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How to make a PLAN and help you progress in your accountancy or tax career.

25 Nov 2016

Sinead Walsh

Previously we discussed what a career plan is and the benefits of creating one in order to improve your accountancy / tax job search in Northern Ireland. How can I help you achieve this success? The key is to understand what you want and create a plan in which you need to incorporating the 4 elements of a PLAN – Prioritise, List, Action, Negotiate.

Prioritise – Identify your core skills; you should adapt your CV to highlight your skills as best you can.   If you are a qualified accountant in a practice environment who is seeking a first move to industry? Or are you stronger in auditing than you are on the accounting side?

Furthermore, you should always highlight the companies you have audited, as well as particular sectors you have experience in and that you would like to progress in your accountancy or tax career.

List – Now you have an idea of the sector you would like to work in, what companies within this sector are of particular interest to you? Consider your location, are you seeking a role in Belfast, Lisburn, Armagh or elsewhere in Northern Ireland.

Action – It’s now time to make the move, contact me to discuss your career to date, and where you want the next step in your accountancy or tax career to be, we will formulate a plan to get you there. Get an up to date version of your CV completed, this can then be tailored to each role. Make sure that you have all the essential information in this document, this is what is presented to companies, it highlights your achievements and says “look at me, I am a great fit for your accountancy or tax role”. Your CV is used as an introduction of you to a business, so it needs to be done right and it needs to catch the attention of the decision-makers in the business.

Once you secure an interview, the next action is to get prepared. I can assist you in your preparation and ensure that you give the best representation of yourself and your career. The outcome of a successful interview is the offer of a position and following that, the negotiation takes place.

Negotiate – A prospective employer will be aware of your current package and they will use this information to produce a competitive offer for you. This will include salary, bonus if applicable and other benefits they offer to their employees. In addition, it is an opportunity to discuss career progression opportunities that will have been discussed at interview and get these firmed up. It will also cover when bonuses are paid, at what time of the year salary reviews and appraisals take place.

Work/life balance is such a key factor for professionals when looking to make a move in accountancy or tax roles and it is important to discuss if there is a flexible working environment or if there is the opportunity to work from home if necessary.

I can help you with this and can ensure that you have all the information that you require regarding any prospective employers in Northern Ireland.

For further information and to start work on your career PLAN, please contact Sinead Walsh on 028 90 325 325 or s.walsh@BrightwaterNI.com