Thinking of career changing? Quite tricky in this market
I’m getting lots of CV’s of bright & energetic candidates. Good CV’s, strong CV’s but I have to admit that once I see the sentence ‘so I now feel I’d like to try something different’…….my heart sinks.
It’s quite a nervous market. Quite a conservative / cautious market & no matter how good your skills are & my expertise is, it’s proving to be practicsally impossible to get candidates that don’t have a CV that isn’t historically a very close match to the role squeezed in. It just doesn’t happen. And I’m close to clients, I’m good with the quirky candidates & the niche roles, but the fact remains that, by & large, they want to see matching work histories, dovetailed similar experiences & in a perfect world similar industries too. It’s not a flamboyant market at all.
It’s also this: candidates are not in short supply. So whereas once upon a time, to a degree, a candidate could swop / pick / choose, those days are gone. The jobs pop up, the similar candidates get the interviews (obviously that’s the key – the ‘career change’ ones are less likely to snare those interviews) & off they go off into the sunset.
Overall I’m finding this market not supportive of career changes & I find it so deflating to have to respond saying, though I’m obviously happy to help, I’m possibly unable to.
Finally. You might read this thinking – surely every job seeker knows this? They don’t. Thus the blog. I respond to every CV with the “I’ll see what I can do” but to get into HR when you’ve been a Teaching Assistant, or to do admin when you’re a Restaurant Manager – it’s not happening. So I can get annoyed, vexed, hurt & disappointed emails back from candidates who just don’t realize. It shouldn’t stop them trying BUT candidates just need to be aware.
I’m Roseanne Stockton. Chester SME Business Woman of 2013 & I successfully run Nu-Recruit.
I place permanent & temporary candidates of the very best quality into great local employers & jobs in Liverpool, Chester, Wirral & Manchester. In a no-fuss, no nonsense way.
And I love what I do. And I’m good at it!
Call me if you think my experience will help you get the best candidate for your job! And please feel free comment on my Blog…..