When many candidates first approach us, they tell us they’re moving for a whole host of reasons, ranging from a long commute, to unsuitable company culture, to lack of development and progression, to work-life balance. Some feel that they have simply reached a ceiling and want a new challenge, or that they need to be pushed to achieve their long-term career ambitions. They very rarely touch on the main thing that drives most people to move – their salary.
Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for your first career break or have 10+ years’ experience under your belt, changing jobs is something we can all relate to.
A person is so much more interesting if we look beyond what is visible to the naked eye – there is so much more to see. So why are we still placing so much emphasis on what is in black and white – the CV – when there is such a chronic skills shortage? I genuinely believe that our natural instinct is to assume there must be something wrong if a CV does not tick all the boxes. But the trick is to challenge this feeling. It’s very easy to filter and judge, but I believe every one has a story to tell. A lot of people, particularly at a junior level, are rejected out of hand for the wrong reasons.
I have recruited for the agency and in-house sectors for the best part of 20 years. I’ve witnessed many changes and behavioural patterns in how companies recruit and people seek new careers. As a business, we have always had some inkling as to how the jobs market will pan out: whether it will be a candidate’s or client’s market, or whether certain sectors will prosper or find it tough to attract talented individuals. What will happen in 2016?
It’s been a strange old year with more roles being registered in the agency and in-house sectors since July 2013, but the lack of skilled candidates has been at its highest since 2010, which is clearly having a detrimental impact on many company’s ambitions to grow and prosper.