Just how hard is it to break out of making a bad job decision?
I placed a candidate this month who’d had a steady general office admin job for 8 years. Very poorly paid (on minimum wage for all that time & only moved up as she’d hit 21) & had taken what she felt was the right move, into a completely different working arena. Her thought process was solid: her disillusionment at being ‘left alone’ in her job by poor employers had disappointed her. She was unrewarded daily by the environment & financially. So she moved jobs, deliberately doing something completely different she thought she’d be good at. She has patience & on meeting her, clearly evidenced, caring traits & so went into Care.
10 months later I met her.
She was practically on a zero hour contract, had to work split shifts (this had barely been explained to her). She did enjoy the caring side of the role & yes, earned more money than previously, but had realized her mistake & had gone back to applying to admin jobs with no positive responses at all. It had started to dawn on her that she’d made a poor career move.
Was she right?
The problem with job seeking in a very saturated market isn’t you. It’s the market. Some jobs; retail, care, hospitality, seem awfully devalued in the office world of work. They tend to be easy to slip into but hard to break out of & employers don’t seem to find them that attractive on CV’s. Time slips & you end up starting something for a ’stop-gap’ & being there 3 years. This candidate recognized fast the passage of time & was flexible in her approach to get back into mainstream office work & it’s THIS that’s crucial.
We got her a brilliant, well matched job. She prepared for her interview & did research & went in with questions. She took it seriously from the start. When it was offered she got slightly less money than she wanted. The start time is a little earlier than a busy Mum (which is what she is) would’ve liked BUT she glossed over the small, possibly negative detail & looked at the bigger picture & realized it was a brilliant chance to get back into an office environment with a solid, rewarding organization. And she was right to be flexible.
She’s an excellent candidate. She’ll be loyal & show her true colours fast. She’ll learn, be open to learning & she’s ready to settle in an administrative role & add real value to their Team. 6 more months & she probably would’ve REALLY struggled to get back into an office job. No matter how good she was.
My advice if you’ve ‘slipped’ into retail, care or hospitality & you really don’t like it & want to be back in an office – be flexible with what you’re looking for. Time moves fast & always remember (this goes for any applicant) there are lots of candidates doing that job right now that may look more appealing & crucially, keep an eye on your IT skills: bluntly put, if they slip & you’re really going to struggle. And all jobs require some admin function: make sure your CV clearly states what they are.
I’m Roseanne Stockton & I successfully run Nu-Recruit Career Consultants – I place permanent & temporary candidates of the very best quality into great local employers & jobs in Liverpool, Chester & Wirral. In a no-fuss, no nonsense way.
And I love what I do.
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…..