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David Rayner, an experienced, international finance professional
To be honest, I was in two minds about even bothering to take up outplacement support following redundancy. I was a finance director with over 25 years' experience and a strong network. I couldn’t see what value it would add.
My attitude changed in my first meeting with my Connor consultant. After a couple of telephone calls to establish my requirements, I was paired with John Hannides. We met in a central London hotel for about two hours and we gelled quickly, establishing a good rapport. I came away thinking about the advice that he had given me.
I like to remember things in groups of three. John and I agreed that he could add value in three areas: finding a job, the interview and onboarding.
"It is fair to say that my view of outplacement has come full circle. Connor did brilliantly to pair me with John. I'm very pleased we've got to know each other and he is now a valuable, impartial member of my network."
I'd already used my network to reach out to the CEO of a leading oil & gas company to inform them of my availability. I got a response within two hours and John was impressed. He encouraged me to do more networking. To that end we started to list all the people I could approach from my network in that first meeting.
Having an up to date, complete LinkedIn profile is vital. I was approached by a head hunter on LinkedIn about a job with ED&F Man, a commodities trading company.
John helped me through three interviews with them. He helped me prepare well for two meetings in London and at final stage in Zurich where the role is based. I felt ready in terms of the research I'd done on the people I was meeting and had the right questions to ask them.
I accepted a role as CFO of ED&F Man's coffee business. They source green, speciality coffee from all over the world and supply it to recognised brands like Starbucks and Costa.
John and I are now working on my personal brand. When you are about to start a new role, this is about first impressions. What are the things that you want people to think after you meet them for the first time? I want colleagues to understand that I am professional, trusted, reliable, approachable and results oriented. Taking this into a new role will make your induction more effective and help you to succeed.
It is fair to say that my view of outplacement has come full circle. Connor did brilliantly to pair me with John. I'm very pleased we've got to know each other and he is now a valuable, impartial member of my network. I look forward to continuing my relationship with him.