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The Perfect Match!

It seems to me that we all strive to find the perfect match, whether it be the perfect house, the perfect partner, the perfect body or the perfect job! Personally, we are in the process of upgrading our home and planning a wedding and I honestly must utter the word “perfect” at least 50 times a day.

When we are looking for new jobs, we all sit there and say, it just needs to be perfect, but why? Ultimately, when we look for a house, a partner or anything, we always end up compromising in some way, for instance….. “ We loose a bedroom but it’s an amazing location”, or “I am not at my goal weight but I have toned my arms” or “he/she isn’t what I would normally go for, but I have never laughed as much”.

When job hunting it is so important to see the bigger picture, rather than focussing on whether the move is “perfect”. As recruiters we always strive to find you exactly what you are looking for and it goes without saying that we love a challenge but people underestimate how important it is to meet with a firm / team before making an opinion.

I was once told that I am kinaesthetic (basically, the most important thing to me is how something feels). In our job, we try our best to actually listen to what you want, not what you think you want. For instance, you may say to us that the most important thing is working closer to home due to the commute and not being there to pick up the kids, however its it actually the commute or is it the time of day you are travelling? Can we alleviate this issue for you by finding a role that will offer you flexible working hours? Or, what if you commuted exactly the same distance but against the traffic, would that save you time? But what we can’t assist you on is how you will feel when you come out of a meeting. It’s surprising how many of our candidates accept roles at firms they weren’t initially keen to meet.

In this day and age, with the use of social media we tend to form opinions on people, jobs and companies before we even walk through the door and that’s dangerous. At the end of the day, we are all unique individuals and as such what is right for me won’t be right for you.

It doesn’t cost anything to explore options, so rather than striving to find the “perfect match” on paper and disregarding opportunities straight away. Go and meet the firm and create your own opinion. At the end of the day, you won't know whether the firm is your “perfect match” until you have considered all aspects – and how else can you do that, if you don’t have a meeting.

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