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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Two Top Tips For Being Successful In Online Job Interviews

Hi, it’s Duncan Brodie here from Goals and Achievements. I want to talk very briefly about remote job interviews and what you need to do to overcome the struggles with remote job interviews. The first thing I would say to you is, accept the way it is right now. Job interviews remotely are the future for the foreseeable […]

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The #1 Reason Why Job Interviews Are A Struggle

Why are job interviews such a struggle for many accountants and professional people. I think one of the reasons is that people don’t identify enough potential questions and then write out answers to those questions ahead of a job interview. And as a result, what happens is they really struggle on the day and get rejected. When I […]

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