Hiring? Are your expectations matching reality?

Hiring? Are your expectations matching reality?


One of my friends who is at University told me when she got her degree she was planning on working 3 days a week and earn around £40k per year. I was gobsmacked that such a magical job existed and when I finally managed to stop laughing I tried to manage her expectations.

I know, I know…in the current climate, building people up to believe they should reach for the stars seems to be the way forward – but it’s unrealistic.

Many people say it is a “millennial” trait to expect everything now and where I fully support ambition and having goals to aim toward, I find that expectations DO NEED to be managed. Many people aren’t prepared to start at the beginning and work their way up.

The same principle also applies to those hiring.

How many job adverts and specifications do you come across which ask for at least 5 years’ experience for minimum pay?

A large part of our job as a Recruitment Consultancy is to manage expectations for both clients and candidates alike. Being Industry experts, we know what the market rate for a job/industry is and are therefore able to advise what kind of candidate you would be looking to get for the salary offered.

One of the key buy-ins for companies using Murray Recruitment rather than hiring in-house is that we provide expert guidance.

We recently met a client who wanted an Office Manager at £18k, with us we took three candidate CVs all different experience to show a comparison. When presented with our comparisons the client could see that for those with greater experience and a more developed role (office manager) the salary they were originally offering would not be enough to entice this calibre of candidate.

Much like my friend, when looking from the outside your expectations can be too high or even too low. The easy thing to do for both would be to nod and agree but without managing expectations, we are setting someone up for disappointment. This is the true purpose of being an “expert” of an industry, not to have a title to show off on LinkedIn but to offer guidance to those who may need it.


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A happy referral – Adele

A happy referral – Adele


“So today I received my love to shop voucher for £250 for referring one of my friends to Lynsey McCormick who works at Murray Recruitment. They offer such a good referral scheme and I did it without even realising they did and was made aware afterwards! that’s how simple it is. I saw a job advertised and literally told my friend to contact Lynsey as I knew she was looking for a new job. After my friend was successful in getting the job and being employed for a matter of weeks I was asked which voucher I would like and received it shortly afterwards 👌so if you know anyone looking definitely worth it to refer them, folks, 👍 now I’m off to shop online, thanks to Murray Recruitment!

Handing in your notice| Tips for leaving your job

Handing in your notice| Tips for leaving your job

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Being offered a new job is an exciting time, but for many, the thought of handing in the notice to your work is a nerve-wracking thought. If you are leaving to go on to pastures new, it is common to feel guilt at the thought of leaving your team. If you are leaving because of a negative factor at work, it can be tempting to shout from the rooftops that you are out of there and strut straight out the door.

As tempting as the latter may be, leaving on the best terms possible is the best move. Burning bridges is never the way to go, and when they are burnt it is very difficult to repair should you ever need a reference or help in the future.

The right time

There are so many different circumstances when looking for a new job, so we understand that sometimes the luxury of choosing when you are leaving your job isn’t there, sometimes an opportunity just presents itself. If, however you have some control over your employment timeline, pick your timing wisely rather than smack bang in the middle of a huge project.

Leaving mid-project can leave colleagues resenting you. I know what you’re thinking; “I don’t care, I won’t have to see these people again” right? Wrong. You would be surprised especially in a world easily connected by social media, how often your paths will cross throughout the years, or the opportunities someone could present you with down the line.

Make sure you have the job

This may seem like a silly point to make but trust me it’s important – make sure you have the job! You should always be issued with a contract of employment from an employer, only when this is signed, or you have written confirmation should you hand in your notice.

Tell your boss first

We all have our work ‘besties’ who we can’t wait to share the latest news and gossip with but news travels fast! You know how it begins “don’t tell anyone but…” and so the chain of Chinese Whispers begins. Always speak to your boss first, if the shoe was on the other foot you would expect the same respect and opportunity to discuss matters further. Speaking to your boss can be a daunting task but if you are honest and direct, they will appreciate your professionalism.

Work your notice 

When offered a new job the temptation to say you can start right away can be great, however, working your notice has positive effects on both sides. Your new employer will see that you are a trustworthy, professional and considerate employee. It can also give them time to prepare for your arrival. For your current employer, it means you aren’t leaving anyone in the lurch. That you are happy to leave the company on good terms …and let’s not forget the ‘sorry you’re leaving gifts!

Training others

This can be a tough one to swallow if you are leaving on unhappy terms but the right thing to do. If the company have hired a replacement and asked you to train them on your duties, try not to taint their experience of the excitement of a new job. Making things difficult or uncomfortable won’t do anyone any favours especially you.

Remember your social media

People can be very quick to spill their frustrations or big news on social media. If announcing that you have a new job, avoid doing so until after you have handed in your notice. This comes back to telling your boss first… news travels fast and premature posts about new jobs, or company/ employee frustrations have managed to get many people in hot water. Imagine getting sacked before you hand in your notice? It happens!

Social media plays such a big part of our daily lives, for more information on how social media plays a part with employers, check out our other blogs

Stay in touch

This isn’t a must but it is a handy tip. You never know where other people’s influences can get you in the future. Remember the well-known phrase of it’s not what you know, but who you know‘ well it’s true. Luckily it has never been easier to stay connected so get friending, following and connecting!

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