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Unprecedented Change

With the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) now in full swing, many corporate departments are short on time and resources to meet the new challenges of compliance. As a result, financial professionals across the board are in high demand, including accountants, finance managers, controllers, auditors and others. Many corporate departments are also reorganizing for the long-term, creating career opportunities in abundance.

Finance and accounting skills in demand

As a result of the high demand for talent, many financial professionals are even pursuing a full-time career as a contract professional ― building their resume and earnings potential faster than a traditional career track may allow. Whether an alternative or traditional career path better suits you, now is the ideal time to evaluate your career, know your worth, and partner with a recruiter that can help you capitalize on the wealth of opportunities out there.

Benefits of professional recruitment service

Professional recruitment services offer job seekers the following advantages:

  • Established firms have deep ties to the local community and a volume of contacts that few individual professionals can replicate.
  • Recruiters are able to provide you with information on competitive pay and compensation packages, and even assist in salary negotiations with a potential employer.
  • Many employers rely on their recruitment firm to fill their open positions rather than managing the recruiting process themselves. So pursuing the company directly creates little traction.
  • Recruitment companies know of job openings that are not advertised or posted any where else.
  • Reputable firms never charge a fee to the job-seeker.

Preparing for your job search

Whether you decide to go it alone or work with a recruitment firm, here are some tips for getting prepared for your job search:

  1. Identify your next ideal job description

    Finance is a broad field that encompasses many areas of specialization: Controller, Audit Specialist, Financial Analyst, Risk Manager, Tax Manager, Compliance Officer, etc. Think about the direction you want to take your career and tailor your resume and job search to match your goal.

  2. Update your resume

    You might not think your resume needs updating, but that may not be true even if you haven’t changes companies since your last update. Remember that your current and past resume entries may need to be modified to focus on the type of position you want to land in the future.

  3. Take stock of your professional worth

    Make note of your entire compensation package ― not just salary, but also other benefit packages, bonuses and perks that can equate with monetary value.

  4. Fill-in skill gaps

    Think about any specific skills or knowledge you might need in the type of position you seek. Fill-in as many gaps as possible, by volunteering for a special department, helping out a coworker that works in an area you’re lacking, or getting any necessary certifications, such as Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or Professional Bookkeeper (PB).

Once you’ve taken care of these details, it’s time to go and find your dream job.