10 Apr Are you a Career masochist?
Are you a Career masochist? Tips and why you should always be proactive even when you are passive!
From Sustainability Directors, to Energy Managers and Town Planners, the team at Lewis Davey listens and then talks to a great deal of talent daily. We do this across our core areas of industry focus which includes Sustainability, Cleantech, Town Planning and Smart Cities.
We’ve done this for a long time. Simultaneously we have also been speaking with businesses and hiring managers, building up an understanding of their ongoing and future resource needs. This helps us to build up a talent pool of potential candidates that might be suited to future needs. In a competitive market, smart businesses need to get ahead of the game and plan their talent acquisition strategy accordingly.
Ultimately it doesn’t really matter how much networking and planning we do. There’s always a job opportunity that arises that requires a specific set of skills or in a location in the back end of nowhere which means we just don’t have access to talent that is known to us. This requires a shift from a pre-emptive talent pool building methodology to a reactive and sometimes frankly manic search to find the right person for the job. In most scenarios, there’s a blend of the above, as we are always looking to ensure our clients have access to as much of the market as possible.
Lewis Davey use a variety of tools to identify talent in the market. This includes attending conferences, to advertising, social media, recommendations from within our network and headhunting. We like to think that we are exceptionally good at what we do – finding and attracting the right individual for a specific business need. However, it’s not always easy and when you are looking for a needle in a haystack, this process can take some time and there is always the risk that an individual is overlooked.
Candidates can go some way to alleviate to risk of being overlooked by building up a strong digital footprint. Social media such as LinkedIn has had a massive impact on how recruiters work – making it easier and sometimes quicker to identify and source talent. By ensuring that you have an up to date social media profile, you can increase your chances of being found.
You might also want to get specific! For instance, if I put some common search terms into one of my social media accounts, here the response I get:
“Energy Manager” – 19, 680 Results
“Sustainability director” – 1216 results
“Renewables consultant” – 87 results
“Renewable energy consultant” – 1931 results
“ Breeam Assessor”- 1841 results
You can obviously tweak your searches to specific locations but even if I decided to focus on energy managers in London the results still stand at 640.
Now let’s get specific, if I was to look for Energy Managers in London with Energy Performance Contracting, I’d get 30 results. That’s a much more manageable figure.
The point here is that candidates should be aware how recruiters work from a search perspective and how we look to narrow results down. Having a complete and specific profile that reflects your skills will help you get discovered. This is one way you can be more proactive in a passive job search…
Another way is though developing relationships with recruiters. By ensuring you stay in touch and by communicating your long terms career aspirations, recruiters will then be able to keep you up to date with relevant opportunities. If you wanted one call from a recruiter regarding a specific opportunity, what would it be? Would your recruitment contact know to contact you about that? If not, you should fix that immediately.
Much like finding the right job, finding the right talent is never a straightforward process. The most ambitious and career progressive talent never turns down opportunities at face value – who in their right mind wouldn’t want improvement. You would have to be some kind of career masochist to not be open to progression, however comfortable you are.
So please if you work in any of our core areas of business and having been in touch recently to outline your long terms career aspirations, please do. You might just make our life a little bit easier and yours a bit more rewarding.