As we head into the new year, you should be setting goals for what you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. One of your goals may be to find a new accounting or finance job. Here are our top financial job search tips from 2017.
Monitor Your LinkedIn Profile
Because a hiring manager will likely view your LinkedIn profile when you apply for a position, you want to present yourself in a highly professional manner. For example, mention your accomplishments, such as how you helped your team secure a substantial account with a big client. Participate in LinkedIn Groups to interact with other professionals in your field and show you’re a thought leader. In addition, use Open Candidate to connect with hiring managers and recruiters without your current employer finding out.
Highlight Your Accounting Skills and Accomplishments
List your technical skills, including proficiency in SAP, Oracle, Sage and other high-level software that set you apart from the competition. Also, mention the accomplishments you achieved in previous positions, such as taking on more responsibility and creating desired results. Ensure you quantify your success to show how strong your performance was. Mention how well you prepare an income statement, balance sheet, statement of retained earnings, statement of cash flow and other financial statements. Furthermore, explain how you pay attention to detail when performing financial analysis.
Find Work When You Are Unemployed
There are many methods of finding work when you’re unemployed. Use social media for networking. Update your Facebook profile to show what type of role you’re looking for and what your skills and experience are, then reach out to your friends and ask if they know of any openings. Use LinkedIn to connect with former colleagues, supervisors and executives you worked with and hiring managers at companies that interest you. Follow companies you’d like to work for on LinkedIn and Twitter so you can be notified when they have job openings. Continue building your skill set. Volunteer with a nonprofit organization that provides services you’re passionate about. Include the fundraising, email marketing, event management or other skills you gained on your resume. In addition, continue personal and professional development. Take on temporary and contract projects that enhance your skills and may lead to full-time work. Participate in a class or professional association related to your field. Furthermore, work with a recruiter who specializes in your industry. Contact them to see how they’d like to receive your cover letter and resume. Appropriately prepare for your interview. Follow up weekly without becoming bothersome. Show gratitude for the recruiter’s assistance.
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