Career coach John Lees once said, “Only 9% of private sector HR Managers say that they have never recruited from the public sector.” He has previously spoken about the traditional stigma around public sector workers who enjoy short hours with no real deadlines or targets.
Here are our top tips for making a transition between the public and private sectors:
One of the biggest differences between the two sectors is leadership development, which is evident in the increasing number of private sector managers who are making the move into Public Sector organisations. They can offer a different approach to the business, they are typically commercially-driven and have a fresh outlook on the business. This can often be attractive to managers making the move, as it offers them a great challenge and ultimately a change project.
Private sectors have a huge focus on being profit driven, therefore pressure is usually on when it comes to financial performance and productivity in an employee. A public sector worker will often find this a slight challenge, however the financial benefits do follow and it is important to show this is a challenge you are willing to take on and succeed in.
On the other hand, moving from the private sector can ultimately affect your potential earnings, due to it not being related to the profits of your employers and shareholders. The good news is that public sector businesses are aware of this, so are focusing on what else they can do to attract top talent. They are looking at the total package and the benefits they can add which won’t affect their direct profits. Benefits that offer people a better work-life balance are becoming increasingly popular and in demand, with one of the first questions candidates asking being around things like flexible working and holiday. This is something that public sector businesses can definitely do to attract this talent, making the move for private sector employees much more beneficial.
It is becoming increasingly normal for people to make the move across sectors, so it is important to forget the competition and what you might be up against. Focus on the way you present yourself both in person and on your CV, and what you can offer an employer.
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