How Long Does It Typically Take To Find A New Job In Accounting?

You are ready to take the next step in your accounting career.  When I’m approached by accountants looking for support to land their next job, one of the most common questions I’m asked is this one

How long does the process typically take?

It’s a great question.  Of course people are often surprised when I share what clients find is a typical time frame for landing their next job.

The reason they are often surprised is that they fail to fully appreciate what finding a new job entails:

  • Getting clear about what you want
  • Getting clear about what you have to offer
  • Creating marketing materials that get you the interview invite
  • Effectively selling yourself in job interviews and getting the job offer
  • And a whole lot more…

A small number of clients can give their full attention to finding their next job.  They are the exception.

Most are trying to do all of the hard work around a busy day job, with deadlines to meet.  Some have family commitments too.

I have had a small number of clients who go through the process in about 1-2 months.  They are the exception.

Most take 3-4 months.  In truth the more senior they are the longer it takes.  Opportunities come up less frequently.  When they do there’s greater competition.

So here’s my top tip.  If you are thinking about securing your next job in accounting at the next level, start working on it months ahead of when you want to move.

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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