It is tough out there in the market right now. More so for some sectors and roles, with Accounting Support jobs regrettably not immune from the slowdown.
There are less roles and more people applying. We recently had two roles that between them attracted close to 800 applications after being advertised for a few days.
But don’t lose heart! If you are looking for a job, there are a number of things you can do to give yourself the best chance of success.
Say if you are immediately available
A lot of candidates we talk to are concerned that their application will be discounted if they have been made redundant or are in between jobs. But this is simply not the case and in many instances, being able to start immediately is a huge advantage.
If you are free to start straight away, make sure this is clear on your CV as well as your LinkedIn and Seek profiles. This is really important!
Make sure your CV is up to date
Your CV is your sales document and your chance to impress.
It doesn’t take long for a recruiter to check through your CV so make sure it is well laid out, with good spacing and in an easy to read format.
Skills, experience and achievements should be highlighted. Always remember that your achievements should be measurable – so if you accelerated the month-end closing process, say by how much. This is such a good way of demonstrating a track record of success.
If you have had career breaks, highlight these as it helps recruiters to understand the full picture.
Your LinkedIn and Seek profiles should be a reflection of what is in your CV, so remember to keep these updated as well.
Pay attention to detail
When it comes to job applications, the detail matters.
Spelling mistakes, missing dates and out-of-date CVs indicate a lack of attention to detail. So take the time to check and even get someone else to have a look – a fresh pair of eyes will pick up details you may have missed. It is not just your CV and cover letter that should be error free, but also any emails and your LinkedIn profile.
It is all too easy to copy and paste an application and send it off – but you will be discounted for addressing an application to Sarah when the hiring manager is John or referencing the wrong position in the cover letter!
Font is important too – use an easy to read font like Arial or Calibri.
Make your application relevant
For each application, you need to demonstrate why you are a good fit for the role. Your cover letter and CV should show how your skills and experience match those of the role.
This often means you need to highlight a certain skillset more or discuss one particular role in greater detail in your cover letter. It takes more time, but it gives your application more chance of getting into the shortlist pile.
Build relationships with good recruiters
Although this tip is not about a job application, it is highly relevant!
With Accounting Support jobs appointments are often made at speed – particularly for temporary roles.
It is not unusual for our team to fill a vacancy within a few hours for a business that needs someone to start the next day.
So it makes good sense to build relationships with recruiters who specialise in your area of expertise – pick up the phone, email, send in your CV and let them know what you are looking for. Even if they have nothing available right now, you never know what is around the corner.
If you’re looking for a permanent role, consider widening your search to contracting or temporary roles. Often there is an increase in temp roles in an uncertain market as businesses are more hesitant to commit to permanent hires.
I know it can be easier said than done because looking for work takes time and energy but remain positive and be kind to yourself. If you miss out opportunities, remember that these are extraordinary times and there are a lot of great candidates (just like you!) looking for work. Missing out does not mean you haven’t got what it takes.
So run through this list and check off that you have done all you can to give yourself the best chance of success.
If you need support or want to chat, get in touch and we’ll assist how we can.