New year, new you. Now that 2017 has come to a close, you’re likely thinking ahead to your future. This could mean you’re considering where you want to be in your finance career and what you want to accomplish in the next 12 months and beyond.
If you’re no longer happy in your current role or you want to take the steps required to advance in your career, now is as good a time as any to start searching for new employment.
Before you start job searching on your own, consider the benefits of partnering with a finance recruiter.
Smart accounting and finance candidates work with recruiters to make the job search easier and more effective, and to get the results they’re looking for.
Here’s why you should consider working with a finance recruiter.
1. Take the Stress out of the Job Search
The most time-consuming aspect of job searching is reviewing pages and pages of job postings on job boards, social media channels, and websites. If you’re still currently working, this is time you may not have. As a result, you might not give your job search your all, which can slow down the process and result in missed opportunities.
Finance recruiters can take over this function for you. They will sift through employment opportunities that match your skillset, interests, and experience, and determine which jobs you should apply to.
2. Get Access to Hidden Job Opportunities
Often, finance professionals don’t realize this, but many top employers don’t advertise their open positions on career sites or social media. Instead, they work with recruiting agencies to find the talent they’re seeking.
Working with a recruiter, then, will enable you to gain access to these hidden job opportunities that you wouldn’t know about otherwise.
3. Cut down on the Competition
It’s a candidate’s market right now. If you’re applying to open roles you’ve found on career sites, you’re likely competing with dozens of other qualified finance professionals just like you. This can make the job search much more difficult. The competition is fierce, which limits your chances of being chosen for an interview—and the job.
When you apply to hidden job opportunities recruiters have access to—job opportunities that aren’t advertised anywhere—you can significantly cut down on the competition and improve your chances of landing a great job.
4. Gain Invaluable Expertise
A recruiter can do more than help you find work. They can help you polish up your resume and offer tips for acing your next interview. They can also offer valuable insights into the accounting and finance field—insights that can help you make more informed decision about your career. They can let you know average salary scales, hot markets, hot skills, and more, which will only give you an edge in your job search.
Plus, your recruiter will go to bat for you during the interview and job offer stages.
5. Get a Job You’ll Love
When job searching on your own, it can be difficult to determine whether you’d really be right for any given role you’ve found online. Job postings are often vague, and more goes into your enjoyment of a role than just the job description and salary.
The office environment, corporate culture, and management all make a difference in your job satisfaction.
A recruiter will not only get to know you, including your skills, experience, and personality, but they’ll get to know the potential employer as well. They’ll be able to determine whether the job opportunity is a good fit for both sides. This helps ensure long-term fit, ensuring you are happy with your new job for years to come—and so is your new employer.