I joined over 4 years ago in Windsor, as a recruitment consultant in Windsor and I am leaving as Associate Manager in London. I joined after going travelling to South East Asia and Australasia and I am leaving to move to Australia. So I guess I’ve come full circle.
Basically, what this means for me is that after 4 and a half years of being employed and helping others get employed, I will be unemployed. Scary. Now, I’d like to think that after nearly 5 years in recruitment, I’ve picked up a thing or two about finding work. We’ll find out in 2016 when I start looking for work in Sydney. In the meantime, I thought I might share of my findings with you, to see if its helpful for you.
Recruiters work with you, not for you. Sadly we are not magicians!
As a candidate looking for work, we understand that everyone has a different view on what is their ‘ideal role’ but sometimes that perfect role which ticks all the boxes does not exist.
A good recruiter will talk this through with you in order to focus a realistic search and manage your expectations effectively. Listen to us, we work in the market every day and are best suited to advising you as to what roles you can expect to be available for you!
We cannot magic a role up for you if our client base is not hiring for your particular language or skill set. Euro London Appointments are a specialist recruitment consultancy so whilst we may not be suitable for everyone, for those candidates with multilingual skills, we work across a variety of different sectors and we will let you know if we think we can help you. If not, we’ll tell you and not waste your time.
My colleagues here are great, and do proactively approach clients with strong candidate profiles to find them work as well as servicing the roles our clients ask us to actively search on.
They can give career advice, advise how best to present your CV and help prepare you for interviews.
The right role may not be available right now so it is important you maintain communication with your job search. Let them know what companies you would be interested in working for, they might have connections internally and recommend you. Give them feedback from previous interviews, and they can help you improve. Also, if you change your mind, such as deciding you would be open to temporary work when previously you were looking for perm only, let us know! You never know what we could have in the pipeline.
So, do not expect to have your recruiter work for you. Work with your recruiter.
In case you’re not aware, social media is kind of a big deal right now. It’s become a huge part of most people’s day to day life (embarrassingly, I probably do look at Facebook at least once a day). Social media is becoming not only a part of personal life, but professional life as well. If you don’t have one, get a LinkedIn profile. Not only is it a great way for you to connect with and follow companies you’re interested in working for, it is another medium to represent yourself on the market. Both recruiters and employers are engaging with LinkedIn more and more as a tool for recruitment. Their roles can be advertised on LinkedIn (which you would be able to apply for in 1 click), and they are able to source for candidates directly on LinkedIn.
Make your profile personal. You can upload your CV, so recruiters can immediately understand your career history, but you can further personalise your profile with recommendations, following companies/industries you’re interested in and joining groups relates to your interests. CVs don’t always
Know what you don’t want
I know, sounds like a bit backward advice from a recruiter. Surely I should know what I want. But, it’s not always that simple. Everyone has their deal breakers, and it’s important to be clear on what they are when you look for a new role. When I was called by Dawn (then Talent Acquisition at Euro London, now Associate Manager of the IT division), I hadn’t ever considered a job in recruitment. I knew I didn’t want to work in a call centre again, and whilst I enjoy working with people, a pure customer service role wasn’t for me.
It is not easy to know exactly what you want when job hunting, particularly when you first arrive to a new area. Don’t go to an interview if you’ve already decided you don’t want it. Yes, interview experience is good, but you are wasting everyone’s time.
There’s more to a job than salary
I mean, it’s obviously important. So important in fact both Abba (with Money, Money, Money) and Destiny’s Child (with Bills, Bills, Bills) have created hits about the importance of money in our day to day lives. You need to be realistic when looking for a job and realise you have two salary requirements. The salary you would like, and the minimum salary you would be willing to accept.
Everyone has outgoings, I wish I didn’t have bills to pay, and everything was free, but, that’s sadly not the case.
Location, Location, Location
Nearly everyone commutes. I was lucky enough to live walking distance from the office when I was working in Windsor (however, I felt less lucky when I was one of the only people in the office on snow days…). But, the reality is, you’re unlikely to get a job round the corner from your house. So, you need to brave the roads, buses, trains, trams, tubes and boats (I know some people who take the Thames Clippers to work, jealous!) to make it to the office. When considering new roles, I know most people are very good at looking up the best route to work and calculating how long it will take. And so you should. However, not everyone calculates how much it will actually cost them, and that is the real deal breaker. Make sure you know what the petrol cost/cost of your travel card will be in relation to your salary and the time you will be spending everyday travelling and then calculate if its worth it.
Presentation is everything
It really is. Your CV and cover letter, if on job boards, will be view multiple times every day. Make sure its easy to navigate so recruiters can identify your key skill and relevance to the role they’re recruiting for and make sure you don’t have any silly spelling mistakes which will put people off.
You also need to make sure you’re well presented in person. If you’re meeting a recruiter for a registration, or an employer for an interview, dress appropriately. Be on time (and if you’re running late, call ahead). Have a firm handshake, make eye contact. Being well presented on paper and in person will go a long way in helping you secure that job.
Love what you do
Sometimes, you do need to get a job to make ends meet, we’ve all been there. And I would always encourage candidates who are out of work to get a temporary role whilst they look for the ideal permanent role. But, we spend so much time at work, it’s important that you enjoy it. Having passion for your work will bring out the best in you, and give you the most satisfaction. So, if you don’t love what you do, find out why and try and fix it. Or, call us and we can see if we can help you find something more suitable.
Author: Nathalie Worsley
Associate Manager at Euro London Appointments,
working within our Secretarial and Administration Division.