Are you itching to move on and find that next move, which will land you in your next job?

It will happen to everyone eventually – you will reach that point in your career when it is time to test the waters and see what else is out there. Most people immediately head to Google or they register themselves on career portals, which facilitate the advertising of roles across various industries and organisations.

Unfortunately most people do not know what they are looking for! They also do not have enough introspection to understand that much time will be wasted applying for positions that they just do not have the correct experience for.

The random and impulsive approach that some individuals take can often give them a bad name because they bomb their applications onto several portals and apply for many different roles. Most people do not bother to align their experience and skill set to these roles so they leave an agency with a pile of irrelevant CVs and little to no time to follow up with each candidate. This result in them complaining about the agency not getting back to them and not offering assistance in that particular arena.

Agencies are inundated with calls, CVs and referrals on a daily basis. Therefore, the time they need to spend on sourcing and recruiting the right individuals for the right positions, is drastically reduced. There is little time left to sit and hold the hands of those who seem to have taken the wrong approach.

Here are a few suggestions for you when the time comes for you to change jobs:

  • Decide what it is you want to do and whether your experience is aligned to that next step.
  • Make sure that your CV is up to date and you have included all the necessary information to be able to sell yourself adequately to the first company, or agency, you approach.
  • Do some research on the role you ultimately feel you will fit into.
  • Research agencies or organisations that might be able to offer you a foot in the door for your desired role.
  • Search for online adverts which might be able to offer the position you feel best suited to.
  • Apply on online platforms but remember to take down the contact details of the agency or organisation you are applying to.
  • Follow up with a phone call to ensure that the position is still available and that the recipient has in fact received and read your application.
  • Ensure that your conversation is in line with the correct ‘ticking the boxes’ required for that specific role.
  • Follow the advice and procedures of the organisation you are connecting with.

If you are a Draughtsman, you have no business applying for a role for a Senior C# Developer! Why would you make yourself feel that disappointment of not being contacted or ultimately receiving the “we regret to inform you” response?
Often, in the trade, we receive applications of individuals with office administration experience who apply for roles such as Senior Business Analysts or Key Account Managers! This is simply a waste of your own time and the time of those people attempting to assist in making a difference in someone’s life.

Recruiters recruit! Developers develop! Stick to your chosen profession and experience, save yourself the painful disappointment of constant rejection!

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