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We understand looking for a new job can be emotional, stressful, exciting, unnerving and may put you out of your comfort zone.
Our Consultants are highly experienced and able to offer you the right advice, support and service dependent on your career goals and objectives. Our consultants have a full understanding of their markets, and because we stick to what we know best, we are able to offer candidates access to some of the best temporary, contract and permanent jobs on the market, some of which will be advertised exclusively only with us.
More and more frequently, when employees resign, they provoke an attempt to buy them back, more money, promotions, and a new job spec. Over a barrel, employers will often try almost anything.
So how should you view counter offers?
– Faced with the possibility of losing an employee and the time, cost and trouble of recruiting a replacement, many companies will try really hard to persuade good employees to stay.
– Most throw money at the problem but other incentives include promotion, additional benefits such as increased holiday, a change of reporting lines or working environment or working conditions, even a new job specification.
– They might try any number of different combinations but never forget, the reason they are doing it is to benefit them, NOT to benefit you. If they had been thinking about you, they would not have waited until you resigned to do something about it.
– Indeed your first thought about a counter offer attempt should be to view it negatively as if a company has been undervaluing you or underutilising you for a significant period of time, what kind of an employer are they?
– You should not forget that they know you are not committed to them long term and consequently will be unlikely to favor you over other internal candidates for promotion into key long-term roles.
– Counter offers are all about short-term problems. Furthermore, if you are known to have resigned and been brought back this could encourage negative reactions from colleagues who are either resentful, or dismissive of your integrity.
For these reasons, if a company could do something which would keep you, you should raise this with the appropriate people at the company before you start looking for another job, as using a job offer as a stick to get them to do something is highly likely to backfire.
Be wary of counter offers and never forget that you would not have resigned unless you had found another opportunity, which is both a good career move and feels right emotionally.
As a final word on counter offers, latest statistics show approximately 90% fail within 12 months, because although a company will do anything possible to hang on to someone whilst they put in place contingency staffing plans, fundamentally nothing changes.
Preparing for Interviews – Our 'Top 10 Tips'
1. Visit the company’s website, print off the “about us” and “press release” pages and highlight key information, i.e. business history, company age, what’s new and exciting. Take this with you and keep it in view – knowing their business will impress your interviewer(s).
2. Have a thorough read of the Job Description and any other relevant documentation your Consultant sends you.
3. Always plan your route and allow for delays. Aim to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your interview start time, this will give you time to compose yourself and shows that you are reliable.
4. If, for any reason, you are going to be late for your appointment due to unforeseen circumstances, contact your consultant at Maxim as early as possible, we will inform the client of the delay.
5. Even if the client has a relaxed dress code, always go “suited and booted”.
6. If there is more than one interviewer, introduce yourself to everyone individually, and throughout the interview talk to all interviewers. Answer any questions directly and support your answers with working evidence where possible.
7. NEVER discuss contract rates or salary with the client. All too often candidates are inclined or pressured into discussing these very sensitive negotiations directly. Our consultants are highly trained in their ability to negotiate the salary and package you desire and in some circumstances we will exceed your salary expectations.
8. Be enthusiastic and positive, don’t criticize previous employers or colleagues, focus on positive achievements and views. Always thank the interviewer(s) for their time. Do not be afraid to tell them that you feel the interview went well and meeting with them has confirmed your interest in the role and the company.
9. Example questions to ask interviewers:
“What are your expectations of the successful candidate?”
“How will the successful applicants performance be measured?”
“Where do your see the company in 5 years’ time?”
“Why is this position vacant?”
“Who would the successful applicant be reporting to?”
“Do you have any reservations?”
This is your opportunity to overcome any concerns the client may have about your skills, experience and relevancy to their position.
10. BE YOURSELF. An interview is a two way process and you need to be 100% sure that the position is right for you, just as much as you are right for the position!
A Guide to the Perfect CV
Education & Skills
Hobbies & Interests
1. Personal Information:
Candidates can be wary about disclosing personal contact information on their CV, we would therefore recommend you list your home town rather than full postal address, your personal email address and your personal mobile phone number only. It's important hirers can contact you by phone and email so always ensure this is written clearly on your CV and is updated should your contact details change. We recommend you do not include your date of birth anywhere on the CV.
2. Personal Statement
A personal statement will be the next piece of information a hirer will read. Remember that the average hirer spends only 7 seconds reading your CV so you don't need to include a lot of information, only the key points. Include things like:
What job you are looking for
Why are you looking for a new job
Your key attributes
3. Work Experience:
This section is probably the most valuable to the hirer, here they will get a snap shot of your relevant experience, get an idea of your career background and your transferable skills into their position. We think using the formula below is a good, clear way of detailing this.
Name of the company
Date range that you worked there
Description of your role
4. Education & Skills:
Do you have any qualifications that would look great on your CV? Showing the grades you achieved in school is good, but providing extra information on extra key skills you have gained is also very attractive to hirers. This is also the section on your CV where you can make hirers aware if you are a driver and have your own transport, if you have IT systems experience and in what programs i.e. MS Word, Excel, Outlook
5. Hobbies & Interests:
You can include any hobbies or interests that you may have. It will give the hirer an insight into you and your personality that may make you relatable and stand out from the crowd!
Try and keep your CV to only 1 or 2 pages, keeping the most important and relevant information visible. You want to keep a hirers attention and showcase the best of what you can do.
You do not need an image of yourself in any form, as it takes up space and is not relevant when applying for a job.
Keep your CV clean and smart using soft colours and easy to read fonts.