I’m currently going through what many people say is one of the most stressful things you can ever do, buying a house. Even though the end is now in sight, and thankfully we should be into our new home next week, it’s been a long and arduous journey and almost a year since we first put our flat on the market. The move can’t come soon enough and while I doubt I’ll forget the painful process any time soon, this moment has been well worth the wait. After all, having spent five years in my current place, it would have been easy to stay put and be comfortable but where’s the challenge in that?
The same can be said for making your next career move, particularly if you have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears towards the role and business that you are in at the moment. You know the organisation, have developed strong friendships and are comfortable with the role that you are doing. But there’s that word again, comfortable. Human nature says that we are creatures of habit and I believe that to be true for not all, but most of us. It takes a lot of focus and drive to stay on track and steer your career in the direction that you want it to go and that’s where we can help. The VMA Group consultants come from a variety of backgrounds including in-house comms roles, agency life and other recruitment businesses and see first-hand the opportunities and challenges the communications profession can offer, how to navigate your career and what clients are looking for from a candidate.
Here are our top tips for kick starting your next career move:
- Weigh up your options – Like finding a house, the first job you are offered is not necessarily the right one for you. Whilst it is easy to get frustrated with a job search, it’s important to take your time getting it right, it will be worth it in the long run. Sometimes the perfect opportunity appears at the start and this is great when it happens, but if not do not let your desire for a new role cloud your judgement. Take a step back and ask yourself if this will give you the step up you want and the opportunities and challenges you need
- Stay focused – It is easy to get distracted and loose interest in your current position when you decide to leave, however stay focused and ensure you continue to produce a high quality of work as you never know who you’ll end up working with later in your career
- Reserve judgement – Many people judge something on face value, however try to be open minded when it comes to hearing about new opportunities. Whilst you may not perceive a company to be the kind you want to work for, the perfect roles can often be the ones you least expect. Remember it’s the challenging brands that can be the most interesting and people can often make a job, so don’t make a decision until you’ve met the team and can make an informed choice
- Don’t be put off – Don’t get disheartened if it takes a long time, just focus on the end game and securing the right role for this point in your career. It’s a full time role looking for a job and juggling this with your current one can be tricky so allow yourself the time to find the right fit
- Use intermediaries – It’s a personal choice as to whether you use a ‘middle man’ but we can offer insight into not just the role but the team and company, as well as taking away the pain of the job hunting process
I focus on roles within the Financial and Professional Services sectors and am currently working on a variety of interesting in-house positions ranging from £35K – £70K. If you’re interested in hearing about new opportunities or just want to discuss your CV and career path please get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Natalie Charlesworth
Consultant, External and Marketing Communications Practice