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The lost Candidate!

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Why is it so hard to change direction? I find myself answering this question to confused and disillusioned candidates regularly. They apply for role after role and get nowhere fast; by the time they speak to me they are completely exhausted and feel the world is acting against them.

Most of my conversations go along the lines of….. “I’ve applied for a role eg: Office Manager and I’ve heard nothing back, this is the fifth time this has happened to me”!!?? “I mean… I’ve set up my own software company, I’ve managed a team of 20 sales professionals, I’ve won tenders of over €2 million, I’m so successful why I can’t get a job as an… Office  Manager”? “Like what’s the problem”?

Hummm…. Where do I start? Do I explain that you’re just not suitable? Or do I say I’m not sure why you’re not being called for interview? As of late I decided to try and explain the situation as best as I can.

Being the CEO of a Software Co. is all well and good and winning tenders worth millions is just fabulous… but do you know how to unblock the ladies loo in under 2 minutes while there is a queue forming at 9am on a Monday morning? Or do you know off the top of your head which stationary supplier offers the best value on blue ball point pens? Or do you know how to set up the videoconferencing equipment when the MD is late for a conference call and the HDMI cable is missing?

The moral of the story is just because you were successful in your last gig does not automatically mean your qualified for roles that might pay less then what you’re used to earning. Clients like to hire people with relevant experience, for the most part.

My advice… stick to what you do best for an easier, quicker, less stressful candidate experience while hunting for your next job people!!!

 

  

Deirdre Doran
Careers at Principle