When You Should Not Be Disappointed If You Didn’t Get The Job

Looking for a new job or even your first start in your career is challenging. Sometimes you will be successful and at other times it will be rejection. If it’s the latter (rejection), it’s really easy to go into a negative frame of mind. To start believing that there’s something wrong with you because you aren’t getting a […]

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The Leadership Style Myth

If you are a leader or an aspiring leader in finance, you will be familiar with leadership styles. You may even have been asked about your leadership style in a job interview. Now it’s fair to say that there are different styles of leadership. But what there isn’t is a best style that fits every situation. In fact the […]

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Reverse Mentoring In Finance

I was on a virtual conference recently.  During the conference one of the discussion points was around reverse mentoring. Now you might be thinking, what is reverse mentoring and when might it be important. Chances are you are probably familiar with mentoring. In essence it’s where you work with someone who has achieved what you want to achieve. You utilise […]

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Where Are You Heading In Your Accounting Career?

If you have invested the time and effort to get your professional accounting qualification, you have potential, without doubt. Equally, I’ve noticed that many smart accountants, who sail through their exams, sometimes don’t always go on to achieve their potential. Now let’s not pretend there is some magic trick that is going to help you be successful […]

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Do These 3 Things To Give Yourself The Edge In Job Interviews

Three things that will give you the edge in job interviews. Number one, do your research on the company and the sector. Number two, go through the job description and person specification forensically and identify potential questions. Number three, practice answering questions out loud, including doing a mock interview with someone who can help you to come up […]

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Does A Covering Letter Matter When You Apply For A Job?

Job applications, does your covering letter matter? The short answer is yes, and let me explain why. If you go that extra step and do a covering letter it immediately sets you apart from the majority of candidates who won’t bother. Secondly, it puts you in a position whereby if you’ve written a really good covering letter, the […]

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How To Present Achievements On Your CV

Presenting your achievements on your CV. Here’s one way to make your achievements stand out. And that’s to make sure that when you write them, you keep them short and you really focus on the business benefit of the achievement. Now, if you can put hard numbers in terms of money saved or time saved, that’s great.  But […]

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The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Be A Better Business Partner

What’s the number one thing you can do to be a better finance business partner? From my perspective and from talking to literally hundreds of people in workshops, the one thing that’s going to make the biggest difference to you being a more effective business partner is to spend more time out in the business. Understanding the […]

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Being A Better Business Partner

Business partnering in finance and other functional areas like IT, procurement and HR is becoming more and more common. This is in part being driven by advances in technology. But also by functional professionals themselves wanting more rewarding work. And let’s not forget the changing demands of business itself. Of course being a business partner is a whole lot […]

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Add This To Make Your CV Stand Out

Hi it’s Duncan Brodie here from Goals and Achievements. In this short video, I want to talk about the number one thing that I see that’s missing from the vast majority of CVs that I look up from accountants and professional people. And that is a lack of achievements. Now many people spend a lot of time listing […]

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