macdonald and company
macdonald and company

Career Advice

Our unparalleled knowledge in the global real estate and built environment industries enables us to give you expert career advice. 

From graduate to board level, our teams are on board to help you at every step.

Career Planning

Unfortunately, most professionals working in the built environment spend many hours, indeed weeks, planning a two-week holiday in the sun, but precious little time on decisions that will affect the next 30 or so years of their life. Career planning is something which we have traditionally paid little attention to. 

Today, this has changed dramatically and virtually all professionals in real estate and the built environment want to start planning their careers, but many do not know where to start.

Listen to our Accelerating Careers in Real Estate podcast series, featuring industry leaders share their unique career journeys.

Alex Parkes
Felicity Ronn

Job Search & CV Writing

Start your search with Macdonald & Company and we can help guide your next move.

A carefully prepared and well-presented CV is the most important device you can use in a search for employment. If your CV is informative and interesting to read, it will open doors for you. The content of your own CV should be used by most recruitment consultancies without alteration. This will provide a more accurate and personal representation of the essential you! 

Putting your CV together need not be difficult if you keep your prospective employer’s point of view in mind. 

Read these CV Tips to help secure your interview.


LionHeart

This guide to job seeking & redundancy has been compiled jointly by RICS & LionHeart (the benevolent fund for RICS members and their families), and the recruitment consultants at Macdonald & Company to help members faced with redundancy.

Lionheart

Interviews

Most interviews follow a fairly standard format. First, the interviewer will make a general statement about the vacancy and the firm. Then they will ask you questions and, finally, they will answer yours. 

Interviews are a two-way street. You have to discover as much as you can about the company, the team, and their goals as they do about how you may fit into their team. During the first part of the interview allow the employer to have their say and set the tone. 

Read these interview tips for real estate professionals before discussing roles with your specialist recruitment consultant

Vivian Qin
Simon Chevis

Making Your Decision

Rushing to accept the first offer you receive is ill-advised unless it is the post you have set your sights on from the start or your instinct recommends it strongly. Deciding whether to accept a job offer or wait for another or choosing between several offers, should be approached with the same meticulous care you have applied to the rest of your job search. 

Firstly, make sure you consider your current employment as an offer – applying the same comparison criteria as any alternative offers. Read our career change advice for real estate professionals

Working Overseas

Real estate and the built environment require a high level of professional ability and qualifications; Macdonald & Company enjoys a reputation for scrupulous standards of practice and balanced judgement in serving the requirements of employers and employees alike. 

As the only recruitment consultancy to be approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors we have unparalleled insight into RICS membership overseas and their global passport initiative.

Will Buck

Latest Jobs

Salary

ZAR540000 - ZAR600000 per annum

Sector: Debt Finance/Investment
Location

Johannesburg

Description

A commercial property financing company is looking for an Asset Quality Manager to join their dynamic team. For the past 15 years our client has been assisting property entrepreneurs attain financial

Salary

ZAR600000 - ZAR670000 per annum

Sector: Marketing & Communications
Location

Johannesburg

Description

This newly created role for a Digital Marketing Manager is an outstanding opportunity to join one of the leading real estate brands in South Africa. You will report to the Head of Marketing and Commun

Salary

ZAR40000 - ZAR45000 per month, Benefits: 3 Month contract with immediate start

Sector: Property Management
Location

Johannesburg

Description

Are you a dynamic Property Manager looking to join a medium sized business with a variety of real estate assets across Johannesburg? This role requires someone to start on the 1st of May 2021 and is b

Salary

£40000 - £65000 per annum, Benefits: car

Sector: Project Management - New Build
Location

Greater Manchester

Description

A leading project consultancy is recruiting for a programme manager to oversee multiple projects at once, and coordinate the teams as necessary. You'd initially be working with a large public sector a

Salary

£70000 - £85000 per annum

Sector: Development Management
Location

London

Description

An opportunity to join a prominent investor and developer in major regeneration schemes as lead development manager focused on a major regeneration of a brownfield scheme for 1,200 BtR units plus thre

Salary

ZAR156000 per annum

Sector: Bid/Proposals/Tender
Location

Centurion

Description

Our client is a large private real estate company that has a presence throughout most of South Africa’s major cities. With an existing portfolio exceeding 1,000,000sqm and consisting of commercial, re

Salary

ZAR720000 per annum

Sector: Asset Management
Location

Johannesburg

Description

Our client is large private landlord with a vested interest in all asset classes across South Africa’s major cities. With a portfolio exceeding 1,000,000m2 and plans for further growth this diverse co

Salary

ZAR360000 per annum

Sector: Residential Sales
Location

Johannesburg

Description

Residential sales agent sought for established developer! Our client is a residential developer and contractor based in Gauteng and is 25 years old. They develop a wide range of residential property –

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