Looking for a finance job? Make sure you tick all the boxes

Niamh McCarthy 09.02.2018

If you're looking for a finance job, here's advice from a recruiter on the must-dos for your job application and finance CV.

How things have changed since 2006 when I first started recruiting in Cork.  Back then if you had some experience listed within the job description and managed to do a good interview, you had a solid chance of securing the job. Now however competition is fierce and employers are more cautious when hiring so you need to do all you can to ensure that job becomes yours!
Recruitment requirements within the accountancy and finance sector are ever changing; here are a few pointers to get you noticed.
Tailor your CV for each role you apply for
Include specific words and terminology used within the job description For example: statutory accounting, US GAAP or Sarbanes Oxley. If you are unsure then look them up.
Prove you can add value to the company
When writing your CV you need to include where appropriate any achievements you have had in previous positions, if you can quantify and qualify these by example, even better.
Have you reduced costs?
Nothing appeals more to a finance line manager than figures. If you have managed to reduce costs in a previous position then make sure you include this in your application.
Use bullet points
Help your potential employer by using bullet points on your cover letter to highlight your relevance to the position. This will earn you brownie points and will reinforce your interest in the role.
Keep a record of where you have sent your CV
This is very important if you are adapting your CV for each role and also useful so that you do not double up on applications.
How things have changed since 2006 when I first started recruiting in Cork.  Back then if you had some experience listed within the job description and managed to do a good interview, you had a solid chance of securing the job.
 
Now however competition is fierce and employers are more cautious when hiring so you need to do all you can to ensure that job becomes yours! Recruitment requirements within the accountancy and finance sector are ever changing; here are a few pointers to get you noticed.

Tailor your CV for each role you apply for

Include specific words and terminology used within the job description. For example: Statutory Accounting, US GAAP or Sarbanes Oxley. If you are unsure then look them up, you may have experience with these but know them by a different name.

Prove you can add value to the company

When writing your CV you need to include where appropriate any achievements you have had in previous positions, if you can quantify and qualify these by example, even better.

Have you reduced costs?

Nothing appeals more to a finance line manager than figures. If you have managed to reduce costs in a previous position then make sure you include this in your application.

Use bullet points

Help your potential employer by using bullet points on your cover letter to highlight your relevance to the position. This will earn you brownie points and will reinforce your interest in the role.

Keep a record of where you have sent your CV

This is very important if you are adapting your CV for each role and also useful so that you do not double up on applications.
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Associate Director - Accounting & Finance division
nmccarthy@morganmckinley.ie

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