Is looking for your new role becoming a full time job?
Looking for a new role takes time and energy. From updating your CV, searching the job boards for relevant roles, filling out applications, writing cover letters, following up on sent applications, preparing for interviews to finally waiting for feedback, the process of finding a new opportunity can sometimes feel like a job itself!
Whether you’re a board level Director seeking an Executive Appointment or a Junior C# Developer looking for a software career change, here’s some advice that’s applicable to all candidates to ensure securing your new job is as efficient as possible:
Think about your motivations:
It’s tempting to quickly upload your CV and start applying to all the roles which you might be suitable for, but first it’s important to identify the motivators driving your search. Think about what you’re looking for in your next opportunity. Are you looking for a role with realistic opportunities for career progression? Have you hit the board room and don’t feel you can go any further? Are you keen to work in a new industry or with new technologies? Do you feel undervalued as an employee? Looking for a higher salary? Having a clear idea of your motivators will make searching for a new role much easier.
Before deciding to start the search for a new role, you should also discuss any other opportunities with you current employer. If there’s no room for change you can be certain that a new opportunity is the right decision for you.
Update your Linked with your most recent skills, follow companies which you might want to work for and reach out to those contacts who may have some influence over the hiring process. Many companies now advertise their jobs through LinkedIn, making it a great platform to advertise your skills, the companies you’ve worked with and get recommendations from your colleagues and previous employers.
Tell your family and friends that you’re looking for a new opportunity. If you’re still in your current role, be tactful about this with your colleagues. The more people who know about your needs, the higher probability that one of them will come across something for you. At Kyna Associates we love referrals, in fact we offer an up to £500 bonus for every successful candidate referral.
Take the time to update your CV:
Sometimes trying to figure out exactly what an employer will be looking for in a CV can be daunting. Unfortunately there are companies charging significant sums to make your CV look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Whilst it’s great to have a CV which appeals to everyone, the content is far more important. We’ve written these guides to ensure you’re highlighting your key skills.
Use the Job Boards to their full potential:
Once you’re clear about your search, update your profile across the Job Boards that you wish to use. Make sure you state how far you’re willing to travel, the salary bracket you’re looking for and whether you’re willing to relocate. If it’s appropriate, make your CV available to employers, otherwise set up Job Alerts and check these when you have time throughout your day, this way the jobs are coming to you.
Make a list of companies you’d like to work for and check whether they’re currently recruiting. Many websites now allow you to submit your CV for future consideration or a speculative basis, so if this is a company you’d really like to work for make sure you take the time to submit your application. Once you start sending applications, make a note of where you’ve applied and make sure to follow up with the relevant Recruiter or hiring company contact.
Tell your recruiter exactly what you’re looking for:
Now that you’ve identified your motivators, make sure you share these with your Recruiter. Firstly, it’ll make it much easier for us to understand the kind of opportunity you really want, and even if you’re not looking for a new role right now, if the perfect role for you comes along, we can let you know. When you call one of the Kyna Associates team, we’ll take the time to understand your requirements, from what you consider your top three skills, what your personal situation is to what you consider the most important things are in your next role.
Prepare for your interviews:
Even if you’ve attended numerous interviews, preparation is always essential. Find out the interview format and prepare accordingly. Is this an informal CV review, competency interview, advanced management psychometric test? Think of questions relevant to your industry, plan your answers, give specific real world examples and highlight specific reasons why you’d want to work for that company. All of our candidates go through an Interview Coaching Session, to ensure they’re as ready as possible for their interview. If you’d like to go through a session with one of our Team, please let us know.
Offers, contracts and acceptance:
If you’re now at this stage, congratulations! After a lengthy search and interview process, you might be ready to accept an offer straight away. Even if you have a couple of offers on the table, it’s essential to get the full details before making any decisions. If this is a permanent opportunity, make sure you can see yourself in the position for the long-term and the motivators you considered at the start of your search have been fulfilled. If you’re stuck, or need further advice on making a decision, we will be more than happy to have a confidential conversation about your contract with you.
Leaving on good terms:
If you’re still in employment you’ll now need to make sure you resign professionally. Depending on your industry or the company you work for, damaging work relationships can have a negative impact on any future opportunities. Make sure you complete your required notice period and leave the door open for future career opportunities. Since you explored any possible opportunities within the organisation before the start of your search, it is unlikely that your current employer could offer you anything to stay in the long term. If you do accept a counter offer, it is highly likely that you’ll be looking to leave again within 12 months.
Of course there can be obstacles along the way, including rejections, unsatisfactory offers or not finding any success in your search, however keep in mind that often these things take time and finding your perfect opportunity is a big decision which needs to be considered thoroughly. If you’re currently looking for a new opportunity, or know anyone who is, take a look at our open vacancies here.