Career choice in challenging climates

Helen Flint looks at recruitment opportunities and how best to realise them

As we enter uncharted waters as far the economic climate is concerned, the impact on us will differ from person to person. One thing for sure is that we are all starting to re-evaluate the way we view things in all aspect of our lives. With so much uncertainty now regarding job security, many people who may have considered making a job move this year might decide to stay put now. Sadly, some people may lose their jobs, or have done so already.

Therefore it's vital that those people who are enjoying gainful employment make a continued effort to make themselves as indispensable as possible. This can be achieved in many ways and a good starting point is to adopt the right attitude and being willing to be flexible.

Individuals and teams should consider what other transferable skills they might have, that could be utilising to help the organisation. As people are laid off and the remaining workforce shrinks, it will be necessary to multi task in order to ride this storm. It's vital that people work together to ensure success. Maintaining a positive attitude throughout is a must to ensure positive outcomes.

Competition for business is becoming ever fiercer. We as an organisation have certainly noticed an increase in demand for customer service training. It's crucial that organisations provide their people with tools and experience to offer their clients the best service. If an organisation isn't offering great service to its clients, I can assure you that someone else will be.

If individuals find themselves in the unfortunate position of being made redundant, I recommend that rather than seeing it as a door closing, to view it as an opportunity for other doors to open. It's great opportunity to re-evaluate what real career goals might be – what people really want to do. Maybe it's your opportunity to go and realise hope sand dreams? Already many people who have sadly lost their jobs in the city are starting pursue their dreams and have started completely different careers. Perhaps it's an opportunity to re-train and gain new skills. There is a lot of Government funding out there to help with this and much more to come I'm sure. A coach can also really help you through the process of working out what it is that you want to do, then by breaking things down in steps you can move towards making it happen.

As an experienced coach, I'm seeing a number of people currently who are doing just that. As they start to open up their minds, it's really exciting seeing them discover what possibilities might be available to them.

There will be winners and losers in this market, for example, having spoken to a number of people who have been involved in recruitment recently there are some great candidates out there, which is great news for potential employers. The key for anyone who is looking for a job is to ensure that they market themselves effectively as they'll be competing with many other people. A good starting point is ensuring there is a well thought out C.V. And it's essential that adequate time is dedicated to this task. Many people forget that this is one of their most important marketing tools and it's usually the first one that they'll be using in the recruitment process and if it isn't up to scratch, then they won't even get past first post.

If job seekers are using recruitment consultants, then it's vital to ensure that they make the most of them and treat them with the respect and courtesy expected from them. They will have many candidates on their books now, so it's important that action is taken to stand out from the crowd in a positive way. Individuals should ensure that they make it an enjoyable process for the recruitment consultant and they'll be more likely to want to help. People often become fed up because their recruitment consultant isn't in constant contact – they can't be expected to call all the time, they're very busy people and will have plenty of pressure on them currently trying to make their sales targets in this market . Call them – the more contact you have with them, the more likely they are to remember you when they register that dream job you've been waiting for.

Ensure that you do adequate preparation prior to interview:

  • Do your research – with the worldwide web, you have no excuse
  • Ensure that your image is appropriate for the role and organisation
  • Prepare questions to take with you
  • Really think about what sets you apart from others – what's unique about you?
  • Always take a copy of your CV with you to interview in case the interviewer has mislaid it
  • Try to find out as much about the person who is interviewing you to help you build rapport – a recruitment consultant might be able to help you with this
  • Think about what you can contribute to the organisation – what will they gain from employing you in particular

When at interview:

  • Be yourself- if you get the job on false pretences you may not live up to expectations and it's tiresome having to pretend to be something you're not!
  • Listen and read the situation – don't waffle, clarify that you've answered any questions adequately
  • Have questions written down so that you can refer back to them if you get a case of nerves
  • Think of it as a two-way meeting not an interview – it's also about whether you want to work for them
  • Relax and breathe!!

Good luck!

2009-03-10T00:00:00+00:00 March 10th, 2009|