All posts by Duncan Brodie

How To Really Do Well In Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews are challenging.  They are also a great opportunity for you. Sadly many accountants and professionals struggle in job interviews. It’s not that they are not capable.  Often they just don’t do what’s necessary to perform really well. Check out the video above and discover what to do to make sure that you perform well in job […]

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Finance Business Partnering: Is It Really That Different To A Traditional Management Accounting Role?

Look at job descriptions or job adverts for many accounting jobs in industry, commerce or the public sector and chances are you will see Finance Business Partnering mentioned. There is no doubt in my mind that accounting has changed a lot since I started out in 1980. Back then it was definitely a back office function. Of […]

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How To Be Much More Effective In Your Accountancy Job Search

Landing your next job in accountancy is often a challenge.  Even for good candidates. One thing that I’ve noticed is a tendency to adopt what I refer to as the spray and hope strategy. The problem with this approach is you put in a lot of effort and don’t necessarily get the results they want. The reality is […]

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The Challenge for Accountants When It Comes To Their CV and How to Overcome It

I was doing a consultation with a highly experienced finance professional a while back.We had previously spoken about their CV by email.  I’d shared some tips along with a free guide.  They had reworked their CV several times. Even after several re-drafts it still fell short of being good enough.Sadly this is not uncommon.  When […]

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How to Handle Job Interview Questions About a Lack of Experience

You apply for a role that you believe you are a good but not a perfect fit.  You get the invitation to go along for an interview. So far so good.  The interview is going well.  You feel you have built up good rapport with the person who is interviewing you. Then it gets to the […]

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With So Much Advice Available Why Do Accountants and Professionals Still Struggle In Job Interviews?

Do a Google search on the term “Best job interview tips” and you will discover there is no shortage of advice available. In fact a search on that specific term will give you over 8million responses. With so much advice available why do accountants and professionals still struggle in job interviews? I believe there are several reasons. Reason 1: […]

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Why You Really Are The Best Person To Create Your CV

I was doing a career consultation with a senior finance professional recently.  As well as other documents the individual sent over their CV to get my thoughts on it. Ultimately the CV has one primary objective.  To get you through the screening process and get on to the job interview. These days that screening process may be […]

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How To Ensure You Effectively Prepare For Your Next Accounting Job Interview

Job interviews are strange in some respects.  From your perspective as a candidate you are making a decision on where you are going to spend a significant part of your awaken hours.  From an employers’ perspective it’s a major investment decision.   It’s not just your salary cost.  There are other costs that could include:National insurance contributionsPension contributionsBonusesCar […]

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What You Can and What You Can’t Influence In Job Interviews

Getting through the initial selection process and getting the invite to interview for the job is a significant achievement. Your CV, LinkedIn profile and other marketing activities has achieved the result you wanted.  Now it’s just a case of converting the invite into a job offer.  It shouldn’t be that difficult should it? Take a look at the […]

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Focus on Value Rather Than Activities

As an accountant or professional you are ambitious.  Achieving in your career matters to you.  All good in theory.  On the other hand theory and making it happen practically is very different. A common complaint of accountants and professionals is that they have too much to do and not enough time. You know that getting an upgrade on […]

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