Candidate Tips: Be prepared to move fast
In the current job market there is a high demand for candidates in all of our sectors. The market is moving rapidly and employers are desperate to fill roles — but what does this mean for you as a job seeker and potential candidate? We’ve gathered some tips and advice from our recruitment experts to help you navigate job hunting during this time.
Don't send your CV everywhere
You might think that sending your CV to every potential employer will increase your chances of getting an interview, but it can actually have the opposite effect. As a candidate, you will get diluted — especially if you are not altering your CV to suit each job application. Because of this, the perception of who you are may also get misrepresented.
Be prepared to move fast
The job market is booming, but clients are still facing a number of challenges when it comes to recruiting the perfect candidate. The rapid speed of the market means that people aren’t moving for money, but rather for great opportunities that need filling ASAP. This hot demand means that candidates have no choice but to move quickly, so be prepared to make immediate changes if you have a successful job application.
Uncover the real reason why you're moving jobs
Although financial gain is a tempting reason to move jobs, you shouldn’t do it solely for money. It’s important to uncover the real reason why you want to move and instead find a role that's perfectly suited to your skillset and needs. Remember, you can always negotiate your salary if you are not happy with the employer’s offer.
Going for a casual coffee is not an interview
Although it’s not a formal interview, getting a casual coffee with a potential employer does create opportunities. If you decide to reach out for a chat, make sure you come prepared with questions to ask about them and their company so no time is wasted. It’s also important to be clear on the kind of roles you’re looking for even if there is no current opportunity at their company — New Zealand is a small place and it’s likely they could connect you with other people in the industry who may be able to help you.
Dress to impress
First impressions are everything, so it’s important that you make an effort to dress appropriately for an interview or meeting with a potential employer. Even if your line of work involves being on site all day, you need to make an effort to look tidy.
Consider all types of work
Contracting, temping, permanent or fixed term — there are lots of different opportunities for work that may interest you, and each come with their own benefits and requirements. Contracting is a popular recruitment solution for many employers as they can often bridge skill gaps and help meet short-term capacity demands. Temping is also a great option for candidates looking for shorter work commitments where you may be employed for a specific assignment for a set amount of time.
The candidate short market means that employers are needing their job vacancies filled as soon as possible. If you’re looking for a new job opportunity but are unsure where to start, then get in touch with one eighty today. Our team of recruitment experts are here to help you find a role that’s perfect for you.