The Perfect Candidate Situation

The Perfect Candidate Situation

Most Recruiters have an idea in the back of their minds as to their version of the perfect candidate’s situation. Remember this is an ideal (can you hear the bluebirds singing?) and will also be linked to the job role’s requirements.

However, in it’s most basic format:

  • You would still be working in your current role.
  • You would have been employed there for at least three years (dependent on level) and have seen some progression.
  • You will still be enjoying it where you are, but curious as to what else is out there.
  • Interested in broadening your experience and therefore keen to hear about specific opportunities in companies and industries that are important to you in some way, with which you have a connection.
  • These opportunities will complement and utilise the skill set you have already and will develop you further.
  • You are not disenchanted or desperate to leave already.
  • You have no time pressures.
  • You have the time and energy to search for the right fit. Yet, and this is important, you are committed and able to leave if the role was right.

Yeah right, I hear you cry. For many job hunters the situation is far from described.  There are a multitude of scenarios we might find ourselves in leading to a job search. Usually one of the following:

  • In work with notice and able to continue whilst looking.
  • Immediately available with or without pressure to work as soon as possible.
  • In work with notice, clock watching, hating ever second and constantly thinking about quitting, with or without a new job.
  • In work and unable to decide whether to quit or not before securing a new role.
  • Aware that in x months time you may be available (currently on maternity leave, on a contract or in a temporary position, on gardening leave, secondment, threat of redundancy, traveling.)

So how can you bridge that gap?

  1. Contain your frustration, look for the positives. Focus on moving toward something not away from your current situation.
  2. Look. Whatever the circumstances, keep on the search. Be systematic, patient and most importantly productive. Your circumstances are subject to change at any point, yet make your criteria and search consistent regardless. Cross leaving when you get to that point.
  3. Demonstrate how you have developed in the roles you have held and why you have made the moves you have.
  4. Clearly show what the right job for you looks like and how this role in this organisation meets your needs as well as theirs.

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Sarah Cooper has over 14 years Recruitment experience gained in both an internal and agency environment. As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy Ltd, specialist Finance and HR Recruiters, she is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today. Follow her tweets @approachmarket

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