How to Get Ahead in Your Audit Career
Published: 04 Apr 2014 By Olivier Vidal for CareersinAudit.com
Maybe you started the year with good intentions of improving you career prospects. It’s not too late to do an audit of your career and ensure this is the year you make a change for the better. Executive recruitment has become a bigger and more varied market. It can be hard for those looking for new audit careers to know exactly where to turn for help. Everyone is looking for the best candidates, from executive recruitment companies and in-house HR directors to procurement departments and brand managers. If you’re looking to make a change this year, then you need to ensure you’re taking the best course of action.
Set your foundations
To apply for the best jobs that suit you, you need to know when they become available and it helps to get in early to avoid opportunities bypassing you. Creating an email alert to be notified of jobs that fit your exact criteria, the moment they are posted online, means that you will be one of the first to apply.
Targeting the Best
Time and money are two important considerations for any business, and they don’t want to waste time on candidates who are not as close to perfect as possible. According to a report on recruitment trends by Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group, 68% of companies believe that there are not enough candidates available with the right skills. Recruitment firms are constantly doing an audit of the market to find the best candidates for a position. They’re not willing to put people forward who aren’t exactly right. Employers are often doing an audit of potential candidates themselves, as this can help them avoid excessive agency fees. The KellyOCG report highlighted that only 49% of companies outsource all or part of their recruitment function. Therefore if you can target a company yourself rather than going through an agency, you might have a better chance of succeeding.
Too Much of a Risk
If you’re looking to completely change careers, you may struggle to find the right opportunities. Companies are still not willing to take huge risks and are more likely to go for the safer option of a candidate with the desired experience.
The jobs market is starting to improve as the economy grows. The KellyOCG Global Trends in RPO and Talent Recruitment 2014 report found that 73% of businesses are looking to make more full-time roles available this year. However, this also means that it is becoming more competitive and companies will be searching for the most attractive candidates.
Talk to Everyone
If you want to get ahead in the careers market, don’t dismiss any contacts. You never know where the right opportunity will come from. That call you don’t really want to take might be the next job opportunity. Above all, you need to believe in yourself and sell your value. Companies want to hire the best, so you need to show what you’re worth.