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Having just enjoyed the most recent bank holiday I am already looking forward to my next holiday in a few short weeks. My diary was filled with family and friends catch up, which meant plenty of eating and drinking all weekend! Well with one weekend done I am already planning what to do for the next one! In fact I have a wedding to attend, friends to catch up and at some point get some quality time in with the hubby! So much to do so little time!
It’s funny how some of us can spend some so much time planning our social calendar and we do it with such vigour, precision and care! Don’t you sometimes wish you gave your career plans the same dedication and due diligence? Perhaps you do! In my line of work I spend 75% of my day speaking to people who are embarking upon a job search which is going to change their life, or at least they hope it will change their life and I am always keen to know what their plan is!
Alarmingly what I have found, more often than not, when I am speaking to some candidates, even they haven’t realised how little they have planned in terms of what they are actually looking for from their next move. I’m sure some people must think well its obvious isn’t it….more money!! You’ll be surprised to learn that this is not always numero uno on the priority list!
It usually transpires after lengthy conversations that the motivator for changing jobs is different in each case, some people are relocating so they can be closer to loved ones, some are jaded by doing the same work and want a fresh challenge, some are looking for a better work-life-balance, some are looking to take a step forward and some are looking to take a step back. Then there are those that are simply looking for an increase in salary. Whatever the reason there is an agenda and we want to know about it! Not because we are nosy but so that as specialist recruiters we can ensure that we are talking to you about the rights roles on every occasion.
I find conversations generally begin with very generic and almost predictable reasons for why they are looking for work. On further probing from me (some might say the Spanish inquisition) I come to learn the truth of what has actually prompted their search. When I have provided alternative scenarios or presented a worst case scenario where their perfect package/dream job doesn’t exist, what then? It turns out that they haven’t actually thought about option B or C or any other influencing factors either in their working or personal life. It soon becomes evident that there has been little to no planning on how one has mapped out their career and how are they are going to get to their destination. Applying for a new job is not as easy as ‘yes I think I fit the bill for that job so I will just go for it’, it takes a lot more strategic thinking and logistics to secure your next career move. You should in your mind have a plan followed by a contingency plan and be prepared to discuss your plans with your recruitment consultant, this way we can keep you covered on all of your options and help you manage your applications.
At BCL Legal all of our consultants are trained to advise and guide solicitors/legal executives/paralegals through the recruitment process but this is only most successful when you come to us with some ideas and plans of what you are trying to achieve and we will then with our expert market knowledge help you achieve your goal!