Candidate’s Rule OK?

Guest Writer: Vivien Mensah @ Cornerstone42

Looking for a new role can still be stressful and time consuming. But the tables are turning, the power is shifting in the favour of the candidates, or it should be. 

The admin profession should think wisely and use their new found power carefully. I would advise that you think about these questions before you even start to job hunt. 

  1. What do I want from my next role?
  2. What industry/industries interest me? 
  3. What are my strengths? 
  4. What is important to me regarding my remuneration? (flexibility, holiday days, parental leave, development etc). 

The benefits part is very important – did you know, Glassdoor data reveals that 4 out of 5 employees prefer new benefits over a pay raise, and 3 in 5 people say that benefits and perks are among their top considerations before accepting a job? 

Career Coaching and Development

There are many reasons why admins move on from the roles for new opportunities, this ranges from being demotivated due to being under utilised, devalued, lack of advancement, training and development. Candidates want to work for companies who value their contribution and invests in training and development. 

Actually, there are many companies who do invest in their people. They want to attract and retain the best people. It is a matter of researching who they are and finding out what opportunities they have. 

How do you test whether the potential company actually invests in their employees? Simply, ask. Start with friends, family and contacts. This is where networking and your network really is invaluable. Ask in a discreet manner, that doesn’t give too much away. If you can confide in someone who works at the company to get an honest answer, even better. Utilise your network to find out if they know anyone who has had/or has a relationship with the company, that is a great insight. Then of course we have the big World Wide Web whereby you can research and find information on the organisation. Find out how the company is rated by the people who work there, their culture and plans for investing in their employees. 

In order for you to find the right role it is imperative that you spend some time thinking and researching “what you want”. 

IAM members can recieve a free initial mentoring service from the Cornerstone 42 team, as well as a free CV appraisal service. 


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