Whether you are happy in your current role or looking for a change, it's always prudent to be informed about the market. Below you will find the most frequently asked questions relating to search.
Do I need to know my long term career goals before I make a move?
It is important to identify your career goals to ensure the career path you are taking will complement your desired objective.
However, if you are making your first move out of public accounting and you have questions, don’t panic. You may need to get some industry experience before you determine what your ultimate focus will be.
When should I update my resume?
You should try and keep your resume current in case the right role comes along unexpectedly. It’s important to tailor your resume to the role being sought to demonstrate interest and alignment. Use the job description as a guide and make sure that your compatibility with the role is clearly defined. Keep in mind, you want to showcase your accomplishments including accolades, projects you’ve worked on, and value you have brought to a company.
Is there a specific network or tool that can help me find a job?
Using tools like LinkedIn® and Facebook® can be beneficial, but it is important to understand how you are presented on these sites and how that might effect your ability to get a job. Remember, your pictures and news feeds can be viewed by hiring authorities and colleagues, so think before you post. In addition, it is important to ensure that the appropriate privacy settings are selected on your profile so you have control over what you share. Also remember to utilize the connections you have made through your professional associations including forums, workshops and professional development courses.
How long will it take me to find a job?
Unfortunately, timing can’t be controlled. Finding the right role depends on your skills set, the demand in the market for that skill set, and market conditions. Be prepared to be flexible and nimble if the right role comes along…even when the timing isn’t perfect.
How much notice do I have to give my current employer when I resign?
When you resign, it’s important to be fair to your current employer and give the appropriate amount of notice which is traditionally two weeks. Be mindful that if you are in the middle of a busy time or a project you may need to extend the traditional notice period to accommodate. It is always important to check your employment contract as it will usually stipulate your required notice period.
What if my current employer presents me with a counter offer?
The Counter Offer is a reaction to your resignation, and if accepted can present detrimental effects to your career. Statistics show that if a counter offer is accepted, the probability of voluntarily leaving in six months or being let go in one year is extremely high. You have made your current employer aware that you are unhappy and your loyalty will be in question.