Are you an early career accountant eager to steer your career in a new direction? Whether you're just starting or have a few years under your belt, in this guide, we'll walk you through the intricacies of changing roles in accounting, making your journey smoother and more successful.
For many accountants, the career journey begins with applications for graduate or training contracts. Depending on your chosen route, this could involve anything from a single-round interview and competency tests to a complex process, including lengthy applications, social events, and multiple interviews. It's a world apart from what awaits you once you're qualified.
Once you've earned your qualifications, job hunting takes a different turn. Companies and practices are no longer seeking candidates for multiple service lines; they're looking for that one perfect individual, whether it's to replace someone or due to team expansion. This often means competing against dozens, if not hundreds, of applicants for a single role. Don't be discouraged; there are ways to tilt the odds in your favor.
So, how can you increase your chances of landing the ideal role in the competitive world of accounting? It all starts with a plan:
Network: Start by reaching out to friends working in companies you admire. Educate yourself about their experiences and the industry.
Leverage Personal Connections: Don't underestimate the power of connections through family and friends. Seek advice and introductions from relatives who may have valuable insights or connections in the field.
Revamp Your CV: Your CV is your first impression. Make it count by ensuring it showcases your skills and experiences effectively. Our team offer complimentary one-to-one CV Clinics each Friday, book your space now to get personalised recommendations.
Apply Wisely: Be realistic about the roles you apply for, aligning them with your current skill set and experience.
If you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure about your career path, the team at Fortis is here to help. We can assist you with all the steps above, from crafting a comprehensive plan to ensuring you stay on track.
While you may not have all the answers about your future career, we'll provide the guidance you need to kickstart your journey, and we'll equip you with valuable tips to navigate your accounting career successfully.