Secret Of Your Job Search Success

Secret Of Your Job Search Success

To carry on our monthly stories about real people finding new jobs, this months focus is from someone who secured a new role within the Accounting & Finance field, thanks to the recruiters at McGinnis Loy This month we hear from Allan Kerr, and asked him to share his job search experiences with us (both good and bad).

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Allan Kerr Tells Approachthemarket.com About His New Role

Allan Kerr Tells Approachthemarket.com About His New Role

Can we share your new job title and employer?

By all means, I have just secured a new role with Xerox UK as one of their Commercial Finance Managers

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How did you find your job?

I initially saw the job that McGinnis Loy advertised online via Total Jobs

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How long were you looking for a new role?

Since I left my last role, it has been approximately 8 weeks

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What was the best and worst parts of your job search?

The best part was the enthusiasm and positivity of some of the agencies and their staff. The worst was the agencies who promised the earth and then never came back to you.

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What was the job hunting process like?

A lot of the jobs being recruited now take a substantial amount of time so there seems to be a long process involved in terms of HR and the management structure.  The process seems to go in fits and starts and you have hectic periods where you need fast responses followed by periods of waiting for what seems a long time.  In my opinion, there are also a lot of jobs available in the market (at least within Finance & Accounting) as opposed to the current perception of the job market.

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Is there anything else you’d like to share that could help other job seekers ?

Remain patient – if there are quiet periods betwen interviews this does not mean you have not reached the next stage but only that the company are taking their time to make a decision so stay positive!  Try not to adopt the scatter gun approach to applying for jobs and registering with agencies as this will ultimately lead to duplication of applications and many employers will either frown on this or discard your CV completely.  Researching your potential employer can also assist when asked questions in an interview as you can respond in a manner which suits the role and employer.

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Finally, be organised, plan your journey to the interview to ensure that you have plenty of time, and keep notes on each interview so you can remind yourself who you spoke to and some of the key points should you go back for a second interview.  I would also recommend you keep details of each role and recruitment agency that you have registered with, aswell as the names and job details so you can keep on top of the situation.

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Thank you Allan for sharing with us your views and tips for people who are currently job hunting, and best of luck in your new role.  If you would like to share your job search experiences for next month’s story, please email me at leslie@approachmarket.com

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Best wishes

Leslie Fearn

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Leslie has over 15 years Recruitment experience helping blue-chip corporates to SME businesses recruit for their Finance teams.  As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy, a Specialist HR and Finance Recruiter across the Thames Valley and London, he is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today.  Follow his helpful tweets on Twitter: McGinnisLoy

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