Are You A/B Testing Your CV?

You know as a candidate your CV has one objective.  To get you invited to the job interview. Sounds really simple in theory.  In practice it’s a whole lot tougher. Creating a good CV is difficult.  There’s plenty of advice out there.  Yet for some accountants and professionals it can be a struggle. I’ve reviewed a lot of […]

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Take The Time To Craft A Good Covering Letter or Note

40 years ago when I started out in my accounting career, the job application process was very different. Newspapers were the primary source of job adverts.  Some may have used professional journals. Back then using recruitment consultants wasn’t that common. Fast forward to current times (2020). The internet has made advertising a job easy.  There are numerous job boards.  […]

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Finding Your Unique Selling Points

You see an accounting or other professional role advertised. You apply and are called for interview.  So far so good. Deep down you know the following:You have a lot to offer.The competition will be strong.You can all do the job to a technically competent level.Armed with this you know that you are going to have to stand […]

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How To Make Your Job Search More Effective and Less Exhausting

Looking for a new job at the best of times is hard work and requires a lot of personal commitment. Right now it may seem like an even bigger struggle for several reasons:Impact of COVID-19.  Many have lost their jobs.  Not just those at lower levels but accountants and professionals too.  Add to this the uncertainty […]

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The 4 Key Realities of Landing Your Next Job

You’re ready to land your next job and maybe take that next step in your career. Positive decision.  Now all you need to do is start applying and chances are everything will fall into place. If this was ever reality it certainly isn’t in the COVID-19 era. There are certain realities you neeed to understand. I share 4 of […]

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How To Be More Successful When Searching For Your Next Job

One thing that’s very different to when I started out in my career to now is just how easy it is to find jobs to apply for.In some respects one would think that it follows that finding your next job will be easier. The reality is very different. I suspect that the recent and ongoing impact of […]

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Don’t Rely On A One Channel Approach To Job Search

Searching for a new job is never easy at the best of times. In the current COVID-19 situation the challenge has in my view got even bigger. I was presenting on a webinar for accountants fairly recently. At the start of the webinar I ran a poll. It was a straight forward yes or no poll. The question was whether […]

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Working Effectively Across The Business As A Business Partner

Business partnering is common now for many accountants and other functional professionals. A key element in your success is the ability to working with others across the wider organisation. Conceptually many understand this. But how do you do this in practice. I offer some quick tips in the video above. Looking to be a better business partner?  Sign up below […]

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How To Build Better Relationships As A Business Partner

More and more functional professions like accounting, IT, procurement, marketing and HR are moving to more business partnering. Some of this is driven by technology.  Some down to changing expectations.  Some down to professionals wanting to play a bigger role in the business. One thing I’ve noticed over the course of my career is just how important […]

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3 Practical Ways To Be A Better Business Partner

The role of accountants and other functional professionals in organisations is changing. Partly driven by technology.  Partly driven by individuals who want to make a bigger contribution.  Partly driven by organisations being more willing to get the best from every function. At the same time there are challenges. Functional professionals tend to be great at the technical or […]

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