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Decisions, decisions, decisions

Posted by: Jessica Wood on Mon 22 July 2013


Decisions, decisions, decisions

Moving jobs is a big decision – and it is hugely important to do what is right for you. You need to feel comfortable that any change is made for the right reasons, and any move fits with your real motivators. The last thing you want is to find that, having accepted a new position, it isn’t really what you want after all. It’s amazing the time and effort you might save yourself if you spend some time thinking before you start doing!

Your wishlist

So, you’re thinking of making a major change and looking for a new role with a new employer. Would you plan a dinner party without making a shopping list? Probably not. And that’s just for one evening entertaining your friends. Your professional life surely deserves at least the same level of planning and attention. When looking to progress your career, one of the first things to consider doing is writing your ‘shopping list’.

What do you really want? What are your real reasons for wanting to change roles? Could you achieve some (or all?) of your shopping list from your current employer? For example, maybe you’re looking for an increase in salary or for more responsibility. It may well be that the business you are currently working for would love to keep you and could help meet some of your ‘wants’ – if they simply knew what they were. If it is then clear that a move is the way forward, a good interviewer will drill down into your drivers for wanting to leave your current employer – so you still need to be sure you know the answer to this question!

Like with many things in life, if you’re clear on what you want before you start, you should find that you get a much better end result.

Career moves and counter-offers

Let’s have a quick look at the employer’s perspective. The business has a need for a new member of staff, the rest of their team are stretched to their full capacity and they desperately need another person to share the workload. The recruitment process typically takes a lot of time and effort (and rightly so of course, given how important it is to have the right people in the right role!). They make the ultimate decision and select their preferred candidate. They make the offer, the candidate accepts, it’s all systems go and they await the start date.

Then comes the bombshell…

The chosen candidate decides that they no longer wish to accept the role – or worse, lets them down on the actual joining date, or very close to it. Clearly, this sucks for the employer. However, it is worth keeping in mind that it may also reflect pretty badly on you. The world we live in gets smaller by the day, and the retail financial services sector often feels like a very tiny village where everyone knows everyone.

There are many reasons why people change their mind once they have accepted a new job. More often than not, it’s a counter offer from their current employer – or an alternative offer from another business. Sometimes it’s simply down to issues such as the location not being ideal.

This is a classic example of where a good recruitment consultant can make a huge difference – and be a huge support when you’re figuring out your options. A professional, experienced consultant can help with negotiations, assist you in understanding what is really motivating you, provide support when you’re leaving your previous employer and much, much more.

If you’ve been offered a new role and need time to make a decision; tell your consultant. Don’t be afraid of being open and honest. Clearly, the hiring employer would like a quick decision but in our experience they’re happy to wait a while if it means the difference between an uncertain response and a ‘yes’ from a fully engaged, enthusiastic and committed new starter.

Finally, the two key points to remember:

  • Be clear about why you are changing roles in the first place – and absolutely clear on what you want (and don’t want).
  • Choose the right recruitment consultant for you – do your research, find someone who is going to act in your best interests and can provide the guidance and support you need.


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