I am often contacted by trainee and graduate Building Surveyors and Quantity Surveyors who are looking for their first job. Some are looking for part time roles whilst studying, whilst others have graduated and are looking for their first full time job. Many find this first step the hardest and with every employer looking for some level of experience they often turn to us for help. Unfortunately we are not often able to help as our clients generally have highly specific requirements for candidates with specific areas of experience. Even though I can’t help directly, I always like to support with advice.
So, here it is. It’s not rocket science but I am told that it has helped in the past so it could help you.
New Job – It’s all about the money!!! …or is it?
For many people a new job means a rise in salary and status but in the formative years of your career, a focus on salary can be a big turnoff for employers and the kiss of death in an interview.
During the past 12 months I have seen a definite shift in hiring patterns in the Surveying market. Due to the specialist focus of my work I am often asked by employers and job seekers for a market overview, so here are my findings and how they may affect you.
Jobs… We all need them, we spend most of our waking life in them, so why not love them! It’s about time you found the perfect job but don’t be hasty, there’s a lot to consider.
Holding on to and attracting good quality staff in a busy market is key to keeping up with the growing demands of a growing company. As you grow, so do your staff requirements and those new staff members have to come from somewhere…
On a daily basis I speak to Surveyors across London and the South East who are looking for their next job. There are a multitude of reasons as to why they are looking to move, the most common being that there is no room for progression or they were mis-sold the role. However, more and more commonly people are moving jobs because of the amount of time they spend commuting to work. Whether they are driving or using public transport, some are spending upwards of 2 hours each way on their journey to work and they are realising that this is ruining their quality of life.
Working with Surveyors of all ages I spend a large proportion of my time talking to people about their experiences, both in the workplace and at job interviews.
Everyone is aware of age discrimination laws as part of the Equality Act 2010 and for most people it appears to be the older job seeker that comes to mind when someone mentions age discrimination, however, recently I have seen the other side of the coin.
It’s a New Year. You’re rested, you’ve probably eaten and drank too much over Christmas and suddenly the festive season is over and it’s time to get back to work…
…Did you walk to the office with heavy feet? Does eating leftover Christmas sprouts fill you with more joy than the thought of getting behind your all too familiar desk?
Christmas can be the best time to search for a new job. Shrug off your Christmas party hangover, beat the competition and kick off the New Year with your perfect job.