When should you look for a new job?

June 17th, 2014

NOW! That was easy wasn’t it?


In truth if you were curious enough to take a look at a blog post that has the title like this then chances are you have already been considering whether it’s worth weighing up your options.

This is not to say that you are looking to leave your current company, you are probably at a company that you have been at for a long time. However if you have been at your current employment for a year or more the industry will have changed a lot since you last were looking and so, a moment to take stock is usually a good idea.

So you have now decided that you would like to have gander at the market, congratulations that’s step 1 complete! You now are faced with 2 choices. The first will be to use a recruiter or to look yourself. Both have their plus points and both have their negatives of which there has been a plethora of articles, blogs and websites that have made them very widely known.

The issue is that you almost need to choose either one or the other. Recruiters are instantly nullified if they are trying to send you for a role you have applied for directly but in truth they might have more influence over that same company beyond a CV and cover letter as they have a relationship with the hiring manager. On the other hand the companies would prefer you didn’t because they have to shell out if you get the job. It is a tough decision. I would use a recruiter but I’m biased!

One way or another you have decided, now it’s time to sort your CV. There are so many catastrophic mistakes that candidates fall down on and seeing how the CV is basically a snapshot into your life it could be the difference between that dream job and temping at a fast-food “restaurant” just to keep afloat…ok it’s not that bad, but pretty bad. CVs should be 2 pages max, it should be clear, concise and tailored to each specific job and devoid of any irrelevant red herrings that distract the hiring manager! Evidence and facts are always helpful as it backs up your claims with quantifiable achievements and give you so much more credibility. The number 1 cardinal sin, however, for a CV is to have spelling mistakes! I come across them far too often and it just leaves me thinking that the guilty candidate hasn’t paid any attention to detail which could cost him or her a job.

So you have a kick-ass CV, a superstar recruiter, now begins the hard work. Once you get an interview the whole process gets ramped up a notch! One of the biggest misconceptions people have with interviews is that it’s some battle with the interviewer over supremacy of the meeting room like something out of Rocky. It is really a 2-way process.

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You should be just as quizzical as to the role and the company as the interviewer is about you and your experience. This is a place that you are going to be spending your days for the foreseeable future so it had better be worth your life! You will probably (definitely) see your colleagues more than your family so it would be stupid to not get it all checked out. It’s also worth noting that the interviewer might be your boss one day so you need to understand what they are looking for! Come prepared with some key questions to ask them, show that you have done your homework on previous work. You need to know what you would be doing, even if you have a good idea already. You need to know what the company is like to work for.

2/3 interviews down and then suddenly you have an offer for that job! Congrats! Your recruiter can then negotiate salary for you if needed as well as make sure everything is signed, sealed and delivered with nothing left to sort.

All that’s left to do is to resign, breaking up is always tough, but your employer will understand…or wont, but you have a new job so it’s ok…

….best to leave on a good note though.


If you fancy a chat about your next move or are looking for some amazing new recruits that tick all of the boxes give me a call on 020 7240 2618 or email me at ben@zulubravomedia.com

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