I spend a lot of time talking to Surveyors about what is important for them in a job offer, the answers can be quite surprising. Money is a necessity but more money is rarely top of the list and rather than healthcare or pension options, it is often the smaller things that make their workplace a happy one.
Your next career step is always the biggest so far, yet many leave it to fate or luck without looking at all the options. You might apply to a job you’ve seen advertised or hand your CV to a recruiter but if you don’t take a strategic approach to finding your next job you risk ending up in the wrong role, sending you career in the wrong direction.
Don’t shoot the messenger but this Thursday see the start of December! I know… Where has the year gone? The office Christmas party was booked back in September and company planning for the New Year is well and truly underway, that includes recruitment. Brexit is still an unknown but the panic is over and employers are seeing growth and realising that it’s time to crack on.
With a number of clients tasking me with finding Quantity Surveyors with experience in BIM, I have been pondering how it can work for Quantity Surveyors. Causeway Technologies is one software company that keeps coming up, so I approached Tim Cook, Causeway’s Global Sales Manager, who was more than happy to be our first guest blogger!
I am often contacted by trainee and graduate Building Surveyors and Quantity Surveyors who are looking for their first job. Some are looking for part time roles whilst studying, whilst others have graduated and are looking for their first full time job. Many find this first step the hardest and with every employer looking for some level of experience they often turn to us for help. Unfortunately we are not often able to help as our clients generally have highly specific requirements for candidates with specific areas of experience. Even though I can’t help directly, I always like to support with advice.
So, here it is. It’s not rocket science but I am told that it has helped in the past so it could help you.
New Job – It’s all about the money!!! …or is it?
For many people a new job means a rise in salary and status but in the formative years of your career, a focus on salary can be a big turnoff for employers and the kiss of death in an interview.
During the past 12 months I have seen a definite shift in hiring patterns in the Surveying market. Due to the specialist focus of my work I am often asked by employers and job seekers for a market overview, so here are my findings and how they may affect you.
Jobs… We all need them, we spend most of our waking life in them, so why not love them! It’s about time you found the perfect job but don’t be hasty, there’s a lot to consider.
Holding on to and attracting good quality staff in a busy market is key to keeping up with the growing demands of a growing company. As you grow, so do your staff requirements and those new staff members have to come from somewhere…
On a daily basis I speak to Surveyors across London and the South East who are looking for their next job. There are a multitude of reasons as to why they are looking to move, the most common being that there is no room for progression or they were mis-sold the role. However, more and more commonly people are moving jobs because of the amount of time they spend commuting to work. Whether they are driving or using public transport, some are spending upwards of 2 hours each way on their journey to work and they are realising that this is ruining their quality of life.