Category Archives for Career

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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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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You Have To Look and See Beyond The Numbers If You Are Going To Build A Successful Accounting Career

You are a qualified accountant.  You are ambitious.  You have a huge amount of potential. Of course there’s a huge difference between being ambitious and having potential and actually realising your potential. What’s clear from my expert interview with Susan Ni Chriodain is that finance professionals who want to be successful in their careers, need to see […]

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The Secrets To Being Successful As A Finance Manager

The role of the finance manager can mean different things to different people. Some might be quite junior.  Others could be fairly senior.  Some might be in the middle. I recently interviewed Robin Kiziak. Robin’s worked as Finance Manager for over 15 years in complex organisations. He shares his insights on what it takes to be a successful finance […]

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What I’ve Learned So Far In My 40 Year Career

30 June 1980  I started my career in accounting as a Payments Clerk. With a 5 O Levels I wasn’t exactly starting from strong foundations to build an accounting career . I was however really fortunate to have a boss who saw my potential. One day he dropped a copy of the local college prospectus on my desk. I […]

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Success In Remote Job Interviews – What You Can Learn From Television

If you are looking for a new job right now it’s highly likely that the job interview process will be done remotely. For many accountants and professionals this is very unfamiliar territory. So how might you have more confidence and success by learning from television? That’s one of many questions I asked Media coach and expert Alan Stevens. With […]

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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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