What Makes You Different From Every Other Accountant?

You apply for an accounting job that you know you could do really well. You get invited to the job interview. It’s all going really well. Then you get asked what makes you different from every other accountant? For the well prepared candidate this shouldn’t be a difficult question to answer. On the other hand it’s easy to1Panic2Blurt something out3Say […]

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How Clear Are You About What You Want From Your Next Job?

You have reached the stage where you can almost do your job in auto pilot. Now it’s just a case of applying, interviews and getting offered the job. In the early stages of your career this may have proven successful. What I’ve noticed over the last 40 years of my career is that what works in the early […]

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7 Steps To Get Ahead of The Game With Job Search

I was recently interviewed by Andi Lonnen of The Finance Training Academy and The Finance Business Partner Academy. The focus of the interview was to share 7 practical steps accountants and professionals can can to start or restart their job search in these challenging COVID-19 times and beyond. We get straight into the tips.  The interview has […]

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10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Starting To Look For Your Next Accounting Job

Starting the process of looking for a new job in accounting is a major project. It takes time, energy and effort.  There will be times when it feels like it’s going really well. There will also be times when it feels like you will be working hard but making little progress. Of course you know that if you […]

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How To Give Feedback To Unsuccessful Job Interview Candidates

I’ve noticed a worrying trend.  Candidates are invited to a job interview.  Obviously there are going to be candidates who are unsuccessful. The worrying trend I’m noticing is the reluctance of some employers to provide feedback to those that are unsuccessful. Now I know that time is short and there’s a concern about potential litigation.  On the […]

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Post Job Interview Feedback – Should You Offer It or Not?

You have just completed a round of job interviews for a role you are looking to fill.  In this situation there are going to candidates who get the good news that they have been successful.  The other 3 or 4 get the standard you have been unsuccessful message. This raises an interesting question.  Should you offer […]

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Adding More Value as an Accountant by Better Understanding the Business

There’s a huge amount of focus these days on the changing role of accountants in organisations.  Specifically the move towards more of a finance business partnering type role. Whenever I’m running finance business partnering workshops, one of the most common things delegates raise as an action after the workshop is to spend more time learning more […]

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Tell People How It Really Is When Leading in Finance

You’re a leader in finance.  Your organisation is struggling to meet sales targets and as a result is making a loss. As a leader in finance you know that this is sooner or later going to result in some cash challenges. In these situations it might be tempting to just muddle along.  The problem with this is […]

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A Team in Name Only

Most people understand, at least conceptually that if a team is effective, better results are achieved. Of course there is often a big gap between what people understand conceptually and do in practice. Let’s look at leadership teams.  Every member of that team has to work in the interests of the wider organisation.  At the same they […]

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Finding The Right Balance When Making Change

In a workshop with a group of NHS Finance professionals, we were focusing on leading and managing change successfully. What most appreciate that delivering sustainable change is a huge challenge.  Especially in big NHS organisations.  In these organisations you have a huge range of professions.  Each profession has its own agenda and priorities. Despite all of these […]

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