The latest jobs data shows that demand for jobs across the UK is stronger right now than it has been in years.
Employers in big urban centres, including Manchester, Birmingham, and London are recruiting more staff than any point since before the financial crash in 2008, according to a recent report.
The administrative workforce is no exception. Demand for experienced, EAs, PAs, and office assistants is booming. The result? Many of the best candidates are juggling multiple offers.
It’s a nice situation to be in, but it can be stressful. Making the right decision can have a big impact on the rest of your career. So, how do you make the right choice?
Be clear about your motivators
From the outset, be clear on what your main drivers are. It is all too easy to be swayed by the promise of a large salary, company car or impressive offices. Focus on what initiated your search in the first place and try not be persuaded by factors that don’t genuinely motivate you.
Look for an employer that will support your professional development
Having a company behind you that champions your growth is always important in my book! Some companies may sponsor a professional qualification such as a CIPD or Prince2 or simply encourage the evolution of your role to keep you challenged.
Seek a workplace culture you connect with
Culture is becoming more and more important to job seekers. What was your first impression of the company and people you met with at interview? I’m a firm believer in following your gut instinct. Aim to meet as many people as possible during your interview process and use websites such as Glassdoor — where past and present employees can write anonymous reviews — a feel for the company from an internal perspective.
Go for the salary package that works best for you
Always make sure you receive a full breakdown of your package and timeframes for when these benefits kick in. Keep in mind that you won’t necessarily benefit from everything from day one. Also, make sure to confirm whether any bonus is paid on company and/or personal performance.
Ask yourself if the opportunities for progression are right
If progression is something that is important to you, make sure you have a clear understanding what the company’s expectations are and where they see the role in 1,2,3 years. It’s useful to get a sense of what sort of what positions previous incumbents have moved into.
Where your recruiter can help
Helping candidates to make the most of multiple offers and obtain the best possible position for their own circumstances is our speciality. Your recruiter should not try to pressure you into considering a role that you are not interested in. Instead — as we do at Executive Partnerships — they should work with you to discuss the most important factors to you and to help you to find the job that most closely fulfils your ambitions.