Are you a serial job hunter? Do you sit waiting with your finger ready to pounce on the mouse as you scroll endlessly through job adverts? Have you applied to so many jobs that you no longer keep track of who they are with? Have you forgotten who the companies you interviewed with previously were?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then, yes, you are most definitely a serial job hunter! Is this a bad thing you might ask and I can tell you for certain that it is!
It is understandable that if you are without a job you may feel panicked, have bills to pay, etc. There is an urge to cover as many opportunities as you possibly can in order to give you the best chance at securing your next job. This is a common misconception. Spreading yourself so thin will cause you to lose focus, be overwhelmed and underprepared, ultimately causing you to miss-out on good opportunities. Focusing on two to three jobs at a time is ideal. You will need to be available to take time off work for interview/spend money on transport, which can be 2-4 rounds. You will also need time to prepare for the interview in advance, do research on the company and make sure you are ready to talk through your relevant experience in detail.
Some people opt to working with multiple recruitment consultants, the more you work with the more you can cover right? Wrong! Any of you reading this will know exactly what I am talking about. First off, your phone will not stop ringing so your friends will start to think that you are now the PA for Madonna. Secondly your inbox will be spammed with hundreds of job descriptions that are not relevant either because the salary is too low, the skills requirements don’t match, or the job is based in Timbuktu. Thirdly, your CV will be blasted out to every HR inbox in ROI, whether you have agreed to it or not. The end result being that you waste your time interviewing for roles that don’t really match what you want, you end up tarnishing your future chances with these companies and ultimately swearing off working with recruiters ever again.
Now, if I wanted to give you a sales pitch I would tell you at this point to only work with me, that I am the answer to your career problems and that I will find you the job of your dreams, while all of this is of course true, I do understand that people like to work with more than one recruiter to cover their bases. I will say that you should limit the number you work with to a maximum of 2 or, at a push, 3, think of the old saying "too many cooks spoil a broth". You will cover the whole market if you work with two of the top recruitment companies in the country and Morgan McKinley is one of them. Take the time to think about what you really want: salary, location, company sector, company size, what are your likes, what are your dislikes, etc. It’s almost like a dating agency and if you are going to be spending the best part of your life with this company you are going to want to make sure that it’s a perfect match.
So to summarise…
Don’t send your CV around like the Toy Show giveaway. Be clear about what you want and be vocal about this to your recruitment consultant. Work with a consultant who has time to listen and understand your job requirements and sends you accurate and suitable job opportunities. Finally, pick a small number of job opportunities to consider at a time and really do the research on the company and be prepared. Always be prepared!