Making Your Next Move within Professional Tax
Are you considering making your next big career move within tax? Changing job can be daunting and shouldn’t be a quick decision. Kingpin International is there to give you a helping hand with our steps on what to do next.
Motivations for moving
First things first. What are your motivations for moving and what is it that you hope to achieve in moving roles?
Setting these goals in place will allow you to do the following:
✔ Align your job search
✔ Be focussed on your expectations and know exactly what you want
✔ Stay productive
✔ Be confident about your move so that you can effortlessly explain your reasons and motivations of leaving to yourself and current workplace
People change their careers for a number of reasons. However, moving jobs shouldn’t be in response to a bad day in the office, but rather an opportunity to develop yourself and your career.
Update your CV and LinkedIn profile
Once you have established your motivations for an international move, you are ready to begin the process. The next step is to update your CV and LinkedIn profile so that your most recent skills and experiences are up to date. This will allow you to identify the areas in which you excel and highlight them, possibly helping you to discover your ideal next role. LinkedIn can be massively undervalued. Recruiters use the social media platform on a daily basis to find the best talent for multinational companies. For professionals living in international regions, Xing may be useful. Xing is the German equivalent to LinkedIn and recruiters use it the same way- to find international tax talent. Therefore, it may be valuable to invest your time in creating a Xing profile and keeping an eye on any notifications. Make sure both profiles and your CV are completely updated in order to give you the best head start.
Here are a few tips for each:
You want to stand out when an employer is looking at your CV. Make sure that it is easy to read and the most important information is on the front page. Include key information important to the tax roles you are applying for. For example, if you have worked in mature markets, years of dedicated experience in a specific area, language skills or that you are CPA/ACCA qualified.
First of all, make sure you have a professional profile picture and that you have an attention-grabbing summary.
Having endorsements for skills profile not only look good but they add merit to your claims. Explain to your current colleagues that you are building up your LinkedIn profile and ask them to endorse you for your skills and return the favour. Finally, building your network is a hugely important part of LinkedIn. It is a platform to help connect like-minded business people, so don’t be afraid to make the initial move.
In an age where a significant fraction of our work is done digitally, we can often forget the value of a face-to-face interaction. Many professionals underestimate the power of networking, which is a key part of working in the tax industry.
Why not use your extensive network to your advantage? Perhaps speaking to executives who are currently in a position that you see yourself applying for and are working for a company that you are interested in. It will give you a useful insight into what your future role will entail while also providing you with a useful contact. Research any upcoming events in your area and find out which ones are relevant to you through internal research or by using sites such as www.eventbrite.co.uk or www.meetup.com. It's the best way for you to assess if the role and industry in question are right for you. By having these conversations, you will be one step closer to your goal.
Top tip: take your business cards along to any networking event. This is an easy way to give people your contact details and they are more likely to remember you!
Begin your job search
Now it is time to begin looking for your dream role. Once your profile has been updated, LinkedIn has a section where you can actively apply for jobs. Alternatively, websites such as etax jobs have a vast array of jobs in multi-national companies. The HR and recruitment landscape may have changed since you last applied for a job and you want a career that can be designed around your strengths.
Want to make your job search easier?
Many tax professionals choose to work with Kingpin International, taking the stress out of your job search and giving you a helping hand along the way. Like you, we are specialists in our chosen area and our expertise means that we are perfectly positioned to assist you with your next career move. Our years’ of experience, in-depth knowledge and passion for recruitment ensures that you will have access to the most exciting and sought-after international tax job opportunities from around the globe. Have a look at our current roles and advance your career today.
It’s now or never!
Don’t let the fear of failure prevent you from achieving your professional goals. See it as a new challenge.
You have developed your tax career with dedication and with your reputation enhanced, why not leverage your skills and achievements and find your dream job?
Push your career to the next level and work with Kingpin International. If you're looking for your next tax career move, we'd love to hear from you. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your phone and get in touch with a member of our team or look at our current international tax vacancies.