New Year, change of career?

Posted by Design & Construct on 22 Dec 2015, 12:00:01

In Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Labour Hire

Design & Construct 
Recruitment Excellence


What career do you want in 2016?

The start of a New Year is the perfect time to find a new job or even change careers. You have had time to digest the last 12 months over the Christmas period and taken a well earned break. Hopefully now feeling refreshed and full of vigour, it will come easy to take stock and prepare for the new challenges that lie ahead in 2016.

Maybe the most important thing for you in 2016 is working towards finding that perfect balance between work and family life. It takes time, luck and dedication to accomplish this ideal, so what do you need to do to achieve this? Well luckily for you, you are reading this blog and with a little assistance from Design & Construct it should be a bump-free ride. As recruitment specialists, we not only try to find the right candidate for employers but we also strive to find the right position for our candidates.

One Direction

There may be any number of reasons which have made you decide to pursue a new career, but the first thing you need to do is select an area you would like to break into. Narrowing your search and having a clear and defined plan will help keep you focussed on your objectives, enabling you to achieve your desired outcome. The first stage of finding a new job requires research, determination and positivity, use the momentum of the New Year to regroup, take stock of your skills, address your needs and bolster your confidence.


  • We live in a digital age; therefore, it would be prudent to optimize your online presence by creating a unique CV showcasing your skills, knowledge and experience.
  • Use experienced industry specific recruiters like Design & Construct to connect you directly to company decision makers.
  • Network by contacting potential employers or using a recruitment company who can do this easily for you.
  • Update old skills and/ or learn new ones which will enable you to keep up to date with the modern world we live in.

Find a recruitment company you can trust, like us who can provide you with professional advice and CV writing tips. As a corporate member of the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association (RCSA), Design & Construct will always act in accordance with their code of conduct on professional recruitment. This ensures you are always getting the most current and appropriate support and advice.

Prepare to shine

Design & Construct can also advise and steer you through the intricacies of the interview process. We work closely with clients to make sure candidates are suitable from day one. We can help you polish your performance and guide you on etiquette and dress code expectations, for instance, dressing accordingly for the role, being polite and articulating questions fully.

Usually interview questions based on your skill-set are fairly easy to answer, however it can be somewhat more difficult to sell your own strengths and weaknesses as a person. We can help you prepare by anticipating key general questions like ‘what are your interests', ‘tell me about yourself' focussing on your strengths and weaknesses so answers flow easily and confidently during interviews when stress levels can run high.

It is also advisable to research the company's profile and the person interviewing you via Linkedin or their corporate website. You will not only discover how the company you want to work for operates, but you will get an insight into the type of colleagues you will be working with. Try and stand out from your competitors, what makes you unique? Why should they choose you? Stay ahead of any industry related news which you could integrate into your pitch. Talking points are excellent ways of demonstrating your skills, experience, and professionalism and will display your enthusiasm to your future employer.

At Design and Construct we anticipate 2016 to be even more demanding, whether you are looking for a new job or looking to recruit. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to use all our available careers support and advice to help you advance in the right direction, in a professional and timely manner.         

Our New Year's resolution is the same as it has been for the last 12 years, to provide Recruitment Excellence from our three offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 2016 is said to be the age of the customer, you are our customer, so get in touch and let us provide you with all the skills you will need to survive in the business world this New Year.