Narrowing Down The Right Job For You

With such low unemployment, there have never been so many job advertisements in the marketplace, and candidates have never had more choices than they do now. However, finding the right job in this market where you may be spoilt for choice is not as easy as it seems. Job searching is a complex process for both the candidate and the employer. Candidates may not know where to look, how to apply, or what qualifications are required. Not all job ads give the right amount of information and make applying easy. Employers may have trouble finding qualified candidates, and they may be holding out for particular skill sets and qualifications and then have difficulty interviewing them. Workplaces are busy and with shortages of employees, it’s difficult for managers to set aside the time to sift through all the resumes and book interviews. Those that use a recruiter that knows the industry manage this process well and end up with the best candidate options. 

One of the most important things job seekers can do is to  narrow down a list of potential jobs. This targeted list is where the focus should be. First, knowing what you are looking for and what would be a good fit for your skillset is essential. Then, look at all the factors, and make a checklist of your dealbreakers or the key aspects that are important to you, e.g., location, office amenities, hybrid working etc. This will make it easier for you when applying for jobs because it will reduce the number of applications you need to send out and focus on the roles you are interested in. These are some of the following steps that will help you narrow down the right job for you:

  • Research the company and their culture, read Glassdoor/Google reviews, and check out their website and what they have to say about their business.
  • Review what they do, their values, and who they are as a company.
  • Check out other employees on LinkedIn and see where they move to after working there.
  • Review their open positions to see which one best suits your qualifications.
  • Connect with the hiring manager on LinkedIn so you can ask questions if you need to.
  • Compare jobs and what’s on offer within the industry.
  • Download salary guides so you can be clear on the remuneration that is relevant to your experience and the roles you are applying for.
  • Consider registering with a recruiter in your area or one that works in this niche; they may already have relevant roles and can advise you.
  • Ensure your resume is in great shape, and draft a few cover letter options.

Prepare yourself

With so many companies looking for employees, those with the highest level of skill and experience will be snapped up quickly. When you apply and are given an interview ensure you use this time to ask relevant questions. In a sense, you are also interviewing the interviewer. The candidate is now in a position where you may end up with more than one offer on the table, and you may need to manage these offers. There may be some roles you prefer more than others. Decide if you are willing to wait and hold out for specific roles or if you will take the first one that offers?

Work out in advance how much notice you will give your current employer if you are currently working and how you will resign. It’s always best to provide as much notice as possible and not to burn any bridges along the way, don’t forget you may want to gather referees from this current workplace. Some companies may not require you to work out your notice especially if you are going to a competitor or work with sensitive or confidential information. You could use this time as a short break if this applies to you, or you can tell your new employer that you may be available sooner.

The Counteroffer

You should be prepared for the counteroffer. This is where your employer decides to sweeten the deal that you currently have if you agree to stay on. It would be best if you gave this some thought and consideration. It’s a great idea to make a pros and cons checklist and jot down the things you love and dislike about your current role. Then add why you are looking elsewhere and thinking about leaving and highlight the items on the list that you don’t believe are likely to change. This will give you some direction if you do get a counteroffer. 

Plan Ahead

If you have a leave or a holiday booked, ensure that you mention this in your interviews. That way, you can begin the new role without worrying about applying for leave you may not yet have accrued. One of the biggest things to consider is how you handle change. Changing jobs is a significant shift for most people and if you have been in your current role a long time it can be a little challenging to navigate new people and expectations. So start thinking about how you may handle this and implement some actions to make the transition as easy as possible. 

If you need assistance, recruiters are professionals and don’t just work with companies, they also work closely with candidates to help them be job ready and put forward the best version of themselves. Their role is to make sure you are prepared and knowledgeable. 

At Recruitment Central we know recruitment. We help our candidates prepare themselves for the best roles and help our clients find talent that improves their businesses. We can assist you. Register with us if you are looking for work so we can contact you first when an opportunity arises.


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