When a client says, “Only the best will do”, it really means that in order to satisfy the clients’ requirements, I have the task of finding someone very special to join their company. Candidates are hand picked, based upon skill-set, experience, expertise, background, career aspirations, short, medium and longer term plans, etc. Above all “Fit-in Factor” Will their Face-Fit?
If you are a candidate looking for a new opportunity, consider a few things;
- Which company would I like to work with and why?
- What are the key reasons for choosing to work with a particular business or brand?
- Why should they employ you, over others?
If you are honest, these questions will either pose a challenge to answer, or you may find them very easy.
The difficulty often lies in not knowing enough about a business or their culture from the inside. Ok, external perception is one thing, actually working within the business is often a different kettle of fish.
Don’t cast your net too wide, otherwise you are likely catch the attention of the wrong businesses and drown very quickly.
Clients (housebuilding groups) are extremely fussy and will expect a new calibre of personnel. The industry has seen thousands of people being made redundant over the last 3 years and hundreds have left the industry for good. This brings several challenges for both candidates and clients.
It’s very difficult to apply for a role beneath your level of experience, because all too often, the applications are dismissed as “Unsuitable” or “Over-Qualified” etc.
Some heads of department will see the application as a threat to their own position and dismiss them automatically and some will embrace the idea of a better qualified individual who’s going through a rough patch and make the most of them.
One thing is for sure, whoever you are, whatever you do – great advice is available from someone who’s worked within the business, sat in board rooms, understands every role and culture of company, dealt with some difficult individuals and placed many people in jobs that they enjoy over the last 9 years.
Confidential Career Advice is always available and it’s FREE
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