Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Job-Hunt Tips

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Job-Hunt Tips

Article excerpt

1| Look for opportunities. Take on new assignments to broaden your skills. Put out feelers to see whether you're marketable outside your company On an interview, don't passively expect to be told where you'll fit in. Create a job for yourself.

2| Become a skilled job hunter Successful job seekers know what they want, understand the swings in the market and know how to present themselves.

3| Develop new skills. If you lack experience, get some. While you are searching, take a course and learn something new. Join an association in an area related to your new skill. Volunteer so you can add practical experience to your resume.

4| Target what you want. Select certain geographic areas, specific industries and sizes of organizations (large or small). Then find contacts in companies that meet your criteria.

5| Expand your job-hunting targets. Think of other geographic regions for your job search. If you're looking only at large firms, consider smaller and midsize ones. Or if you're looking only at large public companies, consider privately owned ones or not-for-profits as well.

6| See people two levels higher than yourself. Initially, do some research and contact people on your level to find out about an area of accounting and see how well your skills match up. …

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