Five Tips for Finding a New Job in the New Year

The start of a new year has traditionally been a good time to start something new — a new diet, a new gym routine, a new commitment to controlling personal spending. But it’s also a good demarcation point to start a new job search. The holidays are over and hiring managers are back in the office. And accounting and finance professionals, especially top performers, are growing more confident in their career prospects and exploring their options, according to the 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half.

Here are five tips for finding a new job in 2015:

  1. Update your resume. First things first: You’d be shooting yourself in the foot if you began a new job search with an old resume. Refresh your information with career milestone updates, but also consider whether a bigger revamp is needed. Styles and hiring-manager preferences change from time to time, so you’ll want your resume to keep up with the times.
  2. Focus on companies first, then positions. Be selective when responding to job ads. Research your target companies to see whether you’d be a good fit with them and they’d be a good fit for you. Focus on the opportunities where you’re most likely to thrive.
  3. Access your network. As the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Professional networking can be a tremendous resource and can help open doors to new jobs. Keep in mind that your most valuable connections may not be the obvious ones: those working in accounting. That stay-at-home mom next door may have a brother who’s a chief financial officer at a growing company.

    If you’ve already tapped your network, it’s time to make new connections. Go to meetings of local accounting and business groups. You’ll meet people while also staying on top of industry and local trends.

  4. Act like a marketer. Now is not the time to be shy. Speak up and let people know about your search for a new job. Have a 30-second pitch about your accounting background and job goals ready to go: “You may remember I worked in accounting for XYZ Corporation. I’m actively looking for a similar position. I have 10 years of experience in cost accounting, but I’m also considering general accounting jobs. Do you know of any companies that are hiring?” 
  5. Consider temporary work. One way to keep your experience current, make new connections and earn an income all at the same time is through temporary assignments. A staffing firm that specializes in interim accounting and finance positions can help you find opportunities that suit your background and career interests. Temporary jobs allow you to get your foot in the door in a company and show your potential. That’s why many of these assignments turn into full-time jobs.

The dawn of a new year is redolent with opportunity. If you’ve been thinking you’d like a new job to be in your future, now’s the time. Check out which temporary accounting and finance jobs are available in your area.

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