Where You Need To Focus If You Want To Get To A Senior Level In Your Career

I work with accountants and professionals. One thing I know about this group is that many of them are ambitious. They work hard to get their qualifications. They work hard for their organisations. They hope that this will lead to promotions and reaching a senior level in their profession. There is a problem however. The further you move up the career […]

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How To Make A Great Start and Thrive In Your New Accounting Job

Landing your next accounting job is tough. There’s a lot of competition. You will have had to put in a lot of personal effort to get the job. The good news comes that you have got the job. Of course you want to take a moment to enjoy the positive outcome. You know however that this is just the start […]

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What Helps and What Hinders Your Ability To Influence As A Finance Business Partner

The role of the Finance Business Partner is sometimes misunderstood. I’ve seen job descriptions where finance business partnering is spoken about a lot. But in reality the role is nowhere close to being that of a Finance Business Partner. For me a true Finance Business Partner is someone who is in many respects like the Finance Director for […]

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What You Need To Focus On If Looking To Change Sector At A Senior Level in Finance

I had an enquiry come in from someone looking to move into an FD role in the NHS. Their past experience was in another sector. Working with clients over the last 15 years, one thing I’ve learned is this. Changing sectors can be really challenging at any level. You might be wondering why. It’s actually pretty simple. Those making the hiring […]

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Use Examples To Stand Out In Job Interviews

When I started out in my accounting career over 40 years ago, job interviews were different. Back then you were more than likely to be asked questions where you had to explain how you would handle a situation. These questions weren’t bad questions. The trouble with them was that they weren’t great at separating the candidates that had […]

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Look Beyond The Job Title When Searching For Your Next Accounting Job

You are looking for your next accounting job. Chances are you will have given some thought to what you are looking for. Or at least I hope that you have. When thinking about your next role, you will be thinking about salary. You may have an expectation about the specific salary or the salary range. Perhaps you have considered job […]

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Think Effective Rather Than Perfect

Effective is a word that I use a lot when thinking about courses, webinars or workshops. To some it might seem like quite a passive word. For me it fits well with the accountants ad professionals that I work with, particularly in the non technical skills areas or job search. Being an effective from my perspective is about […]

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Don’t Focus Here If You Want To Build A Successful Accounting Career

Those who get a professional accounting qualification clearly have a lot of potential. Even though there are far more qualified accountants here in the UK than when I started out in my career, the number with professional qualifications is still comparatively small in percentage terms. There is one big danger that you need to be alert to […]

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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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