Your Professional Contacts can Improve your Career
Improve your career - knowing the why, when and where of career development can be a difficult thing. But whether you are at the start of a career, in the middle or nearing retirement, there is one thing that should be put in place and maintained in order to improve your career success: a network of professional contacts to provide structure and offer support throughout your working life. Regardless of industry and irrespective of position, developing and sustaining a trusted set of contacts can be the key to improve your career success.
Knowing the Right People can Improve your Career
Knowing the right people in the right places can improve job prospects but the opportunities networking provides are far more encompassing. Indeed, every person you meet or come into contact with has knowledge you can learn from and experience you can gain from. In addition to this, the potential to be headhunted is a very real opportunity. A good impression here, a successful meeting there and you never know who might be watching.
Competition for Accountancy & Finance Jobs Drives the Need for Personal Branding
There is so much competition for jobs in accountancy and finance these days that you really have to go the extra mile to stand out amongst the candidates. One way to do this is to think of yourself as a brand or product and work on optimising your brand values so that you can convey what's good about you quickly and clearly.
Marketing Your Personal Brand
For example, when people buy a product, they look at its price, its benefits and its features and weigh those up in order to decide if it fits their requirements. That is very similar to the way a potential employer will look at you.
Personality Behind the Brand
The other factor that will be considered in purchasing a product is its brand this is separate from features and price because it's more about the image and personality behind the product. So it can be a useful exercise to think about any really successful or innovative brands and try to apply some of their key positive values to yourself, in order to build your own brand.
...Yes of course we do!
The last three years has seen massive growth in recruiters using the net but the last two years has seen an explosion in the use of social networking sites. Every consultant at Circlesquare has a LinkedIn account with which we use to network clients and candidates a like, indeed it’s becoming increasingly common for consultants to be targeted on the number of candidate referrals they can make on a weekly basis, and has become an integral part of a recruitment process.
This means that as a candidate you really need to be joining and updating your profile on a regular basis to ensure that potential employers or recruiters are seeing a real-time profile that clearly states what you are looking to do and what kind of things you would be interested in talking to them about. It sounds very silly and simple but you also need to respond to any of the invites sent to you by recruiters via the site!
I cannot overstate the importance of these sites I would suggest that over the last 12 months around 40% of our placements here at Circle Square have come as a direct result of using a social networking site.