The way in which we manage our next career move and job search has changed significantly in recent years. To the uninitiated, it can be a fairly daunting process. Here are a few observations which will help you travel that journey.
1 Accept change and swim with the tide
Accept things are changing. You may need to step out of your comfort zone, and you may be expected to do things a little differently. Things are changing at pace in the recruitment industry and with new technologies, tighter regulations & personal data laws, biometrics even, the way in which we recruit is ever-evolving. Be prepared for a career opportunity to come from a place you weren’t expecting. Don’t narrow your potential career outcomes by just relying on job adverts. Many professional job offers are secured via widening your net, encouraging direct approaches and discovering opportunities. Respect the power of smarter networking.
So you are a self-employed professional Interim and like many others, for now, you are totally immersed in and committed to your current client. You have parked those time-consuming activities, that is developing your sales pipeline, at least until you can summon up the right mindset to venture back on to that head-spinning merry-go-round again. But it’s an itch that needs scratching and a necessary evil; baggage that comes with self-employment – a gentle reminder of the less exhilarating side of life as an interim. The harsh reality is you know at some point you will need to devote some time to securing your next assignment and this will mean taking time out to hit the market with a flurry of prospecting calls, pulling out the old faithful list of regular contacts and hopefully set some hares running.
So you are now in your dream job. You are a self-employed, professional Interim Manager. Not answerable to anyone else except yourself. You call the shots and you steer your own ship.
Perfect, except for one thing.
I apologize unreservedly for this blog! You’ve probably seen a lot of information on the new GDPR legislation, there’s a lot of noise around on how your personal data should be processed, although many of the GDPR’s main concepts and principles are much the same as those in the current Data Protection Act. However, there are new elements and significant enhancements which also now have to be considered. It’s worth it though because this means you will have better control of your own data and how it’s used.
So after 20 years in professional recruitment, negotiating the recruitment minefield has taken me in every direction possible, with some unexpected twists and turns along the way, some of my own making, some not and some you just wouldn’t believe (I’ll save those stories for another day). Travelling to each job-offer destination, it is so very easy when you are in the recruitment bubble to be a passenger and forget and lose touch with how it feels to be a Candidate, who may actually be experiencing a very different ride.
The way in which we manage our next career move and job search has changed significantly. To the uninitiated it can be a fairly daunting process; to the more experienced job searcher, there are still lessons to be learnt. Here are a few myths debunked and pointers to be mindful of…