What to do BEFORE you call us

Posted on: June 25th, 2015

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Our phones ring a lot. And that’s a really good thing. We love talking to our candidates – new and old – and helping them to find the best fit at a new job. It’s what we do day in, day out and we’re told we’re pretty great at it.

But, sometimes we take calls that make us pause. Calls from people who don’t know what they’re good at or what sort of job they even want.

And we hate seeing the candidates we’re trying to help downhearted and frustrated.

Which is why, when we saw a recent article by Bernard Marr on LinkedIn, it leapt out as brilliant advice that we just had to share:

“There are a lot of questions that go into job hunting: questions the interviewer will ask you, questions you might want to ask the interviewer…

But what about the questions you should be asking yourself before you apply for a job?”

Because if you’ve not thought about anything beyond wanting a new job, then it’s going to be that much harder to find it. Bernard’s advice is very similar to the things we talk to candidates about when they call us at the start of their job search.

Always ask yourself the Top 10:

  1. How do you really feel about your current (or last) job?
  2. What are your long-term goals?
  3. What’s your passion? Where does your genius lie?
  4. What management style do you respond best to?
  5. What kind of work/life balance do you aspire to?
  6. What’s your personality type or personal working style?
  7. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  8. Are you willing to make a big change for the perfect job?
  9. What does your online reputation say about you?
  10. What are your financial goals?

It’s straightforward really, but can be incredibly insightful.

Plus, if you can use these questions to help you figure out what YOU want then it makes it that much easier to get a good fit with a company that’s looking to hire someone just like you. Because remember, businesses want candidates to want THEIR job, not any old job.

And that, of course, is the ultimate trick: Master both their needs AND yours, and you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect career fit.

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