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 Matt Wilkins, and asked him to share his job search experiences with us (both good and bad).

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Matt Wilkins

Matt Wilkins

Can we share your new job title and employer?

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Yes sure, its Financial Controller at Pharmalink Consulting

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How did you find your job?

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I had decided it was time to move on from my previous employer and I spoke to McGinnis Loy as they had placed me twice before and the role at Pharmalink became available through them.

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How long were you looking for a new role?

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I decided to move on in November last year and the role at Pharmalink came up quite quickly after that.  In total I was only looking for 3 months and that included Christmas!

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

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The best part was definitely dealing with Les Fearn at McGinnis Loy.  He rang me often and always kept me in the loop with what was coming up and what new roles I may be interested in. He is always so positive and I’m sure he helped boost my self-confidence on more than one occasion.

The worst part was the waiting game – waiting to hear back from potential employers who would give positive feedback initially and then go quiet. I think that is worse than any rejection.

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What was the job hunting process like?

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I guess the process itself was fairly easy. I spent quite a bit of time doing some research on the company and found out what I could even though they are a privately owned business. I made sure I had written down a list of questions I wanted to ask in the interview and that I actually covered them in the interview as well.

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I had a haircut and made sure my best suit was cleaned and went to all the interviews with my head focused on how I was going to sell myself.  I had an initial interview with my new boss which seemed to go well but then she was away for a week, which meant that all my excitement had to be kept down for a little while. I did some more research into the company and found out that they owned  a local football club.  I then made sure I was up to date on the club’s results and league position, just so I could cover that if need be.  I had a second interview with some of the senior managers and another chat with my new boss.  By the time I had returned home from the interview they had offered me the job, which was just amazing.  I was expecting that they might think about it for a few days and then maybe make a decision.

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

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I think it is very important to look into the company you are going to see.  It is worth doing some financial checks on them to make sure they are doing well, and read their website to make sure you know what their industry is, enabling you to talk knowledgably about their business.  Les was also very good at telling me what type of people they recruit for, and what parts of my experience I should be trying to sell.

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It is also worth remembering that you are interviewing prospective employers as much as they are interviewing you. Having done some recruitment myself, I find those people that ask questions and have done some good research are actually those I would rather employ, than those with just a fantastic looking CV!

 

Thank you Matt 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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