You’ve decided that the time is right you to take the next step in your career.
Making that decision is a positive first step.
Thing is many people make the decision that the time is right for their next career step but then seem to take for ever to get started.
Now let’s not pretend that you can magic up vacancies or opportunities or even influence when an employer actually puts a job out there.
On the other hand there’s a lot you can do to fast track the process of landing your next job.
Know what you want
Ask many people what they want and chances are they will say more money.
I’m sure we have all been at the stage in our career when we were on a low salary and earning more really did matter.
Trouble is a decision on financial grounds alone is never usually a good long term one.
A much better approach is to spend time really figuring out answers to questions like the type of role you want to be doing, the type of organisation you want to work for, the kind of people you want to work with and the experience and skills you want to build.
Know what you have to offer
Having worked with many clients and interviewed hundreds of people for jobs I’ve noticed that many struggle to clearly articulate what they have to offer and employer.
The reason for this is not that people have nothing to offer.
Quite simply most have never taken the time to figure out and clearly identify what they have to offer a potential employer.
Without this you are never going to do as good a job as you could.
Know how to market you
Now you may say to yourself that you’re an accountant and not a marketing expert.
That might well be the case.
Yet if you are going to have any chance of landing your next job, you have to be able to market yourself effectively.
Most think it’s just a case of throwing together a CV, uploading it to job sites and using it to apply for roles.
In reality your CV is really just a small part of your marketing activity.
Know how to sell you
At the end of the day an interview is really similar to a sales conversation.
The employer has a need for someone to perform a specific role.
You see yourself as someone who could fill that role.
Your job is to sell yourself to employer.
The person who does that the best will without doubt be the person who gets the job.
Not the person who necessarily has the best experience and qualifications.
So how do you rate yourself against these 4 key areas on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is poor and 10 is outstanding?
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 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.