Recruited at work | The press

Today we publish the first column by careers adviser Amélie Lesage-Avon. The world of work and life around it have changed. Almost no one devotes their entire career to the same company anymore. Mme Lesage-Avon offers bi-weekly practical advice and tools to shape and develop your career plan. good reading

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Amelie Lesage Avon

Amelie Lesage Avon
Vocational counselor, special cooperation

You are a valued employee and relatively satisfied with your current job. If so, you will find a job offer with new functions when browsing your mailbox. Your professional profile and skills seem to be in demand. The skilful recruiter arouses curiosity: what if there were something better for you somewhere else?

The labor shortage is the focus of the news; The topic is omnipresent in the media. The difficulty for employers to recruit and retain qualified employees reverses the balance of power in the market. It is enough to pay attention to the abundance of offers and offered conditions to understand that the rules of the game are changing. You realize that you are spoiled for choice, that you are at the top of the bar because the bargaining power is on your side.

Curiosity can of course be won and ultimately you lose nothing by inquiring about this possibility.

However, if you decide to contact the recruiter, beware. The offer will likely be enticing and polished, but the perfect, ideal job is extremely rare and you’re unlikely to face the downsides of the job and company being offered.

Since you are currently not actively looking for a job, your career choice criteria may be unclear. In order to explore what is on offer, it is important to understand your needs and priorities to ensure you commit to a role that truly suits you.

The recruiter might impress you with attractive working conditions, a welcoming work environment, or the reputation of the company. It is in your interest to analyze the proposal.

Any questions

Making a decision is not an easy task. Ask yourself questions about various aspects of your professional situation to identify your professional needs. You may be initially interested in the terms of employment offered. However, your functions in the company must also be considered.

Find out, for example, about the role and tasks that you would take on, possible professional challenges, so that you can develop your distinct strengths. Even a great job with a bad working atmosphere or in a corporate culture that doesn’t suit you may not be worth the new job.

During your exchange, we advise you not to commit too quickly. Gathering information is essential.

After your interview, take a step back and ask yourself how you feel. You should be able to take the time to weigh the pros and cons. If you’re in a hurry, ask for time to step back and determine the elements to consider to make an informed decision.

Ensuring that the offer corresponds to a positive and interesting course is a challenge. Take the time to research the position being offered by gathering information from a variety of sources. Before making a decision, try to have a discussion with the person who previously held that position, as well as with the work team. If you can, pay attention to the morale and energy your future colleagues emit: do they seem happy, fulfilled?

No employer will encourage a toxic work environment. Before you make your decision, do some research on your site. For example, find out about the existing corporate culture in your network in order to orient yourself. Check with search engines if a job posting has been published multiple times in the past three years. This could be a sign of a high turnover rate.

There is also a lot of information available to help you get to know your employer better.

Browse the company’s website and social networks, read reviews and responses to available reviews. Also consult sites like Glassdoor, Indeed or Fishbowl, where former employees anonymously comment on their working environment. You could also check out professional social networks to learn about the background of existing colleagues and bosses.

Finally, if your situation allows, you should not neglect the opportunity to speak to your current employer before making a decision. An open exchange proves to be very profitable in many cases; we could make you an interesting counter offer. The economic context is to your advantage. Regardless of your choice, it can be strategic and beneficial to keep your employer informed of your worth.

In any case, we recommend that you take your time and take a moment to analyze your options. Change, even positive ones, can bring their share of emotions. A good decision remains very personal.

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