Looking for a new finance role but finding it to be a whole new world?

Finding a job isn’t the same as it used to be. If you’ve been in a role for a few years and are starting to look for a role now, you might find it to be quite a different experience. The normal tricks of looking up a few roles online, sending through your CV to a couple of recruiters…might not get you the same results as they did before. Don’t panic, you just need to adjust your approach.

What you need to know

People are more accessible than they ever have been before. Everyone (who’s anyone) is on LinkedIn, and with a few deft mouse clicks and keyboard strokes, a recruiter can pull up a list of people to contact who match the role they’re recruiting for. Doesn’t mean they’re all going to be interested, or right, for the job, but it does mean for recruiters that having to rely on applications from interested parties is long gone. It even means that applications themselves really take a back seat in your typical recruiter’s process – which means if you rely only on online job seeking, you’re going to find lower success rates than ever before.

Get yourself online – properly

Obviously, from the above, you can see that having an up-to-date LinkedIn profile is key. And I’m not just talking about job titles – you need to dig deeper than this and prioritise this like you would the creation of a CV. If you’re not on LinkedIn, or don’t make an impression, you won’t be on any recruiter’s radar. Click here to find out some top tips on creating a killer LinkedIn profile.

Get yourself out there

You need to develop a profile – and that involves picking up the phone, and getting in front of people. Firstly, recruiters; and secondly, your immediate and extended network. Reigniting those relationships that you may have had over the years is important, but so is creating new ones. Recruitment is a rapidly evolving industry, and you’ll find there are new, excellent recruiters in the field that you need to build a connection with. Likewise, word-of-mouth, is an increasingly common way of uncovering opportunities not advertised, or even better, prior to being advertised, online. And the only way you’ll tap into these opportunities is by talking to people. Ex-colleagues, old bosses, maybe even ex-suppliers or contacts from any accounting/advisory firms you’ve worked with. Don’t close the door on any conversation!

Get clear on what you want

Above all, be clear about what you’re looking for. If you’re not really sure about looking for a new role, or you’re not sure about the direction, push pause until you’ve worked this out. Nothing is likely to more endanger the relationship you have with a potential employer or recruiter than someone who changes their mind or is non-committal. Turning a role down because it is not right for you is one thing, but if it’s just because you’re not sure of direction, of have decided not to move on from your current employer, this may not help you in the long term – as when you are ready, you may not be taken as seriously. That doesn’t mean you can’t talk to a recruiter for advice – most will be extremely happy to talk this through with you – but be transparent, share any concerns you have openly, and don’t commit to paths that don’t interest you.

Good luck!


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