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 surveyors have traditionally paid little attention.
This has changed dramatically today and virtually all professionals in the built environment and real estate want to start planning their careers, but many do not know where to start.
The Property Profession
Property; it chose you. Whether or not you decided to become a surveyor and which type of practice you joined, were often social decisions based on family interests, personal contacts, where you lived and so forth.
The type of surveying in which you specialised, if you specialised at all, depended upon your firm’s requirements. That's all changed now. Read our guide to careers in property, the past, present & future.
Guide to Job Seeking and Redundancy
We hope you’ll find this information useful and supportive. 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.
Job Search & CV Writing
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.
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 that team. During the first part of the interview allow the employer to have his say, while staying alert and interested. Read these interview tips for real estate professionals before discussing roles with your specialist recruitment consultant.
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
Real estate & the built environment requires 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.