How Clear Are You About What You Want From Your Next Job?

You have reached the stage where you can almost do your job in auto pilot.

Now it’s just a case of applying, interviews and getting offered the job.

In the early stages of your career this may have proven successful.

What I’ve noticed over the last 40 years of my career is that what works in the early on in your career may well be a lot less effective as you progress in your career.

You might be wondering why?

There are 4 reasons


More availability of roles

 In the early stages of your career there is an abundance of opportunities.  

Especially when you are just qualified as an accountant or in your professional field.



Candidate demand outstrips supply

 I know when I use to interview in organisations it was much harder to find the right person for a role when people are in the early stages of their career.  

Candidates were often chasing several roles.  

They would often just not turn up

Earning more carries a lot more importance

When I started out in my career I was earning £30 a week. 

Increasing my salary carried a lot more importance than it did when I was paid a lot more.

Employers are looking more for technical competence

At more junior levels it’s first and foremost about assessing technical capabilities in many cases.

As you progress in your career it becomes more important to be clear about what you want from your next job because.

There will be fewer roles

This is reality especially as you progress to more senior levels.

Employers are much more selective

They often want people with very specific experience.

You as the candidate need to be much more targeted

I’ve worked with clients who were applying for a lot of roles before they started working with me.

Sad thing was that despite all of their efforts they were rarely getting interviews.

When they started to be much more selective and targeted their application to interview ratio improved dramatically.

More money is rarely the answer

A bit more money is always nice.  Increasingly what I notice among the more experienced clients I work with is that they are looking for more than more money.

Challenge, freedom, a great organisation, a great boss and the chance to really make a difference are just some of the things they say that they really want from their next job.

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About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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