If you’re actively looking for a new position, you’re going to be contacted by a variety of recruiters (woo!) – it’s your job to know exactly what you’re looking for in order to answer their questions. I’ve listed the main ones we at Barclay Anderson always ask to give you a heads up and to make you think “what am i actually after?”
What role are you looking for?
This should be the first thing a Recruiter asks you. You need to know where you want to go in your career and whether you’re looking for a Contract or Permanent position. The Recruiter can then establish if they have anything you could be interested in or if they have any connections to get you your dream job.
What salary are you after?
Please be realistic and think about what your skill set is actually worth. Everyone would love a £10,000 increase in their next role but in the real world, that’s not going to happen!
The average salary increase from job to job is from £2,000 – £3,000, and if you’re a Graduate you’re going to be looking at starting salaries from £18,000 – £20,000.
If you’re stuck, be honest with the Recruitment Consultant on the other end of the phone! Our job is to consult; let us know your current package and we can help you come up with a realistic salary jump.
How far would you be willing to travel?
An hour and a half commute may seem like a doddle right now, but you’ve got to think about 6 months down the line when you’re sat in rush hour traffic in 27 degree heat… Is this something you can really see yourself doing? And does your salary compensate for it? Make sure you’re looking at public transport too, as that could cut half an hour off your commute without even realising!
What’s your reason for wanting to move on?
Have a rough sentence or two readily prepared when this inevitable question comes up. The usual answers I get myself are “I’m looking for career progression”; “I feel I’m being underpaid” or redundancy. It’s important to be honest, but not to roast your current employer in the process – stay professional!
I do maintain that the key with Recruiters is honesty. The more information you can give us on what you’re looking for, the more likely we can help you.
What to remember:
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR!
Don’t waste your time, the Recruiter’s time or the Employer’s time if you know it isn’t something you’re interested in pursuing.
And remember, I’m always here for advice on your next role. Give me call or drop me an email today. 0121 248 2609 / firstname.lastname@example.org
– Millie McCormick