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How to Review Your Options and Take Back Control of Your Career

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Do you loath your work or are you in a job that’s going nowhere? If you’re thinking of kicking off a new job search, read our latest blog for five great tips on how you can take back control of your career.

We spend more than a third of our time awake at work so we should at least enjoy the work we do, right? If you do not, then perhaps you need to review what career options are available to you. To help you get your job search off to a great start, here are five great tips to consider.

Know When It is Time to Move on

You should first consider what is driving you to want to move on before you commit to leaving your current job. If you feel that you are underpaid compared to the market or do not feel you are getting enough professional development, then talking to your manager about these concerns may help to resolve them. That said, should your concerns revolve around issues that could be outside of your manager’s control or that you are not being listened to, then you should consider what other options you have on the table.

Check the state of the Job Market

Like most markets, the job market is prone to peaks and troughs throughout the year. Your first port-of-call should be popular job boards such as Seek, Trade Me or YUDU, to gain insight on how much activity there is in your current market. Search your ideal job titles, filter by your location and make a note of the number of hits that appear and how long ago these vacancies were listed. If there is a low number of roles or large amounts of time between job listings, your market may be going through a quiet phase and it could pay off to wait until the industry picks back up again. This also enables you to review what key skills employers are currently looking for and provide you with the chance to ensure these are evident in your own CV.

Consult a Recruitment Expert

Whilst checking job boards is a great first step, you should also remember to check in with a dedicated Recruitment Consultant who specialises in your sector. Not every role is publicly advertised, and Recruiters can often work exclusively with clients to source potential employees on their behalf. By having a trusted Recruitment Consultant on your side, you can connect with excellent opportunities that you would otherwise miss out on. Your Recruiter will also consult you on the current market and can provide you with advice on how to better enable yourself to find that next role.

Connect with Your Network

Recruiters are not the only people who may know of vacancies that are not advertised. Your old colleagues, managers and peers can also be fantastic sources for potential jobs, so it is important that you take the time to reconnect with them and leverage your industry connections. Do not worry if you have not been in touch with people for a while, everyone is busy, and most people will appreciate you taking the time to check in.

Consider the Contracting Market

Professionals who have been in permanent employment for a while can forget to consider the contract market despite the fact it can be highly lucrative. If you have been in your field for a considerable time and have built an impressive repertoire of skills and experiences, accepting a fixed-term contract can be a great way to leverage your expertise at a pay rate that is often much higher than a temporary or permanent employee.

We wrote a guide dedicated on everything you should know before you become a contractor in New Zealand, so be sure to check it out if this interests you.

Closing Thoughts

We spend a lot of time at work, so you might as well find a job that works for you. We hope that the above guide has given you some ideas on where to start when you want to look for a new role, and that contracting might be a suitable option for you. The next step would be to ensure you have a winning CV, update your LinkedIn profile and start applying for jobs.

If you are looking for work in Accounting, Finance or Business Support roles, be sure to check out our Job Board for our latest vacancies.


How to Review Your Options and Take Back Control of Your Career

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