Now that summer is coming to an end, many of you are getting set or are already well into the fall busy season. Whether that’s deadlines in September, October or both, this can be a tense time where many people don’t even consider their job search.
I know from experience that tax season and hiring season for tax professionals are back to back. Our busiest time of the year are those months between October and January. While you may feel like it’s poor timing to start your job search, there are still a few simple things you can do to get ready, like finding a good recruiter.
Get in Good with a Recruiter!
Of course, I’d love for that to be me, but it’s most important to find a recruiter that you are comfortable with and who you believe will be of most help. When you’re looking for a recruiter, keep a few things in mind.
• Understand what a recruiter’s ultimate job is – To find the best candidate for their client’s needs.
• Good recruiters listen and ask questions. They want to know information that will give them the most insight into what you’d like out of your career move. A good recruiter will scrutinize why you are considering a change, and then look out for a situation that matches your needs. No great recruiter is ever going to find everything they need from a simple glance at your resume. If they are not asking questions, and lots of them, look elsewhere.
• Make sure you feel a good rapport between you and your recruiter. This is important for two reasons. If there is a level of trust and respect, the recruiter is likely to work harder for you, and secondly, maybe more importantly, you can be assured that he likely has a good rapport with hiring managers and human resources.
• You can expect a good recruiter to: Discuss companies that fit your needs, assist you in tailoring your resume for presentation, prepare you for interviews, debrief you after interviews, help negotiate salary, and prepare you for a counter offer from your current employer.
• Be proactive – tell the recruiter about companies you are interested in (you have a list, right?). Search the recruiter’s job boards on their website and ask about positions that look interesting.
• Don’t wait until you’re looking for a job to talk with a recruiter. If you aren’t in the market for a new job right away, it’s a good idea to at least make initial contact and put your name in front of a recruiter so they can follow up in the future. Sometimes finding the right opportunity can take many months or even years.
• Consider constructive criticism. Recruiters know what their clients want most. If they make a suggestion to change something or highlight certain accomplishments on your resume, it’s a good thing to listen.
• And last, provide referrals! You might not be looking, but maybe your co-worker is. Recruiters LOVE having new names of good people they can place. Passing along names of people who might be searching will go far in improving your relationship with a recruiter, and they’ll likely keep your name fresh in their minds when some great opportunity comes along.
I hope that you all have enjoy another beautiful summer. As we move along into the next busy season, don’t forget to be mindful of your mental and physical health. As always, Jay, Tyler and I are always available to answer any questions you may have about the current market for tax professionals, or whether the time is right to begin looking for your next move.