Whether it’s to lose weight, be more healthy, more frugal, there are many resolutions being made at this time of year, however, if your resolution is to find a new job or make more hires, here are some resolutions we at Inspire Selection think can help you on your way:
Looking for a job?
Do your research; work out what you excel in, what you enjoy and what you are qualified to do. Look into roles and organisations that allow you to make the most of your skills and interests and investigate which opportunities are available. Research the culture of the organisations, network with any contacts you can find employed there, even if they are not responsible for hiring a personal introduction is always preferable.
Do NOT apply for every role. As well as wasting your time, a scattergun approach to finding a job does not encourage people to take you seriously. Consultants tend to specialise by industry and levels of seniority, so find one who can best represent you. Clearly communicate your skills and experience and the direction you are hoping to take your career in.
Be honest (with yourself)
Understand your own motivations for looking for a new role and the amount of work and effort required. Only apply for jobs that you are 100% suitable for, manage your expectations about salary and if you are hoping for an offer of a new job purely to get a counter offer from your existing employer – look at remedying your current situation without involving other parties.
Looking to hire?
Before advertising or enlisting an agency, get sign off on the role. Spend time understanding the role – what skills and experience will be required in order to make it successful and be realistic about the level of the person available and willing to do the role within the salary bands offered. Write a comprehensive job description and be prepared to fully brief anyone responsible for sourcing for the role on the company culture and environment. Ensure that all stakeholders are in agreement and signed up to the timelines. Find out the best way of sourcing your candidates – which media is best or which recruitment agency specialises in that area.
Plan and agree the key criteria, the must have and the nice to have and stick to it. Schedule time for briefing, reviewing CVs and interviews. As soon as the role is put to market treat it as a priority and be available and willing to work towards getting the role filled.
Be honest (with
Whether you are enlisting an agency or speaking directly with candidates, be open and honest with them. Respond to CVs sent – if they are not hitting the mark, explain why. At interview stage, give honest feedback, respect people’s time and situation and very importantly – if the role is filled/put on hold or cancelled let all stakeholders know immediately so they can prioritise their activities elsewhere.
What should Inspire Selection do to help our candidates and clients this year?
We promise to:
We are experts in our industries, we speak to and meet employers and candidates every single day and understand the trends in the market and the talent available. If you brief us on a role, we may already have a long list of suitable candidates in mind and will also help you to manage your stakeholder’s expectations. The more information you provide us regarding the role, the ideal candidate and the organisation, the closer we can match your requirements.
As a candidate, you can expect us to be fully knowledgeable about your industry and can advise you on how best to present yourself to potential employers.
If you are serious about enlisting us in your search for talent, we can prioritise our time to fill your vacancy to enable you to get on with running your business.
Be honest (with you)
It is not in anyone’s interest for us to present unsuitable candidates to clients or roles to candidates. If we believe that the candidate spec is unrealistic due to current market conditions, we will let you know immediately and suggest changes that can be made. Similarly, as a candidate you can expect us to manage your expectations regarding roles and salary.
Searching for a job or looking for an ideal candidate takes time, patience and commitment. Finding a suitable partner and working in an open manner can speed up and result in a more successful outcome.
If you’re looking for help with your recruitment needs – to fill a vacancy or find a job get in touch: