With the rapidly changing world of accounting and finance, professionals need to prepare for the job search process. here are a few tips
In this transformed world, finance and accounting professionals must reinvent “jobs” and think differently and more laterally about what careers might look like. Continuous improvement of skills is important for progress. As organizational structures become more fluid and traditional hierarchies are redesigned, organizations seek broader skills and opportunities abound for those who are ready to adapt quickly to rapidly changing environments. Here are some tips for accounting professionals to better prepare for the job search process
Know what you want
Rather than sending out your resume every time you open up, think about what you really want. Often times, candidates end up applying and interviewing for jobs they are not interested in later on. Having a clear idea of the type of position you are looking for means that you should only apply for positions that match your goals. It may take careful thought about what exactly you want from your profession, and where you see yourself in about 10 years. Applicants should also take into consideration their own technical and general strengths, interests and skills.
It might sound basic, but an organized approach to job hunting can reduce the stress involved. Create a list of all the jobs you want to apply for and update it regularly to track progress. This list should contain relevant information such as company name and recruiter contact details. Now there are several digital tools to make this process easier. Keep a written record and mark your calendar for any meetings, discussions or talks. It is also imperative to take notes. It may sound cumbersome, but reduces confusion and acts as a backup in case you forget something.
An important part of organizing is instilling time management skills. Job hunting can be a long process that requires discipline. It’s more effective to set a particular time of day to focus on. Remember to pick a time when you are very productive. You will also need to plan and prepare for the interviews.
Followed by a thank you and a short message is often considered polite. A phone call, email, or LinkedIn message should do the trick. Applicants who follow up can receive valuable feedback that can further assist them in their application process.
There can be a lot of uncertainty right now, due to the pandemic, but all applicants should remember that accounting professionals are a vital cog in the economy. Job seekers need to maintain a sense of confidence and hope because, despite the challenges, there is certainly a position they can fill that matches their career goals and unique skills.
The author is Head of International Development, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)