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The workplace: finding your dream job

Shahid Nawaz offers some tips for PQs wanting a new role

August 2015

PQs who are now getting qualified face a very positive market compared to those in recent years. There has been an increase in recruitment activity across all sectors, with employers looking to recruit graduates into these roles to cover a shortage in candidates. As the restraints on training contracts are lifted we are experiencing heightened demand for early and mid-stage studiers. There is also now a significant demand for NQs moving from practice into their first commercial role and for those who have recently completed graduate schemes moving within industry.
When starting your search for a new job, it is important to identify the skills and competencies that you have and research organisations and role that you would look to move to. You need to be armed with all this information to know where you need to target your search.
Secondly, meeting with an expert recruiter to discuss your career options and the roles suitable for you will enable you to gain a better understanding about different job roles, working environments and sectors. They will also be able to review your CV objectively and suggest how to make this the best it can be before searching and applying for new roles.
Ensure your CV is up-to-date
It is important to ensure that your CV reflects all your experience, training and qualifications; make sure your previous employment dates are accurate. Remember, your CV is your sales pitch to a potential employer, so ensure there are no spelling or grammatical errors and explain any gaps in your employment history. It is important to understand what the trends are in your field of finance, for example if there is increased merger and acquisition activity in the industry, you will want to ensure that you can highlight areas that support this in your CV such as due diligence. Employers and recruiters will be looking to see the professional qualifications that you already have or are working towards, so be sure to detail these on your CV or job applications.
The most important point to remember is that your CV and application need to be tailored to each individual role. This means ensuring that you demonstrate you meet all the required competencies as outlined in the job and person descriptions. If you have further study to undertake and would be looking for a new role with an employer who would support this, both financially and with study leave, be sure to check if this is mentioned in the job description, or raise this with your recruiter or at interview so you are on the same page as prospective employers.
Employers looking at your CV or application will want you to demonstrate your experience and a number of key competencies and characteristics, so include keywords to meet the job specification criteria. It is important to reference the environments that you have worked in such as practice or if you have experience even on a secondment basis in audit, tax or corporate governance and the projects that you have worked on.
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Shahid Nawaz, Business Director, Hays Accountancy & Finance, London

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