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How to Choose Your Next Accountancy or Finance Employer

Tips on Choosing Your Next Employer in Accountancy or Finance

  • It happens to us all at some stage. Whether we're at the start of our career, ready for a second strategic move into management, mid-way and seeking new
  • challenges in a directorial or consultancy role or considering a sideways move into a specialist financial profession, it's only natural to be looking for the next career opportunity. 
  • The right move will help to consolidate your existing experience and learning, offer a new step along your chosen career path and open up fresh opportunities. But to make sure
  • that you really do pursue the right job openings, it's worth thinking about your personal drivers and position beforehand.

Research Finance & Accountancy Job Opportunities

Even if you're not looking to start job hunting imminently, research the market and get a sense of what's available. Look for growth sectors and the range of roles and salaries available. 
  • Find out what types of benefits and business opportunities are being offered at the sorts of employers you'd consider working for. It's also well worth considering what the core values of
  • your next employer would be and how it ranks in terms of employee satisfaction and engagement. 
  • This is because your work experience is far more than simply the monetary compensation you earn for your time, effort and skills. Your work fulfils a range of social, belonging and
  • achievement needs, so you need to find an employer that will fit your own needs.

Target Firms - Are They the Right Cultural Fit for You?

Understanding the intangible benefits provided by an employer and the organisational culture can be difficult. 
  • Measuring tangible benefits and salary packages is easy, but the element of corporate culture can be difficult
  • to get a sense of, particularly from recruitment marketing materials. To get a sense of whether you would find a happy fit at a particular company, ask plenty of questions. 
If you can speak to existing employees, that is ideal. An interview is also a great time to really probe into the nature of the company and the sort of culture it promotes.

Research Potential Finance & Accountancy Employers Work Culture

  • Do online research to find news stories, case studies, awards and annual updates that will also provide you with interesting information. For example, a corporate social-responsibility
  • programme can show a commitment to the more holistic side of business and offer a well-rounded employment experience. 
  • International offices and a tendency to promote from within can suggest great opportunities for advancement. And a culture of innovation and empowerment suggests a lively and thriving
  • working environment, where you will receive good rewards and experience the benefits of healthy employee engagement.
How to Choose Your Next Accountancy or Finance Employer
 Writen by Chima Kanu of Circle Square Talent
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