With the summer all but a distant memory, now’s the perfect opportunity to brush off your CV and pick up the new job search you’ve been meaning to do for months.
When you spend as much as 30% of your life at work, (that’s 1/3 of your life!), it’s important that’s it’s a job you want to get out of bed for, be passionate about, and one you can enjoy and be proud of. So is now the time to change?
It’s important to reflect on why you are considering changing job and what you are looking for in order to plan and refine your search. We’ve compiled some bite-sized advice from our recruitment experts:
Make a list of what are you looking for from your new job.
- Is it a salary increase?
- Flexible working?
- Qualification or educational sponsorship?
- Room for growth?
- Work life balance?
- Office and management culture?
Decide if you are willing to sacrifice anything for your new role such as;
Would you consider changing sector?
- Ensure that your key transferrable qualifications, skills, and experience are highlighted in your CV and covering letter if you are open to the change.
- Research alternative sectors to ensure they will offer you what you are looking for. Salary and benefits in particular can vary drastically by industry.
- Will your search be nationwide or limited to your local area or specific commute time?
- Will your potential employers pay moving expenses if you are willing to locate?
- Don’t forget the little guys! If you’re limiting your search to your current area, don’t just focus on large corporate organisations. In 2016, small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses and 99.9% were SMEs, with a combined annual turnover of £1.8 trillion. That’s 47% of all private sector turnover in the UK. *
- Re-evaluate your CV and LinkedIn profile, especially if it’s been some time since you last searched for a new role. Your skills will have changed considerably since it was last used. Where possible, ask colleagues and clients to endorse you or be available to provide a good reference.
- Write tailored cover letters for every application to highlight your relevant skills and experience to prospective employers.
- Think about how will you get time off work for interviews and assessment centres.
- Check your current employment contract to understand your notice period.
- Think outside the box. Many people find jobs from people they know rather than traditional means such as job adverts. Get yourself to any industry events coming up, these are an ideal place to talk meet people that might know of an opening.
- Post your CV on relevant online job boards so that potential recruiters can find you.
- Get on the radar of reputable recruitment agencies in the field of work or industry you are interested in. Meet them in person so that you can explain in detail what you are looking for and why.
- Target organisations directly. Research those that you think might make a good employer and hone in on them. There’s nothing wrong with sending a speculative CV or making a call to chat about job possibilities and recruitment plans.
- Do you have a dream organisation you’d like to work for? Get in touch and tell them how much you’d like to work for them and why.
- Getting a knock back when looking for work is all part of the process and it can be hard to take criticism. Try not to take it personally and be sure to ask for feedback.
- Don’t forget, you have a job already, there are no time pressures here. Set yourself targets to maintain progress with a realistic timetable to get you through the stages of searching, applying, interviewing and serving your notice.
And finally, once you have decided you want to leave your current employer, it can be hard to be motivated for the organisation you’re in, but it’s important to be discreet and remember that they are still paying you to do a job and achieve your agreed targets. It is also likely they will also be providing a reference to your new employer when you land your next role…