Secret Of Your Job Search Success

Secret Of Your Job Search Success
To carry on our monthly series about real people finding new jobs, this month’s focus is from someone who secured a new role within the Accounting & Finance field, thanks to the recruiters at McGinnis Loy.

Ayodele Ojo

This month we hear from Ayodele Ojo, and asked him to share his job search experiences with us and the readers here at Approachthemarket.co.uk (both good and bad of course !)

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Can we share your new job title and employer?

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Yes sure, I have just joined a FTSE100 listed business near London as a Group Controls / Audit Manager

 

How did you find your job?

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I was referred to McGinnis Loy by a colleague who knew there was a likelihood of redundancy on the horizon in my previous company.  As one of the newest people onboard at the time, I did not want to be in the potential position of job insecurity.  So I was looking, but not desperate for a new role at that time.

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How long were you looking for a new role?

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I decided to move on in March 2011, so I was only looking for 3 months and that included Easter!

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What has been the best and worst parts of your job search?

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The best part was the job preparation I had with Leslie Fearn.  He was able to share other people’s experiences and give me a true insight about the job and company I was going for, and possible reasons why the other candidates failed.

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The worst part was waiting for the background security checks to come back.  A previous colleague of mine had recently been in the same situation with another employer, and he lost the job offer because of an outstanding bill payment, valued less than £50 and which was wrongly sent to an old address. I think that is worse than any rejection – getting the job, then losing it because of something you had no idea was likely to be an issue.

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What was the job hunting process like?

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The process itself was very straight forward.  I only had two interviews and always got timely feedback, which meant I knew how the position and recruitment process was going.  Having done my research on the people interviewing me, it certainly paid off as we were able to talk about F1 racing and Disneyworld during the interview. The only delay was waiting for the company to get the salary approved, but this was understandable as the Director was not around to sign off the documentation.  The background checks came through without any concerns, even though they did take around 4 weeks.

 

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

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Dress smart and be punctual. Be prepared to talk about yourself.  A condensed but interesting and relevant summary will help get the message across very quickly to the interview team if they are still not sure about you from the CV you presented.  Be confident, not arrogant. Smile a lot and try and get some insight to the interviewers’ background within the company by the end of the interview e.g. what makes the company unique from their personal experience. This will give you a lot of insight into the company if the person is very clear in their response, which can be useful to you if you have another round of interviews lined up.

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It is also very important to look into the company you are going to see, and be able to answer “why” you are interested in that company.  One thing I know from my experience is that no matter how good you are, most employers will not want to employ on a permanent basis if they feel the only reason you want to join the company is because you need a job and therefore see them as a meal ticket.  You must find common ground as to what you have that can be mutually beneficial, then you can sell your skills and experience to the interview team.

 

Check their website, use Google, Wiki and Linked-in to search on them and you will find interesting points to talk about during the interview.   The thing to note here is to know the signs about when you should back off if the interviewer does not want to discuss certain topics.  The fact that you found out about something in the first place though is enough of a kudos point in your favour.  The research can also identify reasons why you do not want to join them.  Your research should turn up areas you want clarified during the interview too. Insightful questions during an interview makes you stand out from the crowd and even if you have no questions, then tell them the reason why e.g. the company in question was your case study for your Masters dissertation only submitted last month!

 

Thank you Ayodele for sharing 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 or lfearn@mcginnisloy.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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