Think about your job, your "to-do" list when you get into the office this morning. Think about your job description, your KPA's you have to reach. Think about the never-ending deadlines, late nights at the office, grueling long meetings that you have to sit through and the important business decisions that you have to make on a daily basis.
It's a bit daunting thinking about all of the work that needs be done and it's only February! Well, rest assured you are not the only one tackling that mountain.
Believe it or not, Recruitment consultants go through exactly the same pressure, if not more. Says Joanne Bartie of Recruitgroup: "We specialise in placing people and not a product. This task is probably one of the most difficult tasks to perform as each individual has their own wants, needs, ideas, salaries, qualifications, backgrounds, assumptions, goals, personalities and talents. We have to make sure that we place our candidates in positions that will be beneficial to them as well as our clients."
Having said this however, it isn't all up to the recruitment consultants as there are a few very obvious mistakes that job seekers often make, let's have a look at these below so that you can prevent them in your job search for 2014:
Salary: The saying "money makes the world go round" is very true, regardless of what anyone says. When it comes to this topic it always seems a bit sensitive. However, it doesn't have to be. Salary is always the first question on anyone's mind when applying for a job or when a consultant calls you about a position. Firstly, find out about the job description, where the company is located, type of company and why the position is open. These are vital factors to know before you even bring up salary. The reason for this is because salary should not be your number one motivating factor for you to apply for a job.
Trust your recruitment consultant: Consultants deal with salaries, salary expectation and salary negotiations on a daily basis. This is part of their job description. Please keep in mind that no consultant who is serious about their job would put a candidate forward to a position that would not be able to pay the job seeker accordingly. Therefore always be honest with your consultant and trust that your consultant has your best interests at heart.
Unrealistic salary expectations: This is a very common mistake job seekers often make. Says Joanne: "I often hear my candidates answer this question, "Why are you looking for such a large increase in your salary?" "Well, because I believe I'm worth it?"" Now, does this answer really make sense? Would you hire someone if they answered a question like that? You need to be realistic with your salary expectations and not be greedy as this will leave a bad taste in the interviewers mouth. You may miss out on an excellent career opportunity to another candidate who is realistic with their salary when you were not. This is why recruitment consultants also advise their candidates not to discuss salary or salary expectations in the interview as the salary expectation may change after the interview. Therefore, always ask if you can go home, think about it, and take all the factors into consideration to make an informed decision.
Post-interview demands: Very often after the interview has taken place, quite a few demands start being made. Although this in itself is not a problem, it can become one if the demands are completely unrealistic. For example a 50% salary increase, with flexi-work hours and 30 days leave a year. This sounds doable right? Wrong. If you were looking to hire someone in your team, would you hire someone with such outrageous demands? Always wait for feedback from the client, remain humble, logical and level-headed in the process. It is very important to listen to your recruitment consultant as they are there to give you guidance and to make your life a little easier.
Says Joanne: "At the end of the day, this is our job. Recruitment is what we specialise in, it's all we do, talk about, think about and love about our job. We understand what the market looks like when it comes to salaries, market trends, which companies are retrenching, which companies are hiring, what positions are available on the market right now, what type of people our clients tend to hire and who the right people are to work with. Therefore we are looking to work with job seekers who take us seriously and see us as professionals as well. Our ultimate goal is to place the right people in the right position with the right client to make a difference. Consultants are looking for business partners and not just statistics for the monthly targets. With these tips, let's tackle 2014 the right way and work together to make the recruitment process as simple and carefree as possible."
Joanne Bartie - Finance Recruitment Consultant - Recruitgroup Silver Stream Business Park 10 Muswell Road Bryanston 011 465 3360
As a result of our positive expansion and growth since the inception of Recruit IT Solutions in 2006, the Recruit Group was officially registered as the holding company for our divisions and is made up of; Recruit IT Solutions, Recruit Mi and Recruit Fin.
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