As part of our partnership with the ICAEW we hosted a webinar on how ACA accountants can get the most from their career, which you can view here.
We’ve previously given advice on the first steps for newly qualified ACA’s, but once you’ve got the start of your career mapped out the next step is actually getting an interview. Here at Talentedge we’re often asked how a qualified ACA’s can make their CV stand out and what holds them in good stead with employers. Obviously with every individual case comes different factors but there are 5 key things that you can add to your CV to make it stand out from the crowd.
5 differentiators to make your CV stand out!
A secondment with a client or internal move such as to Transaction Services or overseas is a powerful differentiator. A secondment demonstrates a real drive to learn new skills and gain experience outside of your main sector, as well as suggesting you are a candidate that will make the most of the opportunities offered to them. Secondments are also an invaluable source of information on different working practices.
While the primary reason to take a secondment is to boost your CV and career opportunities, you may even discover that you prefer the working conditions & salary!
Progression, responsibility & key achievements
There are many different tactics you can use to make your CV stand out, depending on how you want to structure it. Any demonstration of progression, especially a fast tracked promotion will demonstrate to a potential employer that you quickly went above and beyond to progress to the next level. You should also list your key achievements, either by job or in it’s own section to allow you to really display your talent. Desirable achievements can range from the technical, such as process and systems improvements, to leadership skills, such as team management or mentoring.
First time passes
This one barely needs explaining – an employer or recruiter will always look at your academic record to get an idea of what you’re capable of achieving. First time passes and consistently high grades will demonstrate not only your intelligence, but also your ability to adequately prepare for a challenging situation.
Clients and sector exposure
Eventually you’re going to reach a point in your career industry experience. Think about your current clients; who do you feel the greatest affinity for? Consider this alongside your own interests – remember that working in an industry you’re passionate about will greatly increase job satisfaction and career prospects. Now is the time to get your career pointed in the right direction.
Volunteering and networking
Volunteering for additional experience will not only show that you’re committed and driven, but also presents valuable networking opportunities that will give you a chance to meet the people you’ll be sending your CV our to. Networking at senior or board levels can be especially helpful in giving your career a boost.
ACA’s and Talentedge
Talentedge are partners of the ICAEW. On January 31st at 10am, we’ll be hosting a Webinar to help ACA graduates get the most from their career and stand out in a crowded market. Register for the Webinar here.
Talentedge specialises in placing finance people into media, marketing services, tech and lifestyle brands sectors in London. We’re happy to give advice to part-qualified ACA’s and consult with qualified ACA’s interested in the above sectors at any stage of their career, from newly-qualified to CFO level. Contact us for a confidential, friendly chat about your career on: 0203 879 9700.