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What roles are companies hiring for in 2020?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Getting the job of your dreams depends on suitable vacancies being available to apply for, and this holds true from entry-level jobs right up to executive roles.

Of course some entrepreneurs build their own business from scratch, but if you’re entering a mature industry, it’s usually easier to join an established company and work your way up.

Here are five roles many companies will be looking to fill in 2020, giving you the vacancies and opportunities you need to progress towards your long-term career goals.

1. Data analyst roles

Data drives profitability in a wide range of industries nowadays, and that means talented data analysts are always in demand.

As new technologies emerge all the time, the data landscape is continually disrupted. This helps to level the playing field significantly for new entrants.

If you’re relatively early in your career, data analyst roles are one discipline where recent education can be as important as on-the-job experience in landing the best positions.

2. Specialist sales jobs

Disruptive technologies need competent sales teams who are able to explain the potential of new innovations to prospects who have never heard of them before.

In many cases, the sales teams working on raising awareness and orders of new technologies are themselves from technology backgrounds, rather than traditional marketing backgrounds.

This is giving specialists an in-road into sales and marketing, a dynamic and rewarding discipline that you might want to consider if you want to get out of the computer lab in your next job.

3. Executive roles

Leadership is critical in this time of disruption and continual innovation, so talented individuals are finding new opportunities in board-level executive roles and senior management.

Getting into these executive roles means combining good career experience with personal attributes like good resistance to high-stress scenarios and flexibility across multiple disciplines.

If you fit the profile, executive roles could be well within reach and it’s worth putting them in your career plan even if they currently seem like an ambitious aim.

4. Human resources

HR roles are diversifying too. An increasing number of human resources professionals are being tasked with upskilling internal employees, not just hiring from outside.

Internal promotions have always been popular to fill senior roles, but the climate of disruption means new senior management and executive roles sometimes emerge with nobody to fill them from further down the hierarchy.

This leaves a question – recruit externally or train internally? There’s no right or wrong answer to that question in many cases, but it is one that is often left to the HR department to answer either way.

5. Regulatory and compliance

Finally, with an increasing amount of compliance and regulatory demand placed on companies across many different sectors, companies need department heads and executives who can navigate the treacherous legal waters.

Again this is often driven by emerging technologies, such as the regulations surrounding driverless cars in your company fleet, or how to handle marketing data collated via a mobile app.

If you have good awareness of the issues confronting your sector or you have undertaken relevant legal training in the past, you could find you have a head-start when applying for senior-level roles that would previously have had little exposure to legal issues.

Are you looking to climb the career ladder? Contact us today for expert recruitment services.

The winding road to chief executive roles

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Chief executive roles are some of the most prized positions in any organisation, and getting your name on the door of the CEO’s office is a long-term ambition for many people.

But how you get there can be a very non-linear process. It’s always been a combination of many different factors, such as leadership ability, intelligence, a willingness to work hard, and often blind luck.

However, modern-day companies are increasingly looking for CEOs to have experience in multiple different departments, and you’ll often find chief executive roles occupied by former chief information officers or chief financial officers.

In some organisations the CIO or CFO is on equal footing with the CEO when it comes to expressing opinions around the boardroom table.

But by experiencing more than one management role in different departments, you improve your odds of getting into the C-suite overall.

Is ‘lateral promotion’ good or bad?

Moving into a different department at the same level of seniority is often thought of as ‘lateral promotion’ – a move sideways rather than up the hierarchy.

Research shows that this can increase your chances of eventually making CEO. However, too much lateral movement is not always a good thing.

Move to a completely different company and the evidence shows that you don’t help your chances, although on average you also don’t hurt them either.

But switch to an entirely different industry and you’re less likely to make it to CEO, so try to choose your sector early in your career and stick to it if you’re targeting executive roles as your long-term ambition.

Cutting corners to race to the C-suite

Increasingly, organisations seeking to capitalise on talented candidates are offering hybrid roles that make good use of your capabilities in multiple disciplines at once.

For example, you might work in the IT department but have significant financial responsibilities, giving your employer a single source for information about IT budgets and spending.

This kind of role is relatively rare, but if you’re aiming for executive roles in the future, middle-management hybrid roles are one way to show your aptitude in multiple areas at once, potentially removing the need for lateral promotion later on.

Right skills, right time

Surprisingly, the CEO isn’t always the individual with the best skills in sales or marketing, product innovation, technology or otherwise.

Instead, it’s about being the person with the best total capability across all of those areas. If you’re pursuing executive roles within your existing company, look at the current executives for inspiration when trying to fill in any gaps on your CV.

Covering many different disciplines to a good level – even if not the highest level – means you’re well equipped to step into any senior-level role that becomes available, especially if nobody else in your organisation has the skills to step up.

Often this is how senior execs find themselves in the executive roles they’ve been chasing throughout their career – by being in the right place, at the right time, with a varied skill set.

Your 5-year route into executive roles

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

You’ve probably been asked by an interviewer “where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” but you might not realise that this is a question that is worth asking yourself, especially if you have an ambition to climb the career ladder into executive roles.

Getting into the C-suite is no small feat for anyone in business and, although it may seem like there’s a certain personality type that’s destined for the boardroom, that isn’t always the case.

For some people in business, it’s hard work and forward-planning that eventually gets them into executive roles, and the sooner you can set out your career plan, the better the chance for you to get a seat at the table too.

Why a 5-year plan?

Career mapping is all about long-term goals and ongoing personal development, and in most people’s career a five-year plan makes good sense, as it’s long enough to make significant progress but not so long that it takes too big of a bite out of your career.

If you’re targeting executive roles, ask yourself where you are now in terms of skills and experience, and what you need to do to climb the promotion ladder as quickly as possible.

Some of the most respected and renowned executives in business started out in entry-level roles with an ambition to become the president of their company – and many of them got there in double-quick time.

Getting started

The start of any career plan is finding the right role to begin with. Unless you already have considerable experience or extremely unusual qualifications, you’re likely to start out near the bottom in an entry-level role.

Keep executive roles in your sights. Apply for entry-level jobs with clear progression opportunities. Don’t be afraid to ask about the promotion hierarchy upfront – interviewers should not be put off by ambition.

Remember that promotion, especially to the highest levels, tends to happen from within. If there’s a particular company you’re interested in, find a way to get in the door.

Earn your reputation

Show some initiative and excel in your role and you’ll build a positive reputation with the right people in the management hierarchy.

That can mean taking on responsibilities that are not strictly part of your job description. It may mean taking unpaid overtime or longer hours, or working on new initiatives and helping to bring them to maturity.

All of this helps you to show willingness and positions you closer to the core of the company, moving your name higher up the list when promotion opportunities arise.

Watch your goal

Keep your eye on the boardroom. Do whatever you can to ‘dress for the role you want’. Ask senior colleagues to mentor you, take on management-level duties like delivering training sessions, and so on.

There’s no clear-cut route map into executive roles, but there are sensible steps along the way.

Know where you want to be and plot the ways to get there – based on what opportunities are available to you in your entry-level role – and who knows where you’ll be in five years’ time.

If you are climbing the executive ladder, we can help! Get in touch with us today.

Alexander Hancock are rated among the top 3 recruitment agencies in Trafford

Friday, February 7th, 2020

The team at Alexander Hancock got an early Christmas present at the end of 2019 when we were listed in the top three recruitment agencies in Trafford.

It’s an area that spans from Old Trafford and Trafford Park, right down the west of Greater Manchester, taking in Stretford and Sale, Partington and Warburton, Hale, Timperley and our own home in Altrincham, among other districts located between the M62 and Manchester Airport.

With such a large part of Greater Manchester covered, we were thrilled to be shortlisted by Three Best Rated as one of the podium placed best recruitment agencies in Trafford.

The rating is a shining endorsement of every aspect of our service to candidates and employers like, so it was a huge compliment to be contacted by Three Best Rated to let us know we had been shortlisted.

What is Three Best Rated?

Three Best Rated use a rigorous 50-point scoring system to rank organisations in different sectors and different local areas.

Criteria used to rate businesses include history, reputation, trust, cost, complaints data, satisfaction, user ratings, nearness and ‘general excellence’.

We are one of the companies shortlisted in the category of Top 3 Recruitment Agencies in Trafford, which means even more to us because of how much of the city was in the running.

How did we do?

Alexander Hancock is the only company in our category to score the full 10 marks on seven out of the possible 12 categories – the other two finalists scored full marks on three or four categories each.

That means our entry on Three Best Rated scored full marks on address validation, business hours, contact info, range of services, location, website source and website standard – an indication of how complete and correct out TBR profile is.

We’re really pleased to be able to offer this complete and accurate information via the TBR website, making it even easier for people to find us when they’re looking for the best recruitment agencies in Trafford.

Is this a paid listing?

Absolutely not! Three Best Rated do not allow businesses to pay them for a listing. This was an independently scored rating and Alexander Hancock came out in the top three over all the other recruitment agencies in Trafford that TBR considered.

TBR say: “We display only businesses that are verified by our team, since customers deserve only the best.”

This is a sentiment we wholeheartedly agree with at Alexander Hancock, where we always aim to deliver the best recruitment services in Trafford whether you are an employer or a candidate, if you need our help get it touch with us now.