About David Kennedy
My approach in life is simple. Be straightforward, direct and honest with everyone I come into contact with. I will stretch myself to go and above for everyone, most of the time after hours also, that’s how I have always worked. What I do ask from you in return whether you be a client or candidate and this is really important for us to be able to work together. Be transparent If your situation changes/changed don’t disappear, a simple message will suffice (you never know who your next employer will be) don’t burn your bridges or if you’re a client don’t lose people just because you forgot to tell me your role was filled.
I am providing a service to thousands of people across Europe, so please do forgive me if I forget to send you something, a simple reminder is nice, don’t wait for me to make the first move every time I ask for communication, clear and concise from clients, if I don’t get this, I can’t service your business, I can’t positively represent and sell your brand resulting in a bad experience for both candidates & myself which doesn’t reflect well on your business.
Lastly, my business is 100% free to candidates and to clients, I am your remote/virtual Recruitment Manager which you don’t have the opportunity to find locally, I only charge upon successful placements so please do remember that the amount of work put into the sourcing, advertising, the hours racked up on the phone searching for people for your business is not something I charge for, so please be respectful when paying. DKR is all about living life without regret, get in touch if you’d like to know more!
Let’s be honest, changing jobs/careers isn’t something you do on a whim, relocating for a job/new career is even more stressful, so here are a few pointers to help establish if it’s the right timing or right thing for you to do.
Think about how you're portraying yourself, check your CV is up to date, it has the correct dates on it, spelling & grammar checks, ensure your approach to companies and recruiters is specific to the job you are interested in.
Be professional at all times, if your looking for a business to take a punt on you, please do remain polite, courteous and if you do happen to find something else before the process is done with a current application, have the decency in going back to that business/recruiter to update them. My old saying is you never know who your next boss/employer will be, don’t burn bridges!
Pick a maximum of 3 jobs to apply for, any more than that at one time means you are not focused or your job search simply needs rethinking. Don’t max yourself out with interviews/tests/calls/assessments otherwise, you will just burn yourself out and become extremely overwhelmed.
Ensure you’ve given this some serious thought, consult your family, friends and ensure it's something you really want as opposed to having buyers remorse the day after applying.
Ensure you have the finances to sustain your new life/adventure, having less than £1000-2000 disposable for the move will make your life incredibly difficult and I would probably advise against it if you’d have this sort of backup.
Ensure you are in the right place in your life, this is a big thing so if you are moving home, saying goodbye to everyone etc, then ensure it's for at least 1 year otherwise it’s just not worth it (unless it’s a contract role of course).
If you do happen to get a knock-back or rejection try your best to stay positive, get feedback and move on, interviews are testing for all of us, it’s a learning curve. If you get a KO then it wasn’t meant to be.
If you get an offer but your not quite ready to accept, ask for a deadline as you’d like to see what else pans out, don’t just accept the first offer that comes your way, often that shows you are desperate and again haven’t planned accordingly. Obviously, if it's your dream role, that’s another story, however, how often does that happen that the very first role you apply for gets you a yes!
Try your best to communicate right up to the starting date with both the company/recruiter, if something changes or you're in need of assistance don’t be afraid to reach out. I have seen so many people in the past disappear due to something “personal” happening, 80% of the time it’s a simple conversation and you’d be surprised how flexible companies and recruiters can be once they have an idea of what’s happening.
Enjoy! Good luck and again it’s a learning curve for all of us!