Private sector not interested in me

first_imgI have worked in HR in the public sector for a number of years and althoughI worked in the private sector before, and have since developed a wider rangeand depth of HR experience, I am finding that private-sector employers are notinterested in my CV. What can I do differently to help me open up opportunitiesin the private sector? Anna Cook, project co-ordinator, Chiumento It is not uncommon for employers in the private sector to be reluctant to takeon people from the public sector. The key to opening up opportu-nities is toprove you have what they need. Ensure that your CV focuses on experience rather than past employers, sorewrite it as a functional CV not the chronological version. List key achievements and highlight hard results, such as savings on budget,percentage increase in efficiency etc, so prospective employers can see you arefocused on the bottom line and on managing change. Include the skills whichenabled you to make these achievements. Research the business issues which companies are applying to are facing orlikely to face in the future and show that you have delivered in these areas inyour career. Use your contacts to the full. Talk to people in the commercial sector aboutyour experience and ask them for the names of anyone you can be introduced tofor an initial meeting. Make sure your skills and experience are top of mind. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy Unlike the public sector, it is possible to gain interviews for jobs bysending your CV directly to the personnel department. Look at local companiesand target those which are recruiting. Ensure you send a covering letter with your CV that makes the most of yourprivate sector experience. Review your CV to make sure it shows yourachievements and highlights areas that would be of interest to private sectorcompanies, such as budget experience, managing people and meeting deadlines. You should also consider talking to specialist HR recruitment consultanciesas they can provide help in your job search. It is also worth remembering that in the current economic climate there aremore public sector vacancies than private sector so expect it to take timebefore you find the right opportunity. Grant Taylor, recruitment consultant, public sector specialist,Macmillan Davies Hodes Organisations prefer candidates who have an understanding of their businessenvironment, so if you are applying for a role in the NHS, prior experience inproviding HR services to healthcare professionals gives you an advantage. You actually have more to offer a private sector business. Large parts ofthe public sector are really quite dynamic, currently going through majorchanges, and commercial in the sense that budgets are tight and justifying yourexistence as a non-core service cost is difficult. Match your skills and experience directly with the role by tailoring yourCV. Expand on the essential areas of experience and cut down on those that areof secondary importance. Imagine you are the person matching your CV to the role. Think of all theobjections you would have and then counter them. Spell out how your time in the public sector has broadened your experienceand refined and improved your HR skills. A highly focused application is difficult to reject, if it is relevant,researched and exudes confidence. Make sure you tailor your CV and cover letterfor every job. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Private sector not interested in meOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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