Take Control of Your Job Search


Attention CPAs at all levels. Well-meaning colleagues give you many tips about how to find your dream job. Here are four things not to do when conducting your search.

1 | Don’t rely on only one technique to land a job. Just 10% of all jobs are filled through ads and search firms. Contact firms and companies directly and network. Focus on getting interviews—not getting a job.

2 | Don’t just hit the Send button. The least effective way to go about searching for a job is through Web site listings. If you can hit the Send button so easily, so can thousands of others.

3 | Don’t disparage previous employers . It tells people you are disgruntled and unconcerned about protecting a company’s image.

4 | Don’t be melancholy. Stay upbeat and have some fun when looking for a job. Go to the movies, sporting events or art galleries so you’ll have something interesting to say on an interview that is not job-related.

Source: Five O’Clock Club, www.fiveoclockclub.com .


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