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Guide to Job Seeking and Redundancy

We hope that you’ll find this information useful and supportive. It has been compiled jointly by RICS, LionHeart (the benevolent fund for members and their families) and the recruitment consultants Macdonald & Company, to help members faced with
redundancy… Click to download PDF


The Property Profession; Past, Present, Future

In the past, often people did not choose a career path in 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 … Click to download PDF

Career Planning

Unfortunately, it is the case that surveyors will 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 to which surveyors have traditionally paid little attention. The strong market from the mid-nineties onwards and increased activity by recruitment consultancies, has led to a greater degree of planning by surveyors, but many still do not know where to start ... Click to download PDF

The Job Search and 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 ... Click to download PDF


Most interviews follow a fairly standard format. First, the interviewer will make a general statement about the vacancy and the firm. Then he will ask you questions and, finally, he will answer yours. During the first part of the interview allow the employer to have his say, while staying alert and interested ... Click to download PDF

Making The Decision

To rush 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 an 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 search. Firstly, make sure you consider your current employment as an offer – applying the same comparison criteria as any alternative offers ... Click to download PDF


Working Internationally

In a profession that 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.Macdonald & Company is the only recruitment consultancy to be approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors ... Click to download PDF