Starting the search for a first job out of college or a new job after you’ve been with a company for a while can be equally intimidating processes. Conducting a thorough employment search requires a great deal of creativity and persistence, especially in today’s market. When it comes to locating and applying for finance and accounting jobs, there is no “one-size-fits-all” way to get your dream job, but there are several moves you should adopt and even more tactics of which you should steer clear.
Because many job seekers may not know exactly where to begin the process of locating new employment, we have listed out several “do’s” and “don’ts” to make the task of finding a new position easier to navigate.
DON’T limit your job search to your dream job
You might want to be an investment banker one day, and you should seek out positions that will allow you to enter that field. But you also must understand that it may take years of hard work, training and potentially more education before you get to that point in your career. Narrowing your job search to one position may force you to miss out on other career-building opportunities. Instead, apply for jobs that may help expose you to the industry, network with industry leaders and afford you more professional experience.
DO seek out jobs that fall within your level of experience
Applying for positions that require 10 years of experience when you only have 3 – 5 years can be a waste of time, both for you and the hiring manager. For all the hard work it takes to write a tailored cover letter and format your resume perfectly, the last thing you want is for a human resources executive to quickly scan your experience and then toss your application aside. But this is likely what will happen before managers even read your cover letter if you are under-qualified for the job.
DON’T rely solely on Google, Yahoo or newspaper ads to find open positions
When you don’t know where to begin seeking out open employment listings, it’s natural to scope out industry jobs on the web or start circling positions in the job classifieds section of your newspaper. However, the prospects can seem bleak when you limit your search to these methods. Many companies only post jobs directly to their website or work through a career placement agency. In other cases, they may ask you to email them directly about open job opportunities. Expanding your search to these methods may help you map out more open positions than you originally found.
DO use your networking skills to find opportunities
Being open about your job search with friends and family, relying on social media to seek out positions and using career placement services to establish relationships with prospective employers are all important parts of building a strong network and increasing your chances of getting hired. Don’t be shy about taking up a friend’s offer to put you in touch with someone who can help or avoid attending networking events. These may just give you more job leads or at the very least, provide more insight into what you’re looking for and the steps you must take to accomplish your goal.
DON’T draft a single resume and cover letter
Writing a tailored cover letter and resume for each position may seem tedious, but it’s crucial in getting noticed and winning an interview. Different companies seek out different skill sets, and your experience and education may fall in line with each of them. Highlighting the talents that are most relevant to the company’s needs can give you a competitive advantage.
DO have a professional review your resume
You may think you have written a winning resume or cover letter – and you’ve surely read over it a hundred times. However, a fresh pair of eyes can alert you to errors and other problems that may get you disqualified from a job. So before sending in an application, always enlist a friend, family member or professional to check over your work.