Advice to candidates

Great people and opportunities make the research, analysis and insight industries exciting and dynamic places to be. We’re here to help you in the long term, so get in touch if you need advice. Meanwhile, here are our top tips for candidates.

Planning your next move

Before starting your job search, ask yourself:

  • What do I want to achieve with this move in the short, medium and long term?
  • Does my CV show who I am and my key experiences and achievements?
  • Which recruitment consultancy will partner me on my job search?

Selecting your recruitment consultancy

With the right recruitment consultancy as your partner, looking for a job in market research or analysis needn’t be daunting. When deciding who to represent you, make sure you:

  • Take recommendations, and check out the online profiles of consultancies you’re considering.
  • Meet consultancies to make sure they are honest, understand your market, speak your language, and can be trusted to represent you well. Reputable consultancies like ourselves don’t charge candidates for service or advice, and will obtain your express permission before passing your details on to another party.
  • Stay in control – it’s your career after all.

Making your CV work harder

You only get one chance to make a first impression with a prospective employer. So be sure your CV sells you as an individual, effectively highlights your skills and strengths in your chosen sector, and clearly details your career to date.

If you’re interested in a free CV consultation, need your CV in a new format, or just require basic guidelines, our CV clinic is here to help. Simply email us for more details.

In the meantime, we recommend you check your CV is:

  • Visually engaging – try and keep it to two pages, maximum
  • Concise, clearly laid out and consistently formatted
  • Tailored to the role you’re applying for
  • Free of typing errors
  • Up to date

Succeeding in your job search

To succeed in today’s competitive job market, it’s essential that you’re:

  • Organised – follow up and keep a record of all your job-search activity
  • Honest – the more information you give your recruitment partner, the easier they can find you a great role
  • Prepared – when you have a meeting or interview, do your research
  • Flexible – your ideal job may require some compromise, a longer journey for example

Coming to the UK to work

Changes to the immigration system mean if you’re coming to the UK to work, but don’t hold a UK or EU passport, you’ll need to hold enough qualifying ‘points’ – gained through your qualifications, earnings etc – to gain entry. The new points-based system has five tiers:

    • Tier 1: Highly skilled individuals to contribute to growth and productivity
    • Tier 2: Medium and high skilled workers (most of our candidates are in this category)
    • Tier 3: Low-skilled migrants
    • Tier 4: Students
    • Tier 5: Youth mobility and temporary workers

As a candidate, to gain Tier-2 status you’ll need a confirmed job offer from a UK-based employer, registered as an approved sponsor with the Home Office. Please note: we aren’t visa or permit specialists; for full details of the new system, and answers to any questions you may have, we recommend you visit Home Office services and guidance.

Succeeding at interview

Before we brief you for your interview, we recommend you do your own research on the company concerned. Also check with us what you should wear – first impressions count – and think what questions you’ll want to ask during the interview about the company and your career prospects there. On the day, be positive and friendly, and illustrate your skills and experience with examples:

Make sure you communicate your:

  1. Passion and commitment to working in the fields of insight, research and strategy – all prospective employers will be looking for this.
  2. Ability to take results past their ‘face value’, understand the issues different clients face, and deliver actionable insights accordingly.
  3. Your interest in the company – everyone wants to be loved, and to be your first choice.

Finding your first job after graduation

  • Focus your job search on companies that match your long-term career goals. Don’t base your decision to accept a graduate job purely on salary offered or whether it’s near home.
  • Decide the learning process that suits you best. Graduate schemes, offered by large companies, expose you to various parts of the business, so you can choose which interest you most. At smaller companies, you may be thrown in at the deep end, learn lots in a short time, and gain quick expertise in a key area.
  • Stay in demand. Once you’re in your first job, continue your training and development to make yourself more employable in a competitive industry. Get involved with research, insight and strategy-focused networking and social groups, such as R-Net, The Research Club, the Association for Qualitative Research (AQR), the Business Intelligence Group (BIG); and join the Market Research Society (MRS) as a member. Read the industry press and blogs, and find a mentor in your company or through networking events. Soon you’ll be seen as part of the industry, not just a bystander.