THE first few months of the new year is often a time when people start to think about a career change.
During 2012, Aberdeen and the North-east continued to experience low levels of unemployment, presenting employers with the problem of a growing skills shortage.
Leading North-east employment agency, Genesis Personnel, said in such a competitive jobs market it is vital for job seekers to sell their transferable skills to employers to help ensure they stand out from the crowd.
Genesis Personnel managing director, Wendy Marr, said: “Searching for a new job is a difficult process, and it is important for people to think about their existing skill set and how it could be adapted to suit another role.”
She added: “It is vital that candidates take time to complete their CV as it a highly valuable tool in a job search, and is a major factor to help get their foot in the door.”
Genesis Personnel, which has been providing onshore and offshore recruitment solutions to an international client base for more than 35 years, works with both job seekers and employers to ensure the right candidate is matched to the right position.
Before taking the steps to look for a new position, Wendy said it is important to assess the following:
Objectives: Candidates must have clear objectives before embarking on a career change and need to think about the type of organisation they want to work for. They also need to think about what they want to achieve from their new position – and whether they have the skill set to make the move.
CV: As well as detailing personal information about the candidate, it is vital that a CV reflects the job they are applying for, and any previous positions and responsibilities listed should show why they are suitable for that particular role.
Interviews: It is essential for candidates to be prepared and research the company before an interview, so they can deal with any questions that may arise during the interview process and show they are interested in the business. Genesis ensures its candidates are completely prepared for any interview, providing mock interview sessions and assisting with research through one-to-one appointments with a member of their expert team.
Genesis Personnel specialises in a range of sectors including marine, offshore, oil and gas, industrial, commercial, driving, legal, leisure and catering, working with an international client base providing permanent, temporary and contract-based personnel.