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It’s the Summer Season - the time to see and be seen – so the time could well be right to venture forth and seek a new career move. There is a definite requirement for experienced professionals at the moment so now’s a great time to get your CV out there and start to look for a move.
Historically recruitment is thought to grind to a halt during July/August, but it’s always worth starting the process so that you are in pole position for the big push in September. So tempting though it may be to be distracted by the temptations of “the season”, it could well be that there’s never been a better time to apply for a new job. After all, Wimbledon, Henley, Ascot and the Chelsea Flower Show are now over for another year so why not take advantage of the lack of distractions and start your search.
Despite the reported recent decrease in unemployment a report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG found that we are currently seeing the slowest rise in permanent placements for over two years, and a plateau in the growth for temporary billings. This seems to indicate that employers are in no hurry to fill roles. There is a much greater emphasis than ever before on identifying the “right” candidate and this applies across the board, at all levels and for both temporary and permanent staff.
Temporary assignments are no longer purely short term replacements to cover holiday and sickness leave, but are now often seen as business-critical hires in order to bring in specific skills and knowledge. Specifically, Compliance and Regulatory SMEs and project/change managers continue to be in high demand and short supply as companies implement new regulations and business models.
There is definite recognition in the business community the “perfect candidates” do not necessarily exist and companies are being much more creative as they look for new staff. More and more emphasis is being placed on truly transferable skills and behaviours in addition to technical knowledge and the requirement to deliver in a competency based interview has never been greater. Once you’ve jumped through the hoops of convincing a potential employer that you are the right person for the job there is a lot of light at the end of the tunnel – career paths are definitely becoming more diverse as employers invest in training and development in order to retain their best performers.
So, whilst we’re still officially enjoying the “season”, if you get inspired for change by the creativity of the RA’s Summer Exhibition, before you catch the last few weeks of Glyndebourne, try putting a new CV together and seeing what is out there – nothing ventured……