How to Attract the Attention of Finance and Accounting Recruiters
What does it take to attract the attention of a finance and accounting recruiter? What must you to do be considered a front-runner for an employment opportunity?
The answer to these questions depends upon your experience level, and that’s exactly what we’re going to address here.
For an entry-level candidate (generally someone who has had less than a year of experience in finance and accounting), recruiters are working with clients who prefer applicants to have a bachelor’s degree rather than an associate’s degree. Further, an individual who possesses skills in gathering and presenting data is highly-competitive in the finance and accounting world. Finally, an entry-level candidate with internship experience with a larger company will stand out more from others.
Mid-level finance and accounting candidates have roughly two to four years of relevant work experience. At this point in your career, recruiters want you to have good references. References are vital at any level, but by now, your references need to be solid. Among other types of software and experience, recruiters are seeking candidates who have had experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, namely PeopleSoft or Oracle.
Senior-level professionals should possess a minimum of five years (or more) of experience. These candidates typically have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree. If you fall within this category, you should have supervisory experience, particularly with enterprise-level companies.
The type of experience senior-level candidates have is ideal for audit and compliance and financial analysis roles (positions that are difficult to fill). Recruiters also like to see certifications, such as an active or inactive CPA certification.
However, this only represents a starting point. What else can a job seeker do to stand out from the crowd and garner the attention of finance and accounting recruiters?
First, it’s more favorable to have both domestic and international experience. There are always businesses looking to expand their territories, which can possibly grow overseas, as well.
Diversity in one’s resume can be a positive and shows flexibility. However, it’s preferable to have someone who has advanced his or her career while maintaining loyalty to the company. Stability has become a valuable trait. Employers want to keep people with talent around, and people who have had stable jobs in the past are likely candidates.
Last but not least, the more training and experience you have, the better. A great way to further expand your career is to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Remember, you need to invest a considerable amount of time and effort to become a CPA, so only go down this road if you’re willing to make that investment.
But it’s an effort that could very well pay off—literally and figuratively—in the long run.