Getting a new job takes on board several hidden areas that can either speed up or prolong that route to a new role.
According to a recent survey from recruitment agency Randstad, from 6,000 people interviewed, 69% were confident about moving to a new job in the next few months.
If people are confident they can move easily to a new role, is the process as quick as they think it can be? The team shares their perspective.
According to Lucy Eaton, National Industrial Division Manager that movement can be swift. Lucy says, “Where we are today if someone calls my team on a Friday morning, there is a job for them that day. The demand is there, particularly with the picking and packing roles in the build-up to Christmas, we have hundreds of people in jobs for December. So, if someone believes they can make a transition to a temp role and get a new role within a day, the capacity is there.”
On the permanent role side, the landscape brings in a lot more parameters, Rob Bruce, Senior Recruitment Consultant explains, “In a candidate-driven market, there has to be an emphasis on coaching clients. By this I mean efficiency from receiving CVs and the stages afterward to encourage flow. Clients do not want to lose the potential candidates who have a great fit. When there become three or four decision stages this can slow down the process, and when response times become delayed it can jeopardise the whole cycle.”
Lindae Fyffe, Recruitment Consultant highlights his own experience. “I have seen a client lose a great candidate based on prolonging decisions. With the cards in the candidates' favour, there has to be a pace to the recruitment selection process.”
When all works, how long does it take? Lindae explains, “As a ballpark and from my perspective it could take four to six weeks. For a senior hire and factoring in notice periods, this could over three months.”
Jaime Rana, Senior Recruitment Consultant, sees the length of time to get a new job as misleading. Jaime highlights, “I could take a brief from a great client for a new role, but it can be so unpredictable. I would say don’t think you can leave a role and your dream job is a matter of weeks away. A lot depends on how a client views the investment in the candidate. I have seen senior roles offered in a matter of weeks and junior roles taking many weeks. It centres around feedback, relationships and availability.”
Finding a new role involves a structured series of steps. Even if we all operate within a candidate-driven market, it is important to manage expectations and be realistic about how much time employers need to assess applicants’ suitability.