Tips for excelling your career as a trainee accountant

Written by Sanderson Recruitment | Blog | Candidates | Financial Services | Posted 17/01/2017 11:47:17

At Sanderson, we recruit across all finance and accounting roles for those who are part qualified or fully qualified. So we understand the challenge job seekers can experience when looking for a new role in a competitive industry, particularly when theyíre training or newly qualified. To bridge the gap between trainees and employment, weíve sought out some tips from Natalie Binstead. As Chair of BADCASS, the Bristol & District Chartered Accountant Studentsí Society, Natalie is an experienced advisor for those who are training for a career in accounting. These are Natalieís top tips for excelling as a trainee accountant:

Get out there

Network, network, network! Whether itís by joining your local student society or by attending cross-profession networking events, expanding your internal, local and national networks could be the key to accessing potential new clients, business contacts or an exciting career development opportunity.

Know yourself

Identify your personal brand and embrace it. Everyone has a personal brand, a uniqueness that helps you stand out from the crowd - whether or not youíre aware of it. Once youíve identified what your personal brand is, utilise it to create strong relationships both in and out of work and determine how you can use your strengths, skills, passions and values to send a clear, consistent message about who you are and what you offer. We work in a competitive industry and standing out for the right reasons could give you an advantage.

Seek guidance

Find a mentor. Having an independent and experienced mentor can help to provide you with impartial advice and guidance as well as the opportunity to grow your business contacts and develop your personal communication techniques and skills. An informal yet confidential mentoring relationship could help you increase your impact in the business or office environment as well as providing you with insight into your mentorís successful career and the steps they took to reach their current position.

For more information if you are looking for a role in finance and accounting, feel free to contact Ben Beesley, Principal Consultant, on 0117 919 2019. Let us know that youíve found us via this blog!

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