AAT asked me how to be an employee recruiters want to poach. So, what do you think? See below for my thoughts on the matter, and the piece that will soon be published by the AAT.
Feeling wanted is fantastic, I am yet to meet someone that would say otherwise. But, how do you go about being an employee that everyone wants, particularly when you only have a piece of paper or an online profile to represent you?
But, how do you go about being an employee that everyone wants, particularly when you only have a piece of paper or an online profile to represent you?I could certainly talk for ages about this topic, but in my opinion there are 2 key ways to promote yourself...
Showing commitment will always work in your favour. At Morgan McKinley, I recruit on the Temporary and Finance Accounting desk, and despite the nature of the temporary world, commitment is still obvious on an individual's CV. Ensuring you do not move around too much is key. I often speak to candidates that will continue to look for a new contract even when they have just secured one, but having numerous job titles and companies within a short space of time suggests you can't commit to a company. If you are good, no company is going to let you go anywhere, even when contracting. Having long periods of time at any one place is testament to you, and so if your current employer retains you for a considerable time, it means you are good and someone else will want you even more!
And my second recommendation, albeit an obvious one, would be to act professionally and to work to the best of your capabilities at ALL times. It never fails to surprise me how small the world is, which makes the city you work in even smaller.
It never fails to surprise me how small the world is, which makes the city you work in even smaller.We will all work alongside colleagues that come and go, and so ensuring they only have positive things to say about you when they move on to a competitor is key. I have actually had managers phone me up before and give me a name of someone they want me to put forward for a role, because they worked closely with them previously and want to do so again.
I could easily list many more points, but, why not consider these two for now, you will fast become more in demand I am sure!