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Make that job yours
Karen Young offers you some advice on super-charging your search for that dream role
The experience gained early in your accountancy career could impact the types of senior positions open to you in the future. This may make searching for your next job seem like a daunting prospect, filled with concerns over making the ‘wrong’ choice, but with the current demand for part and newly qualified accountants showing no signs of slowing, now is the time to ensure you capitalise and develop your career. Here’s how to supercharge your job search…
Map your future
First, it is imperative that you establish a comprehensive career plan. There are two key components to building an achievable – and thus ultimately successful – plan. You should make an honest assessment of your professional strengths, interests and weaknesses. Which areas do you excel in, and which require development? What are your unique professional skills? What do you most enjoy? This will help you to discuss your CV and enable you to make informed career decisions based upon what is a good fit for you.
Next, combine this with a broader vision for your professional future. Create realistic and clearly defined statements of your future career goals, and streamline your job search accordingly. I also advise separating goals into a logical time line of one, two, five and even ten year objectives, however far away that may seem now.
Turn to the experts
During your job search it is important to seek advice from those who know the market best. An expert recruiter can offer constructive industry insights, such as the specific skill sets employers are looking for, and will refine and enhance your search by matching your strengths and expertise with the right employer. Through understanding your future ambitions, a good recruiter can also be of continuous value by making you aware of opportunities throughout your career. Similarly, a mentor can prove invaluable by providing you with an external perspective and experienced guidance regarding your career path.
Finally, don’t neglect the basics. Remember to continuously update and correctly format your CV and have access to it wherever you are so you are able to apply to jobs on-the-go: yours is a fast moving industry, and you need to be ready to seize opportunities at all times. Build a robust LinkedIn profile, one which adequately shows off your expertise and competence. Ensure you maximise the value of this platform by joining groups, growing your network, and requesting recommendations from colleagues and managers.
For more information and job opportunities for PQs visit www.hays.co.uk/pq
• Karen Young, Director, Hays Accountancy and Finance
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