If you've decided it's time to move on, consider what you really want from your next role.
Self-evaluation is critical but often overlooked when you start thinking about finding a job. Take some time to assess what you've learned in your last job, your strengths and weaknesses, and in which areas you need to develop. Think about the type of role that interests you and what type of organization will be actively looking for your skill set. This will help you clearly articulate to recruitment consultancies and employers what you want to achieve from your next move. Reflecting on your skill set will also help you market yourself, and it's of utmost importance that you differentiate how your skills and achievements set you apart from someone else with the same academic qualifications.
Talk to recruitment consultancies about the current market, which sectors are recruiting, and how long the recruitment process is currently taking. Ask for any market updates and salary information and sign up for job alerts that match your chosen role criteria.
Choosing a consultancy to register with
Look for an established, specialist consultancy that has a good reputation in the marketplace. Although it is often worthwhile registering with more than one agency, it is important not to register with more than two or three agencies. This will prevent your CV from being sent to the same organization multiple times. Ask the consultancy about the benefits of registering exclusively with them - good consultancies will actively market your CV to their best clients and will also target organizations on your behalf. Another factor to consider is whether the consultants are working on a commission basis - they may not always be objective when assisting with your job search. You should also choose a consultancy that gives every consultant in your specialism access to your CV, if not, you will only find out about the handful of roles that your consultant is dealing with.
Search job boards
Research which online job boards cater specifically to the industry in which you want to work. Once you have identified which job boards are appropriate, use the search engines to locate roles that match your discipline, job type, salary and location. You could also create a user account to upload your CV (for companies to find), but this can be a risky strategy as you have no idea whose desk your CV may land on.
Read the trade press for your sector
Whatever profession you work in, it's critical to understand the issues affecting your industry sector. In-depth insight will put you ahead of your fellow job seekers. You can also gain key information on who is moving roles to help you target your job search.
Here are some questions to ask yourself if you think it's time to switch career paths.
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