Looking for a job isn’t an easy process, and more so when you don’t know what type of role you’re looking to pursue. Usually, some of this uncertainty stems from inadequate understanding of the positions out there in the big world of employment.
Firstly, you should consider your options in employment status & we break these down below:
Perhaps you’re going travelling, starting University or relocating. Whatever the reason, If you’re available for a short period, then temporary work can be the perfect way to fill the gap. With lots of short term assignments available temping is an excellent way to network, keep your CV and skills up to date, and try our new environments.
With weekly pay, employed status, holiday pay, and pension contributions, temping jobs are very popular for those who are available immediately.
Temporary to permanent:
As well as all of the above temporary to permanent opportunities give you the chance to ‘try before you buy.’ You may be uncertain about the type of role, or have never worked in or considered a specific industry and be unsure whether it’s the right fit for you.
Before you commit to that permanently, you may have the option to try it out as temporary employment before you can confidently commit to saying it’s the right long term career for you.
If you’re already in a permanent role no doubt, you will only leave for another permanent position for stability. As well as security, permanent roles often give you a more ‘involved’ job that’s well-matched to your skills and experience.
You will also go through an interview process for a permanent position giving you more insight into the business culturally, what opportunities for progression are available and what benefits are on offer. Take a look at the benefits package alongside your salary for a rounded view on the opportunity as a whole.
You may be available immediately, or in a permanent role and happy to consider an employed fixed term opportunity. These tend to be longer than temporary assignments and are often to cover a period of time i:e maternity/paternity/adoption leave.
You’re employed by the business for a fixed period of time and entitled to the benefits that their permanent staff get for that period.
Contracting is when you are self-employed and contract your services out to an employer for a period of time. It gives you the flexibility to integrate work into your lifestyle. You get to experience different company cultures and network too.
You’ll work on a day rate and invoice the client weekly for your services, or if you go through a recruitment agency, you’ll invoice the recruiter who will pay you and in turn invoice the client. Contracting for specific roles often attracts higher pay rates and is common in specialist areas such as IT & marketing.
Once you’ve decided on the right employment status for you, the next step is to look at what roles will match your skillset and expectations. Think about what excites you and keep in mind what you’re good at doing! There are lots of positions available within each of our specialist areas, and it’s impossible to list them all in this short guide, but our talented team of recruiters are always on hand for a bespoke consultation.
In the meantime, consider the points below to give you an idea of whether a career in office support, sales, creative/digital, IT, or warehouse/driving is the right path for you:
Office support roles vary, but the general rule of thumb is that the role is office-based and a support position to external or internal customers.
Typical roles will include administration, reception, customer service, PA, Manager, Finance administration, Project administration, Buying, Health & safety, purchasing, HR & many more.
If sales aren’t for you and you prefer a role where your performance isn’t measured and targeted against a revenue contribution figure, then maybe a career in office support is for you. Office support roles often underpin a function such as sales or buying for example, and there’s usually lots of progression into senior, team leader, manager and operational roles where you can mentor and develop a team of like-minded individuals.
Typical roles will include telesales, internal sales, field sales, area sales, national sales, international sales up to sales manager/director level.
If the thrill of the chase motivates you, you’re target driven and motivated by money and achievement, then a career in sales could be the perfect choice for you. You’ll need to be self-motivated, determined, tenacious, and driven. Often linked to a basic salary is a commission scheme based on your performance against targets and so there’s additional earning potential, sometimes uncapped. Progression opportunities are available into a team leader, manager, and operational roles where you can mentor and develop a team of like-minded individuals.
In sales roles when you reach a senior level you may ‘step away from the coal face,’ and your target will be your team’s target, or in some cases, you will contribute as well as your team to a more significant number.
Typical roles will include designers, marketers, social media, PR/Communications, Content/Copywriting, SEO, PPC, UX/UI, developers, and Field Engineers.
If you’re a creative/techy with a passion for design, writing, marketing or IT, then a career in this sector would be an excellent choice for you. As well as being creative you will be methodical with an eye for detail; the briefs will obsess you and delivering on time and to budget to meet and exceed client’s expectations and no doubt continually learning/developing yourself in your spare time about the latest technologies/platforms.
Opportunities in this sector are available in industry or agency working on multiple client campaigns and progression opportunities are available into senior roles.
Typical roles will include pickers/packers, machine operatives, goods in/out, shipping/logistics, FLT/counterbalance/reach truck driving and other driving roles.
If you’re more of a manual person and lifting, stretching and reaching are no problem for you, then a blue-collar career may be the right one for you. Progression opportunities are available into supervisor/team leader/manager/operational roles.
Often in warehouse/driving roles, you will be required to work shifts and specific licenses may be required depending on the vehicle you are driving.
Your employment status and career type will give you a good idea of where to start. Next, you’ll need an employer that suits you culturally and access to the very best jobs in your sector. That’s where we come in!
Looking for a new job can be a tricky process, especially if you’re already working. Let us lighten the load and fill your inbox with jobs that are relevant to you. Drop us a copy of your CV over to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0114 321 1873.