However, it has struck me a number of times recently whilst interviewing candidates that they have simply got the timing wrong.
Interviewing too early is common at the moment. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Have you really reached your potential in your current role?
- Have you examined opportunities within your current organisation?
- Have you achieved what you set out to achieve when you joined?
- Are your motives to move temporary – e.g. quiet time in your sector, overworked whilst colleagues are recruited etc
Make sure your CV remains strong by not moving jobs every 12 months. Conversely, don’t leave it too long. I interviewed a delightful candidate some time ago – lovely, bright and great experience – but who HATED her current role. Our conversation often came back to the negatives of her current job. A real shame she hadn’t contacted me six months earlier.
Worth remembering - talking badly about your current or most recent job is like going on a first date and launching in to a monologue about your charmless ex...
A common mistake, when things are not going so well, is to write a new CV and apply for lots of jobs. We would recommend at least attempting to address the issues in your current job before looking for a new one – you will be far more confident, be proud of your achievements and your enthusiasm will shine through.
Is the time right for you? If so, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Lakin, Marketing Division