Great Accounting Jobs don’t grow on trees
In the current job marketplace, there are few finance professionals who feel completely secure in our daily employment. For a variety of reasons we know that the largest companies can self-destruct when stock markets shift or when consumers turn against them online because of a simple customer service issue.
This leaves both employed and unemployed professionals pondering about “what is next” for them. It doesn’t take a big leap of imagination to consider shifting industries, moving into a new community, or simply re-inventing our personal goals.
Before doing anything risky, take a moment to think about your overall objectives and rely on smart planning to create a safer route to your career destination.
Search for your job category
A key element of “being on the market” is knowing when and where market demand is happening. Visit a few job sites and subscribe to RSS feeds or notifiers about relevant opportunities. This allows you to draw a map and see trends in your own market.
An example of doing this could be a financial pro visiting a site for accounting jobs and watching the companies and opportunities that are consistently happening, or how long a certain opening has existed (indicating low or high demand for candidates)
When using search tools, be very aware of industry jargon and terminology. Recruiters don’t always use the perfect description for an opening, so individuals looking for accounting jobs may do better if they look at finance jobs too.
Update your resume and bio
Don’t wait until the last minute or when you direly need it. If you have income today, it is much less stressfull and far more effective to rework how people view you.
Ask co-workers and peers today, not tomorrow.
Sit down and write up a simple list of ten to fifteen peers and personal friends to write a recommendation for you and make sure to offer the same. Gone are the days when most recruiters ask for references: they want to see that you have multiple “happy people” in your professional network the minute the sit down at the keyboard.
Use digital tools
If you are not using sites like Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter to maintain and grow your network – start doing it today. The tools are not complex, but your strategy can be, and it pays off to have a longterm plan to naturally grow with you. If you have questions about any of the services, simply turn to the search engines and look for social networking site name with “guides” or “how to use” as a search term.
Having a healthy career net simply doesn’t happen overnight. You need to commit time to it every day. Spend five to ten minutes every day on a consistent basis (think of it as a diet plan for your career) and make sure to hold yourself to it. Your plan can be as simple as reaching out to one old contact every day.