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With over 12 years experience in the recruitment industry and a back catalogue of clients spanning some of the most innovative brands in UX, there’s nobody better placed to offer job seekers advice than our long-standing Head of Permanent Recruitment, Ryan Ollerenshaw.

1. Start with a clear objective

Searching for a new job can feel like a job in itself, so when you first begin your search for a new position or project you should have clear objectives as to what exactly it is you're looking for.

Start by writing down the core elements that will make up your ideal position;

  • Type of organisation you would want to join
  • Skills you want to utilise or learn
  • Motivations for the move
  • Salary you are looking to achieve
  • The benefits that are the most important to you

Further into the job hunt process (and hopefully with this guide), you will have several job offers available and by outlining your main objectives and motivations early doors which will help ensure decisions are easier to make in the long term.

Having this understanding of what you want to achieve and what you are after will be fundamental to getting the best from your recruitment consultant in addition to those direct applications.

2. Take an organised approach

You will need a clear and organised approach to land your next position. In addition to working with your recruiter to actively market yourself you'll need to also work through your network of friends, colleagues and industry peers and most importantly keep track of your applications!

Whatever the approach, you will find the job hunt more manageable and more successful if you stay organised from the outset of your search. By being organised you can ensure you don't duplicate applications or get taken by surprise when a potential employer calls you about a role!  

Here at Consortia we ensure every candidate knows the name of the organisation they will be applying to before the CV is sent, it is however thei responsibility to ensure that any other recruitment consultant you're using also gives you the name of every client they wish to submit you to to avoid any cross-over. Sadly duplicate applications have a negative impact on the candidate, not the recruiters, as the company assume poor communication or, worse still, repeated attempts on the part of the candidate to raise interest in their CV.

3. How to deal with counter offers

Now is the time to think about what your current company would need to offer to make you stay, NOT at the end of the process. If you are leaving to start a bidding war, remember that 70% of counter offered candidates leave within the next 12 months.

If the chance for promotion has passed by, ask yourself, if push came to shove and they offered you a position, would you take it? If it’s money and they can match your chance to move will you take it? Knowing what would make you stay and if you should/could. Having a frank conversation with your line manager rather than your recruiter will ensure that you are making the move for the right reasons.

With your objectives and approach clearly defined, with a methodical and organised approach at the heart of the process, you should find you’re strategy for finding your next job will shape up nicely!

If you’re looking for a new position and would like more information on available roles in your area, please get in touch with one of the team at or call 0203 397 4565.

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