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Looking for a job? Look for a good Recruiter.

Here is how a good recruitment consultant can help:

1. A good recruiter sets out to understand your career background, skills, experiences and career goals and match you to positions suited to you. 

2. He/She should also be able to advise you on how to structure your resume, conduct yourself during interviews and provide other tips to land that dream job. 

3. Where appropriate, a good recruiter should also be able to judge how far you are from your career goals and point you to the areas that you may be lacking in e.g. skills/knowledge that you need in order to pursue that goal. 

4. Finally, recruitment consultancy usually represents the top companies in town.  Impressing your recruiter would mean that you are more likely to get presented to their clients.

Why should you consider a contract job?

Contract hires are very common in the market these days.  There are various reasons why companies are offering more contract positions.
–              Headcount freeze
–              Hiring on demand (such as for an IT project)
–              Replacement of staff who are on sabbatical or maternity
–              Contract to permanent hires (to access suitability of candidates)

Before you say “No” to being a contractor, here are some points to ponder.
1.  Big scale IT projects may require more IT Contractors and thus, the job could be more challenging and interesting.  You may learn more from such projects and the experiences you draw may come in handy for your career.
2.  Due to the economic situation and uncertainties, contract hiring is preferred by most companies including MNCs and Banks.  This gives you a chance to explore an opportunity with such companies – albeit on a contractual basis.
3.  There is always a possibility for a contractor to be converted to a permanent staff when an internal headcount becomes available. 

4.  For a fresher or junior executive, accepting a contract job will allow you to gain job experiences, while accessing and deciding if the job is suitable for you.
5.  Leaving a job when the contract expires is usually a valid and acceptable reason for your next employer. For candidates who prefer new challenges every now and then, contract roles may be more suitable for you.

So, don’t discount a contract job immediately.  Ask a few questions about the company and the project, gather more information from your recruiter before deciding!

3 Job Offers – Which One to Choose?

3 Job Offers – Which One to Choose?

With the demand for skilled professionals on the rise, many are put in a situation where job offers are pouring in at the same time.  This is a happy dilemma, but the task of choosing your next career move becomes tricky.  These steps may help:

1. Ask yourself why did you set out to look for a new job? 

There must be a reason when you agree to go for that job interview.  Did you need a change of environment or relocation?  You were looking for a career progression?  You believe that there is a better job out there in the market?  What was the reason?

2. Analyse the stage of career that you are at now.

Take into consideration your age, your career expectations, your interests and family commitments into account.  Try to understand, evaluate and prioritise what is important to you.

3. Realistically, create an idea of your ideal job.

You may prefer a job with flexible time, or in a less/more challenging environment, or a globetrotting job that can possibly give you invaluable experiences.

4. What can you compromise on?

Is money more important to you or the ability to work with the best brains in the industry – even at a lower salary?

5. Now, take a look at the offers you have.  Weigh them according to which one is closer to your ideal.

6. Once decided, you may negotiate with the company (that you wish to join) for a better package.

If you have not gathered enough information during your interview sessions to make a good decision, try asking for another telephonic session with the hiring manager or the HR for further discussions into the role or the package.   

Once you have accepted an offer, it is a good gesture to politely thank the other companies who have offered you a chance to work with them.  Whatever you do, do not burn the bridge.  

Note:  It is generally not acceptable to:-

  1. Show your offer letter to another company in hope of securing an even better offer.
  2. Ask every company for the best offer and the highest bidder secures you – there can be no end to this and offers do not wait around for you. 
  3. Demand a ridiculous amount from your company if they want to counter offer you.

Once a company suspects that a candidate is doing any of the above, the offer is usually withdrawn and the candidate may be blacklisted.