Managing your job search

Depending on your choice of job; interim or permanent, in our opinion there are different periods of the year that are busier than others.  However, that is changing.

Permanent jobs

If you have decided to change job, we’d advise keeping a constant watch on the job market. Create job alerts, keep an eye on the news and keep nudging recruiters – your dream job could become available at a moment’s notice. Today’s connected world means a job could go live instantly.

Every January we see advertising from other job boards and recruiters with the predictable “New Year, New You” headline – you need to be savvier than that. Be poised, ready and dynamic. More jobs are advertised at this time as hiring organisations have signed off their budgets and are now ready to spend.

Post-summer holidays have also been a key time for jobs to go live. After the summer break, October and November are favoured months for businesses to advertise and interview to see through the end of the year and boost the start of the following one.

Whilst we have pointed out the statistical highs of the year when jobs go live, job seekers need to be ready all year round. Here’s some advice from us:

  • Develop a CV for each of the different job titles you are seeking. Each should seek to exploit the skills required of the position, your success driven experiences and challenges you have achieved or overcome
  • Don’t rely on a standard covering letter; a tailored note to accompany your CV will set the tone. This doesn’t need to be long, it just needs to be to the point – although remember you need to stand out from the rest.
  • Set up job alerts for the positions you are seeking on the key job boards. Try all of them and narrow down the best boards. Many of the jobs will be posted on various job boards. If you are looking for a role in revenue management, is the only site for you!
  • Forge relationships with recruiters and stay in touch. Being front of mind with recruiters such as ourselves at MRK, helps consultants do their jobs
  • Go networking
  • Stay informed with industry news
  • Get your LinkedIn account up to date
  • Identify who you’d really like to work for

By getting these points in place, you’ll be ready year-round to pounce!

Interim/temporary/contract requirements

Timing can be key when you are hoping to snap up the right job, especially if it’s not a permanent one.

Maintaining a positive relationship with the business that has recruited you on a temporary basis will reap dividends. If they need to extend a placement, any business would prefer to retain their existing temporary resource than bring in a fresh face.

As opposed to advertising permanent jobs when things usually slow down, organisations will be seeking holiday cover in the run up to Christmas, Easter and summer holidays. Permanent members of staff will be going on leave, yet operational efficiency will be expected. So if temporary roles are your thing, stay in touch. This isn’t just for factories and manufacturing businesses, office, management and executive positions operate in the same way.

Project jobs, maternity cover and interim positions become available throughout the year. As you will read from our recent ‘Salary Survey & Market Insight,’ more businesses have recruited interims to help them plan for Brexit, so there may be roles for you (depending on experience and skillset). The market for these interim requirements has increased throughout 2016, 2017 and 2018 and our expectation is for this to continue although Brexit may have something to say about that.

As we get closer to this in March, some businesses may be reluctant to give the green light to new or substantial projects. However, other businesses may see this as an opportunity, so contractors and interims need to be ready to go.

As with permanent jobs, there are top tips for interims to be in the right place at the right time:

  • Develop a CV focusing on the key skills or type of job you are looking for. Interims are seen as specialists and you may find yourself niching as a turnaround expert or an integration specialist. Your CV needs to reflect this.
  • Don’t rely on a standard covering letter; again you need to emphasise your key skills for that interim project. Don’t worry about the extra skills you have as that employer/agency will want to see if you are good for that specific project.
  • Forge relationships with recruiters and stay in touch. Being front of mind with recruiters, such as ourselves at MRK, is absolutely critical. Interim jobs come and go quickly – be at the front of the queue.
  • Go networking
  • Stay informed with industry news. Which businesses may have some use for your skills?
  • Get your LinkedIn account up to date
  • Write a blog and be seen as the “go-to” person in your field.

Good luck!

Roland Seddon, Managing Director, MRK Associates.

MRK Associates is a recruitment and career advisory company specialising in three distinct areas of professional employment – finance/accountancy jobs, office support/administration jobs and revenue management/yield jobs. Our main geographical focus is in the Northern Home Counties area (Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire) where we provide a personal, knowledgeable and professional service within these markets.

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