This week I’ve experienced a quiet spell for the first time in a little while. I’ve spoken to lots of candidates this week who have also confirmed that this is the case amongst other agencies too! This post aims to advice what you can do during this time to make sure you stay ahead of the game.
Firstly, the trick is not to panic! If you’re becoming increasingly more frustrated in your current role whatever you do – try not to hand in your notice! With the market becoming more and more competitive it is always better to look for a new opportunity whilst you’re in stable employment. Otherwise, you risk accepting the first job that comes along and it may not be right! So unless you are in a stable situation I would strongly advise not to leave employment until you’ve found an alternative.
Remember finding the right opportunity can often take time. One of my biggest success stories to date whilst working at Anne Jagger has to be placing an experienced Property Administrator into her new role as Legal Secretary. When I first met with my candidate and she told me her dream of a career change into the legal world, I knew this would be a challenge. However, with patience, interview preparation and temporary assignments in the meantime – we did it! This process took 6 months, but we got there and now she is extremely happy.
A prime example of the old saying ‘good things come to those who wait’.
If you’re available immediately and you’re being offered temporary assignments … do it! Temping is a good way to keep you busy whilst on the search for something more permanent. Doors open doors and you never know who you may meet along the way! It also will also give your Recruitment Consultant a glowing testimonial that she/he can use when discussing your experiences with potential employers.
If there are no suitable temporary openings have you thought about volunteering? A few years ago whilst I was trying to secure my first job I volunteered in a charity shop over the summer period and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This also looks very good on your CV too – added bonus!
Or what about touching up on your IT skills or looking into a course?
If you’re not available immediately keep in regular contact with your Consultant and familiarise yourself with job sites on a regular basis. However, very important that you do not apply for anything and everything that takes your fancy! It is important that you keep your job search relevant. Recruiters can often see a history of applications and a sporadic search will give out the impression that you don’t know what it is you’re looking for, you may even come across as being slightly unreliable! If you’re worried about this please contact me for advice or to arrange an appointment. firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m confident the market will pick up again soon. Our Anne Jagger Team are even more motivated than ever to be working with some real talented individuals … watch this space!
I hope the above has been helpful. As always any questions or feedback welcome, do not hesitate to contact me!
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend all!