector you have no prior experience with, why not ask someone who knows?
Reaching out to professionals who’ve worked in the position or team you’re interviewing for is a great way to determine what a company’s culture is like. Whether you’re asking about attitudes towards flexible working, internal promotions or the day-to-day management of workflow and responsibilities, there’s plenty to learn from other employees as well as the employer.
Ask questions throughout the interview process
That being said, it’s also vital to ask employers lots of questions during the hiring process. What’s the structure of the team you’d be working in? What’s their attitude towards remote or hybrid working? How could you progress your career within their company? What training will they provide?
All of these things are crucial to know before you agree to accept an offer. Plus, asking questions is a great way to demonstrate your enthusiasm and interest in a role, which might just secure you the job!
Secure a competitive pay and benefits package
Although salary isn’t the be-all-end-all of an attractive job offer these days, it’s undoubtedly an important factor to consider. Particularly in the current job market, securing a competitive salary that reflects your experience and qualifications is crucial.
Every organisation, role and offer is different, and there are multiple factors to weigh up. But before you go into salary and benefits negotiations, do some research and find out the industry standard for the position you’re interviewing for and decide what would fall below your expectations. A company that is willing to compromise or match your requirements is more likely to be one with a healthy work environment.
Sign up with a professional recruitment agency
When you work with a professional recruitment agency, you gain access to a whole network of connections and opportunities that you’re unlikely to find on your own. Recruiters have already done the hard work for you by building relationships with reputable companies, allowing them to understand the unique requirements of both clients and candidates.
So, if you’re not sure where to begin on your job hunt, a recruiter will work with you to outline your skills and bring them to the attention of suitable employers. Or, if you already know what you’re looking for, a specialist recruiter can help minimise the stress of searching for relevant vacancies, making the process of securing your dream job quicker, easier and more successful.
Are you looking for a new job? Our team of specialist recruiters have years of experience working with clients and candidates in and around Farnham to successfully match people with the role that’s right for them. Get in touch today to find out how we can help.