Saturday, August 9, 2008

Do you come to a point in time when you are looking for a new job or a career change?

I have one advice; PLEASE do not rush into it!

When you are looking for a job particularly when you see a headhunter, you have to be very honest. Headhunters are able to decipher your reasons for looking for a job. They can sense inconsistencies in your answers hence be honest with your headhunter. You can also approach a few headhunters as most headhunters are industry segmented and specialized in different roles therefore your chances of getting a job is higher when you see a few headhunters. I have heard that some headhunters are not patient to listen to your headspace, so try not to jump to conclusions when you meet headhunters as such, there are passionate headhunters out there, like yours truly :).

Often Executive Searches involve looking for the correct FIT for a company but lot of times; people seek headhunters for advice and opportunities. But be honest and open. We practice and treat private and confidential issues with high integrity, so you can be honest with headhunters, especially if you come from the sales background. Do not expect an immediate response in like a day or two, because in this game it is about timing, luck, demand for professional/skillset, job availability and job matching. If you would like a swift job move then you can approach Recruitment Agencies which have a lot of positions available at anytime, but might not understand your requirements.

Well, why are you looking for a job? Would you like a step up from your current role or a wanting to move to a more challenging role? Are you are unhappy with your current environment? Is the money is not good or you cannot get along with you boss anymore?

Yes there are a lot of reasons out there as a catalyst for your job move, but you have to be sincere with yourself. You have to think about your progress in your current company, where do you see yourself in a few years and whether you need to re-skill yourself or whether your current company has a good future for you. You also should try and decide what sort of roles that you would like to get into and how your strengths and skills would be a contributing asset to the company for a new job. It starts with you.

Best way of exploring jobs is talking to people, looking at advertisements and company portfolio’s, networking and seeing headhunters. When you are out looking for a job, do not rush into any opportunity that just knocks on your door. Think about it and discuss it with other people. You do not want to regret your move 3-4 months down the road. So if I were to give you a good advice is, always talk to people but be open minded, (WE KNOW THE INDUSTRY IN MALAYSIA IS SMALL AND PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS HAVE COMMENTS), perform your own research and explore various roles which you would be able to maximize your potential and most importantly be ready and do not be afraid to explore.

At the end of the day, a job move, starts with you.


rs said...

any chance of dropping a cv for opportunities?

Jonathan said...

Hi Rs,

Do email me at


Anonymous said...

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