CAREER EXPERT feat Chris Mead | Issue 53 of HEADHUNT

Dear Chris,

I’ve been in my current job as a Financial Planner for more than three years. I’m now looking for a new role with more development and career  progression opportunities as this doesn’t appear to be a priority for my employer. Is now a good time to change jobs and what advice can you  give me on finding a new job?

Many thanks,

Dear Max,

The hiring intentions of employers for executive jobs are certainly positive and there are many more opportunities available, particularly for high calibre candidates  with solid experience.

If you haven’t already done so, you should first speak with your current employer about your career goals. Think of your career plan along the  lines of a business plan. The key issues to cover are:

• What are my long-term career objectives?
• What will I want to get out of my job in the next five years or so?
• Do I need to study? If so, what for?
• What are my individual priorities?

You may find your employer is more than willing to offer you development opportunities and plan for your career progression once you’ve  broached the subject. But if they’re not then at least you’ve had an open dialogue which will make it easier to explain your reasons for leaving  when the time comes.

You have a number of resources available to you when looking for a new job. Consider your own network of contacts. Many opportunities  become available through referrals and "word of mouth" -so, if you are able, spread the word amongst close friends as to what sort of role you  are looking for. Not everyone is good at keeping things confidential, so take care with regard to who you tell. This goes for accountant jobs as well as for positions that are fit for your expertise. 

You should always keep your eye on relevant job boards and in newspapers for current vacancies. This is a good way to see what is  happening in the industry.

But looking for a new job can be a full time job in itself so registering with a recruitment agency will  save you time. A recruiting expert is involved  in helping people find jobs every day of the week and will keep you informed about jobs that are relevant to you.

We have just released our quarterly report for April to June and there is high demand for Financial Planners and Analysts. Depending on your  education and experience you may find yourself with multiple offers. If that’s the case, just remember your criteria and the reasons you were  looking for a new role in the first place.

Good luck with your search and please do contact us if you need further advice. You can also view the latest quarterly report at 

Chris Mead
General Manager
HAYS Singapore

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