Robert Half in San Francisco recently sponsored the Financial Women of San Francisco “Woman of the Year” Award program and luncheon. Sarah Friar, CFO of Square, was this year’s award recipient and was recognized for her leadership roles in corporate finance and in high-tech startups. At the luncheon, the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco was filled with hundreds of well-accomplished business executives, most of whom had one thing in common: Like Friar, they were accounting, finance and financial services leaders. All net proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Financial Women of San Francisco Scholarship Fund, which provides graduate and undergraduate scholarships to San Francisco Bay Area women pursuing careers in the field of finance of the financial services industry. If you’re conducting an accounting and finance job search, chances are you’re perusing job search websites, talking to friends and family, and maybe even seeking career advice and representation from a specialized staffing firm. But what often gets overlooked are events like the Woman of the Year award luncheon, where you can network with others in your field — including hiring managers. After all, what better place for a job seeker to be than in a room filled with executives and senior managers that represent a good portion of the finance, accounting and financial services industries?
So, remember while seeking your next accounting and finance job, make sure you do a self-analysis of your involvement with organizations such as Financial Women of San Francisco. Look to get involved with a dedicated group of accounting and finance professionals who also can help you achieve your professional interests. San Francisco has several wonderful organizations that are dedicated to fostering this type of culture. You can’t go wrong being part of an organization that facilitates networking and provides access to well-accomplished people in your industry. The end result will only make your accounting and finance job search that much easier, and you may even be pleasantly surprised where you land.