If you’re looking for a job as an accountant you’ll need to think creatively.
Whether you’ve been made redundant, furloughed, looking for a new challenge or just graduated – it may seem as if finding your dream job at the moment is just that, a dream.
Hours trawling the internet, sending off your CV and constantly checking your mail for a glimmer of hope has taken its toll. You feel demoralised, discouraged and plain desperate.
It’s no joke. 2020 has been a stinker. But we’ve got just what you need to help dust yourself down, shake yourself off and get back in the game!
Tips for jobseekers: Get your mojo back, think creatively and land the job.
1. A stinker it may well have been, but 2020 is emerging stronger than ever. When compared to past recessions, many experts predict a swift recovery. The BBC reported that that the UK economy has picked up since restrictions have lifted and the Bank of England say that “the downturn is less severe than feared”. There’s also been a major public sector recruitment drive and worldwide, accounting and finance professionals are recognised as integral to the smooth running of all businesses.
Things are on the up, and it’s time to get your mojo back. But how?
Hiring managers are looking for serious, dedicated job seekers. But as well as being all over social media, researching employers and networking like your life depends on it – there is so much more you have up your sleeve. And it may not be the obvious.
Serious job seekers should also look to less ‘serious’ activities such as creative hobbies – cooking and writing, journaling and brainstorming, volunteering, mentoring and most importantly – taking time off from the job search to relax!
Employers will sense any kind of desperation and job search fatigue a mile off – in emails, phones calls and social media. It’s just as important to have some ‘me time’ and take care of your mental health as it is to add to your CV.
If you’ve not been stretching your creative muscles lately, you’re bound to feel down in the dumps. But please don’t beat yourself up. Accept the situation as a temporary setback. Now is the time to try something new, push your boundaries and get the juices flowing again.
Try it. Your energy will lift, your confidence will soar and your mojo will back before you know it.
2. The recruitment process has changed, maybe forever. The talent pool is getting bigger and you need to try harder than ever to land that job. But the positive news is that employers now understand that it takes much more than an extensive list of qualifications and a flashy business card to be the best person for the job.
2020 proved that we need creative, innovative and dynamic people in our teams. People who can roll their sleeves up, present fresh ideas and roll with the punches. Determined personalities, creatives and big thinkers.
Show your potential employer that you are all of the above with a creative job search. Here are some ideas:
- Add some personality to your CV by turning your accomplishments into short, snappy stories. Make yourself human, likeable and endearing.
- Create a web page with a one minute video all about you, and an interactive timeline about your career so far.
- If you know someone with your dream job, you should make them a major part of your job searching strategy. Ask them questions, get advice, ask for contact names and be their plus one at every networking event.
- Create your personal brand – pick three words you want others to associate with you. Then create an authentic and consistent presence based around those three words. If you feel you aren’t quite living up to your own brand – look for ways to improve.
3. Make best friends with a niche recruitment company. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably found Public Practice Recruitment Ltd through a friend, colleague, social media or Google search for ‘Accountancy jobs’.
We are a specialist recruiter matching accountancy firms with the top talent in the market. That means we have an incredible market knowledge, great relationships with the top firms and we can offer you opinions, advice and the latest developments within the profession.
Or call Garry to discuss your job wish list on 03335 777 787