6 Ways to Focus the Search for Finance Jobs

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While the Internet has given us vast resources for job hunting, it has also created a seemingly endless ocean of information to sort through and an equally daunting number of competitors. When you’re looking for finance jobs, it helps to plug into more personal channels to find the right opportunities. 

Understanding the resources that are most efficient can help you research and find jobs in finance. Here are six ways to get started:

1. Tap into your network of finance-industry colleagues. 

Although obvious, this can often be the best way to find a new finance position, simply because these colleagues know you personally, and you’re probably familiar with the jobs in finance they’re telling you about firsthand. It’s all about connections. Start with the people you know best, and don’t be afraid to ask them to put in a good word for you or put you in touch with someone else who can help.

2. Target specific companies you admire. 

Corporate websites often have job postings, and showing your desire to work for a specific company may pique the interest of that company’s HR manager. But you can go even further by following the company on social media sites such as LinkedIn. An opportunity to join an online conversation may pop up, and you might end up meeting and corresponding with someone at the company. 

3. Check with your school. 

If you’re finishing up a finance degree and looking for your first job, stop by your college or university’s career center for information and resources aimed at helping students land their first jobs in an array of fields, including finance. Even if you’ve been out of school for a while, you may see your ideal finance position posted publicly at a local university. This is another situation where a simple phone call to the right department may also provide leads.

4. Use your professional memberships and go to industry events. 

If you’ve been in finance for some time, chances are you are a member of (or are at least aware of) finance industry organizations, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), which has a job posting section. The AICPA also hosts regional conferences throughout the year. Each conference has a certain focus, such as the National Tax Conference in November or the Financial Planning and Analysis Conference in July. These are great opportunities to network with your peers and meet potential employers, as well as fulfill your continuing education requirements. Check with all the organizations you belong to regarding these events.

5. Dig into your LinkedIn connections. 

LinkedIn has a job search section with adjustable search parameters, but you can take it much further with your individual connections. Reach out and let people know you're job hunting. You may be only one connection away from someone who’s looking for a finance professional for an open position. Joining and interacting in LinkedIn Groups is a great way to connect with a wider group of industry professionals. 

6. Consider a recruiter. 

Enlisting the expertise of a recruiter is another option. Recruiters have their fingers on the pulse of the industry, so they are likely to have a deeper knowledge of companies and job openings than you could find on your own. And as they need to please both employer and employee, recruiters are focused not just on finding you a job, but finding the right job for you.  

Good luck and happy job hunting!

What are your best tips for finding jobs in finance? Share your experience in the comments.