Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Weigh Up the Options on That New Job Offer

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Weigh Up the Options on That New Job Offer

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Byline: By Gill McPartlan

In the second of a six-part series, Gill McPartlan of the Wise Group offers advice on how to react if you are headhunted. Part Two: Changing jobs. What to do when a headhunter calls.

Flattery often gets people and companies a long way, but when you are the person being flattered by a new and exciting-sounding job offer, how do you make sure it will be the right move for you and that you maximise the opportunities that arise? Gill gives the following advice for those who have been approached by a new firm, and are unsure of how to react to the potential new offer.

"Being specifically asked to consider a new position, instead of going through the usual application process, has been known to confuse people or turn their heads without considering the options.

"Headhunting is quite a common practice and does occur at all levels of business, especially when people are well known for what they do in their particular communities. Participation in community groups or sports teams can not only create an opportunity to network, but also a chance to leave a lasting impression.

"When you are approached with a new job offer, you may find that your head starts whirling with emotions. It's easy to get carried away with the importance of the moment ( someone has specifically requested for you to work with him or her and the feeling of success this creates can be hard to ignore.

"You should be immensely proud of your achievements if this does occur, but you should also take time out to consider the implications of the offer and whether or not this is the right course of action for you.

Here are some tips on how to make the most of a new job offer:

CONSIDER YOUR EXISTING ROLE: Does the job that you are in at the moment challenge you or leave you bored? Just because you have been offered a new job does not mean that your current one isn't suitable for you; if anything, it shows that you are extremely good at it! …

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