If you feel stuck in a rut or you’re dreading going to work on Monday morning then the New Year may be time to consider your career options, according to recruiting experts Hays.
The recruiter says there is no set timeframe for changing jobs, but if your current employer is not able to offer you the opportunity to advance your skills in the direction you wish to pursue, then now could be the sweet spot for moving on.
“Candidates are more willing to consider leaving their current roles if they are sure a new role offers opportunities for growth and that the company and staff are stable,” says Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand.
“Candidates can feel more confident in 2014 – improving economic conditions are making companies more confident about their hiring plans, so it’s actually a good time to take stock of your career.”
Put your best foot forward
Moving on is a big step, so take your time when choosing which roles you are looking for. A recruiting expert can help develop a game plan for finding your next job by matching the best one for you and your career aspirations in the short, medium and long-term.
Think of your career plan along the lines of a business plan and ask yourself what your long-term career objectives are and what you want to get out of your job. You also need to consider what you need to study and what your individual priorities are.
Once firm goals are in place, do your research into what you are worth in the jobs market – the Hays Salary Guide can provide details about salary expectations and market demand. Then make sure you can provide solid evidence of your career history and qualifications for a prospective employer.
Negotiate face to face
“When you have secured an interview it is a good idea to gather information about the company,” says Nick. “In the interview, be sure to make yourself memorable to the employer by giving anecdotes about your career history, past actions and results. You should always directly relate these experiences to the job description.
“In the interview ask insightful questions like, ‘what prospects are there for personal and professional development?’ or ‘what skills and attributes do successful people at your company usually have?’
A useful tactic at the end of the interview is to ask ‘how do you think I match up with this position?’
“When negotiating a salary package don’t forget about the important things other than money – such as annual leave, super, flexi time, phone or car space.”
Check your progress
Finally, it is worth noting that career planning or goal setting will only achieve its purpose if you adhere to the principles of measuring your progress and following the path you have planned. This means it is important to write down your goals.
According to Nick, putting your thoughts in writing allows you to keep clear focus, check your achievements and make the necessary alterations when required. Your career will probably span the next thirty years of your life, so start planning now!
Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.
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For further information please contact Lucy Sharp, Regional Marketing Manager of Hays, on +61 2 8226 9885 or [email protected]
Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. We are the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in Asia Pacific and the UK and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. We operate across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.
As at 30 June 2013 we employed 7,840 staff operating from 239 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2013, Hays reported net fees of £719 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £125.5 million. Hays placed around 53,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 182,000 people into temporary assignments. 29% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.
Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.