So you’re ready to move your accounting and finance career to the senior level — toward vice president, controller, chief financial officer or another top executive position. You’ll need a revamped resume to get you started.
All honors are not equal. For example, being named your company’s “Employee of the Year” will likely impress prospective employers; winning a neighborhood poker tournament probably won’t hold as much weight. Many applicants make the mistake of including so-called honors and accomplishments in their resumes that are dated or irrelevant to the job they’re seeking.
When you make a career out of project-based employment, constant networking becomes one of the most effective ways to boost long-term prospects. In fact, your relationships with industry professionals can open doors to opportunities where you least expect them.
As they progress in their careers, many executives may feel the pull of two competing forces: the desire to work and the desire to spend more time pursuing personal interests. Fortunately, the choice isn’t an either/or one. In fact, in a recent Robert Half Management Resources survey, three in four chief financial officers said they find consulting an attractive bridge to retirement.
Have you toyed with entering the world of finance consulting but are unsure whether it offers the benefits you are looking for in a job? It certainly can be a major career change for many accounting and finance professionals. However, most of those changes are good, even great.