In April I began a monthly series focused on setting up your tax job search for success. Whether or not you’re actively looking for a new tax career now, re-evaluating your career goals now and then is a great way to keep your professional development on track. I read an article recently which stated that the most successful employees were often the ones who kept their eyes and ears open for new opportunities. Having a good idea of what you want from your tax career will help with the second step in this series…
Research Companies of Interest
Sleuth out great companies! It’s a good idea to look around at companies with positions in your field of expertise. Find some companies that really stand out to you, and do some research. Check out their websites and read pertinent articles.
Don’t discount the little guys. Many companies have small tax departments (the average size of a corporate tax department in Colorado is 6-7 people). Keep in mind there are probably many companies you’ve never heard of that might offer exactly what you’re looking for in a career.
Make a list! Keep a list of interesting companies to show your recruiter as it will give them a good idea of the sort of position and company you’d like best.
Get feedback from others. Ask people in your network about companies you’ve heard of and ones they know.
There’s just another couple months before many of you will be working hard for another deadline. This is a great time to take a few steps forward in shaping your tax career. As always, if along this path, you have questions about the tax market, your resume or need some interviewing tips, I’d be happy to help!