Bristol Job Market (Snapshot)
For those considering relocating to Bristol or seeking employment in the area, the City has become a thriving centre of business, tourism, entertainment, culture and innovation. Bristol has reinforced its legacy for excellence from the times of the Great Western Railway and strong inspiration from Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Today, Bristol is still renowned for entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence with a diverse portfolio of business covering different sectors – technology, engineering, advanced manufacturing, IT, media, telecommunications, R&D, science, medical and tourism.
The local economy has been strengthened by the proliferation of start-up entities growing and thriving to become medium-sized companies, so requiring specialist skills and larger headcounts. There is also a concentration of major defence companies (notably BAe Systems; QinetiQ) in the area (and nearby Bath), plus a network of prime / sub-contractors and high technology firms supporting these major employers. Compare this to an over-heating property market in London, then Bristol is a really favourable place to live and work, most notably with major redevelopments and investment programmes alongside the dock areas.
Executive Search: Bristol
Bristol is like any other major regional employment hub in the UK (i.e. one of several major UK regional cities). With this comes a well-developed labour market, plenty of opportunities and a network of executive headhunting firms / specialist recruitment consultants. Many of these may be regional / branch offices of international / national headhunting firms or alternatively those offering a more local / regional focus.
It goes without saying, carefully choose an executive headhunter to partner with, go and see them and build the relationship – go prepared and be ready to convince headhunters you are the right candidate for them put to forward to employers. Offer something different, sell expertise and focus on target roles. Local headhunting firms may be able to offer better local contacts, employer networks and job market intelligence the more national headhunting firms may not be able to help with. Equally, check out the reputation of these headhunting firms and the types of assignments they are dealing with (i.e. much information can be gleaned from the website). Defence / engineering companies often advertise nationally or internationally for very specific expertise , but try to find the headhunter behind these vacancies and make contact accordingly to target potential opportunities that may arise in the future.