Job Seeking [Series]: Considering moving jobs? 3 things you need to do

One of our experienced HR recruiters’, Decland Wren, discusses the first three crucial steps to take when moving jobs.


Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you think you are ready to take a step up in your career? Or are you even considering moving from a different industry into the world of Human Resources or Reward? I want to assist you in putting your best foot forward, so you don’t miss out on what could be the perfect job.

This is the first installation in a series of blog posts on what to expect and how to best prepare yourself when looking for a new role in HR or Reward. Starting off with the first step in finding a new role; committing to your decision and preparing your ‘professional image’ so you can be found by companies and agencies.

Even if you are simply open to the possibility of new roles and aren’t quite ready to let your employer know you might move on. You can still take steps to ensure you are being informed of appropriate roles whilst going about your day to day work.

Changing your mindset and updating your CV

Firstly, it is important that you are committed to your decision of finding a new job and stick to it. Your mindset is a huge factor throughout the whole process of finding a new role, and you need to be self-assured that this is definitely the direction you want to go in. Positivity and confidence that you have made the right decision, go a long way in the job seeking process. After you have made the decision to take the next step in your career, be sure to update your CV with the experience and skills you have gained from your current role.

 

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Perfecting your LinkedIn

Secondly, you need to ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and ready to be found. Roughly 25 million UK professionals are active on LinkedIn (LinkedIn, 2018). Therefore if you are looking for a job, LinkedIn is a great place to start.

The key to a successful profile is:

  • Having a professional and suitable profile picture
  • Showing off your competencies and skills
  • Detailing your experience – when possible try to include numbers and case studies that demonstrate your success
  • Showcasing your education and accomplishments
  • Asking your colleagues to endorse you for a certain skill relevant to your job, or to publish a recommendation on your profile
  • Including your contact information

Essentially you should be putting in the same amount of work into your profile that you would your CV. At the end of the day, LinkedIn is your online CV and can be seen by almost anyone. More and more headhunters, internal recruiters and recruitment agencies are utilising LinkedIn as a key profiling tool. You’d be putting yourself at a disadvantage if you weren’t putting your best foot forward. The next stage of the series will be an in-depth article on making an ‘A’ standard LinkedIn profile, so stay tuned for that.

Getting in touch with recruiters

Lastly, inform specialist recruiters that you are looking for a new role. They will normally ask for a copy of your CV and organise a call or a meeting to discuss your situation. This is a good chance for you to articulate exactly what you’re looking for and receive some professional advice on the current state of the market.

Ideally, the recruiter will have a job that matches what you’re looking for and you can go from there. However, that may not always be the case, but the recruiter will always keep you in mind going forward, ready for when the ideal opportunity presents itself. Try to keep in touch with your recruiter, as they should try and build a good relationship with you, this way you can be up to date with the latest roles and changes in the market.

 

These are just a few tips to assist you in your journey to finding the perfect role. If you’re looking for a new role now, please get in touch today.

Be sure to stay tuned for the next instalment in the series.

 

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