Accountants and Professionals: Get The One to One Support, Strategies, Steps and Resources To Successfully Land Your Next Job

You are an accountant or professional. You have got the qualifications you need to climb the career ladder. You work hard. You are committed. You do good work.

But you are really struggling to successfully land your next job and earn what you are worth.

Sadly this is more common than you might think.

How many of the following resonate with you:

  • You spend a lot of time and effort applying for jobs and rarely get a response to your application.
  • You are overwhelmed with opportunities and struggle to know which to apply for.
  • You lack clarity about what you have to offer your next employer.
  • You understate what you have to offer an employer in your CV and other marketing materials.
  • You are being underpaid or undervalued in your current role.
  • You approach recruiters, get positive words of encouragement and never hear from them again.
  • You struggle to get past the initial applicant screening process when you apply for roles.
  • You get job interviews but get rejected.
  • You allow nerves or a lack of self confidence to take over in job interviews.

Truth is landing your next job is a lot tougher than you might imagine.

The good news is that with specific targeted support you really can move from struggle to success.

Would you like to be in a position where:

  • You have absolute clarity about what you want from your next job.
  • You were able to rapidly assess what opportunities were right for you.
  • You were crystal clear about what you had to offer your next employer.
  • You could create a highly targeted CV that demonstrates why you are the ideal person for the role.
  • You knew how to prepare a covering letter that helps you stand out from other candidates.
  • You could utilise platforms like LinkedIn to help you in finding your next role.
  • You utilised every available channel to land your next role.
  • You were properly prepared for every job interview.
  • You went into every job interview with confidence.
  • You performed well in every job interview.
  • You got the offers for the job you wanted, at the salary you wanted, in the type of organisation you want to work in.

If you answered yes to all or most of the above, the Landing Your Next Job Private Coaching Programme is for you.

How it Works

The programme is split into 3 main phases:

  1. Discovery
  2. Marketing
  3. Selling

Discovery Phase

This phase focuses on the foundational work that most don’t do or do poorly.


By the end of the discovery phase you will:

  • Have absolute clarity about what you really want from your next role.
  • Be crystal clear about your experience, knowledge, top skills, strengths and attributes.
  • Have identified and know how to present your key career achievements with impact.
  • Have supporting evidence for each of your key career achievements, best skills and attributes.
  • Be clear about the sacrifices you will and won’t make.

I’ll provide you with the documents and assessments to achieve all of the above effectively and efficiently.

We will also meet by phone or online meeting to review and improve what you have done.

Marketing Phase

The goal of this phase is to create the marketing materials that get you through the shortlisting and invited to a job interview.

By the end of the marketing phase you will have:

  • A ‘One Pager’ that you can provide to recruiters to help them market you more effectively.
  • The ‘know how’ to effectively review job adverts, job descriptions and person specifications and pick out the most important requirements.
  • A CV that markets you effectively for roles and can be tailored quickly.
  • An outline covering letter or email that you can tailor for each role.
  • An improved LinkedIn profile to increase your chances of being found by recruiters and employers.
  • A better job search strategy that utilises the best channels for you.

I’ll provide you with an outline CV format that has worked well for clients along with a supporting guide.  A framework for creating your one pager and creating or revising your LinkedIn profile.


We will meet by phone or online meeting.  I’ll also review and suggest revisions to the CV and other marketing materials as you create them.

Selling Phase

The goal of this phase is to help you to increase the chances of you converting job interviews into job offers.


By the end of the selling phase you will:

  • Be able to identify potential interview questions.
  • Know how to structure answers to different questions.
  • Be better prepared for job interviews.
  • Have completed several mock interviews where we will run through questions and get specific guidance on improving your answers.
  • Have recordings of your mock interviews for you to listen back to and identify areas where you can improve.
  • Go into every job interview with confidence.

I’ll provide you with guides, question banks of the most common interview questions and lists of potential questions for specific roles you are being interviewed. You will also have mock interviews with me.

Who This Programme Is For

This programme is for accountants and professionals who are looking to land their next job within the same professional field and work in public, private or not for profit organisations.

Those who get results from the programme:

  • Are based in the UK.
  • Have a clear goal or outcome they want to achieve.
  • Don’t expect instant results.
  • Are ready and willing to commit the time to do the work between sessions.
  • Are willing to follow a tried and tested process.
  • Are conscientious.
  • See that they are investing in a programme and process that they can use on their own in the future.

Who Is This Programme Not For

This programme isn’t for everyone. This is not for:

  • Accountants working in practice with an accounting firm.
  • Individuals seeking support to make a career change.
  • Those who are not accountants or functional professionals.
  • Graduates or those seeking their first job.
  • Those looking for a quick fix.
  • Those who are not willing to do the work and/or follow process.
  • Those based outside of the UK.

How Long Does The Programme Last?

It very much depends on you and your situation.  I’ve had clients who have gone through the programme in 6 weeks.

I’ve also had clients who have taken 6-12 months to land their next job, particularly those at a more senior level.

On average people work with me for 3-6 months.

The important thing to note is that you are investing in achieving a result not a number of hours, days or months.  In this case landing your next job.

For that reason I commit to working with clients until they get the result they want.  However long it takes.

Why This Programme and Why Work With Me?

You have plenty of choices when it comes to working with someone to land your next job.

So why this programme and why work with me?

  • It’s tried and tested and works (see a selection of testimonials below).
  • I specialise in working with accountants and professionals.
  • I’ve been involved in recruiting and selecting staff since 1993.
  • I’ve been helping accountants and professionals land their next job since 2006.
  • I’m accountant by background and spent 25 years in accounting roles.
  • You invest in getting the result you want not in a certain number of hours.
  • Once you have completed the programme you have a complete process that you can use over and over again on your own when making your next job move.

But don’t take my word for it.  Below are a selection of testimonials from past clients.

I chose to work with Duncan after attending a local CIMA event where he was speaking.   He delivered practical and realistic advice and I felt his experience and understanding of financial roles were what I needed, having been out of the job market for almost 15 years.Duncan offers a terrific level of support, with one to one sessions supplemented by constant email access.  Not only does he proactively keep in touch but he is also highly responsive, turning requests for help around in a quick timeframe.  

Duncan’s suggestions and guidance on how to target my job search led me to explore and ultimately find success in a sector that I had not previously considered.  His pragmatic and thorough approach helped me:

  • identify what I was actually looking for
  • articulate my career achievements and transferable skills and
  • create a succinct and relevant CV and Linkedin profile

What really made the difference for me, however, was the bank of potential interview questions and mock interview which enhanced my preparation no end and allowed me to go into actual interviews with a level of confidence which I would otherwise not have had.

I would recommend him unreservedly.


Catherine 
Finance Manager

I found Duncan to be a mentor for lifetime rather than the source of help finance professionals could get to land their next job. Duncan frequently features in CIMA magazines and I started following his blog @https://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk/blog/

This then led me to get in touch with him to coach myself to take my career to the next level up. That was one of the best decisions I made and it's a lifetime investment. His approach is very professional yet customised to your skills set and the need. I highly recommend Duncan to any one who'd seek to upgrade their career.

Nuwan
Financial Controller

Working with Duncan has helped me tremendously: I've learnt to perform much better in job interviews, I've secured a great job in a great company, but more importantly Duncan has helped me to take my personal and professional development to the next level, and this will stay with me for the rest of my working life

Antonio
Financial Controller

The service and level of care Duncan showed from the start of my job searching process through to me finding the perfect job were amazing. He helped me improve both my CV and LinkedIn page by making them more concise and highlighting key aspects that I hadn't thought of. We built a 1 page summary of the key areas that were important for me in my next role which was hugely helpful when looking at prospective job specifications. My previous job search had been incredibly passive and I was simply waiting for the perfect job; with Duncan's help I was far more confident in my skill set and what I could offer my future employer. His Interview guidance was incredibly helpful and we spent many hours running through potential questions. He recorded these sessions and I learnt a huge deal on how to present myself better from listening to these extracts multiple times.

I would recommend Duncan to anyone who is unsure about their next role as he is brilliant at honing in to your key skills and matching them to your next move. Julien, Financial Controller


​Julien
Financial Controller

Ready To Take Next Steps?

If you think this programme could be right for you, I invite you to express an interest in a no cost no obligation consultation with me.  During your consultation we will review your situation, goals and challenges.

If after our discussion we both believe that there would be value in working together going forward we will discuss the options and investment required.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the initial consultation really free?

Yes.  This is an investment decision for you.  It’s important for you to be sure that you could work with me.  Equally I need to be sure that I can work with you and the programme is right for you.

Do I need to do the whole programme or can I work with you on certain areas related to landing my next job?

You don’t need to do the whole programme if you believe you only need support in certain areas.  We can discuss this during you no obligation consultation.

How much is the programme?

I don’t publish the price on the page.  The reason is that until we have done the initial consultation, I don’t know what you need.  We both also need to be sure that we could work well together.

It’s an investment but one that past clients have got a payback from on in a relatively short period of time.

I’m not sure I’m ready for private one to one support yet.  Do you have alternatives?

I have an online course The Steps To Landing Your Next Job that you can learn more about at goalsandachievements.com/12-steps-to-landing-your-new-job/

Does the programme come with a money back guarantee?

The short answer is no.  The reason is that there are external factors that neither of us can control like the availability of roles, the preferences of hiring managers and candidates who are deemed a better fit.

What I can guarantee is that I will support you until you get the result you want, however long it takes.

What level of people have taken the programme in the past?

I’ve worked at people at all levels, from Accounting Technicians, to part qualified accountants, Finance Managers, Financial Controllers and Finance Directors.

Are payment plans an option?

Yes and I agree them on a client by client basis.

What’s your success rate with past clients?

80-90%.  Those who are successful do the work, take and act on the advice they get and stay focused even when it is tough.

The small percentage who don’t get the result they want say they are willing to do the work, don’t follow through on commitments and give up.