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job market for industry jobs

 
#1 job market for industry jobs
22/04/2010 11:10

rb

I have worked as a consultant and in industry (in strategy/consulting type roles). Since redundancy have applied for loads of permanent roles circa £70K but had zero interviews.

I know the survey says consulting recruitment is up but has anyone here been applying for industry roles? Are you getting interviews?

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#2 RE: job market for industry jobs
23/04/2010 14:58

ex-con to rb (#1)

Noticeable shortage of perm jobs and suspcion of consulants jumptin gship at this point.

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#3 RE: job market for industry jobs
25/04/2010 12:59

Anon to ex-con (#2)

In the real world of industry, 70k is a pretty decent salary...

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#4 RE: job market for industry jobs
25/04/2010 13:34

ZB to Anon (#3)

I would agree with the posts on this. Coming out of consulting and going into industry, the prospective employer is bound to ask themselves what value does this person bring to my company/team/department given the wage they are asking.

You see (and I know the majority of people on this forum conveniently ignore this) doing consulting for about 5-7 years of say process mapping, PMO, for say Birmingham County Council and then gathering business requirements for a system for say Morgan Stanley is hardly career enhancing stuff: there's no content there. And given your salary wants, you need to have a bit more in your armour.

Believe me, the biggest challenge in consulting is not winning or doing the work, its actually managing your career so that you get the right skills and exposure so that you have options for your next career move.

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#5 RE: job market for industry jobs
25/04/2010 14:51

rb to ZB (#4)

Just to clarify I joined consulting from industry as an experienced hire; hated the travel; returned to industry in consulting type roles. I am not an Accenture process mapper looking for my first CEO role; have never produced a process map; and been 100% private sector even in consulting.

Agree with your point about "managing your career so you get the right skills and exposure" - true for both consulting and industry. I believe I did this quite well within my employer.

The reason for my question is that I am not getting interviews. So is this because:

a) The market is so bad that the odds are stacked against everyone

b) My skills, although valuable in my last employer, are the wrong ones and less marketable outside.

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