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Questions to Ask on Your 1st Day of a New Job

Starting a new job can be overwhelming.  You convinced your new employer that you are the right candidate for the position, but now it’s time to prove it. And a great way to start is asking the right questions.   Below are helpful questions you should ask your new employer on your first day:

Ask Questions about Onboarding Objectives

Companies vary with onboarding processes. Some are very specific with detailed objectives and benchmarks. Others are more laissez faire, completing the necessities at an irregular pace. Assure that you are completing required documentation, trainings, and introductions by:

  • Preparing questions about your new role for when you meet with your manager.
    • Ask if there are expectations that are not be included on the job description.
    • Does your manager have advice related to the position based on past experiences? Or perhaps there are hopes for the position if it is new to the organization.
  • Inquiring about orientation materials and dates for completion. This demonstrates your motivation and interest in addressing the preliminaries to move on to the work at hand.
  • Requesting opportunities to meet co-workers. This shows your interest in becoming part of the group, a positive soft skill.

Learn About Your Manager’s Preferences

Inquiring about your manager’s preferred modes of communication paves the way for clear communications and aligned expectations.  Points to touch on:

  • Is email, text, one-on-one, or phone preferred?
  • Do they prefer scheduled meetings?

Who Should I meet this week?

Begin forming alliances with key personnel immediately. Doing so will help you navigate your way to achieving your goals.  Often times, our successes or failures can be determined by the relationships we create.

Collect Insider Information

Workplaces have habits and particular insights that develop over time. Knowing these helps with being brought into the fold:

  • Insider jargon that has become shared workplace vocabulary.
  • Managers who are good mentors.
  • Parking particulars
  • Outfits to avoid on “dress down” days.

Job Seekers, are you looking for a new job?  Click here for a listing of available accounting and finance positions offered by Beacon Resources.

 

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Getting Noticed by Top Recruiters

In this fast-paced and crowded world of multimedia, it can be difficult to capture the attention of top recruiters.  But, knowing that the right recruiter can jump-start your career, you may be wondering just how to get noticed by top recruiters? Don’t leave your career to chance. Use these tips to polish your presentation and get noticed by the best accounting finance recruiters.

Show the Top Recruiters You Have what it Takes

Demonstrate your ability upfront with a carefully crafted resume and cover letter that get the recruiter’s attention.

  • Tailor your resume and cover letter for each position in which you are interested.
    • Align your skills and accomplishments with language from the position description.
    • Be sure your cover letter includes statements about your interest in the position and the organization.
    • Use recommended font and professional design elements.
  • Describe performance in measurable terms.
    • This is where to highlight teamwork, either as leader or part of an effective group.
    • Concrete results, such as percent of savings through systems upgrades.
  • Include values statements and learning interests to offer a true sense of your professionalism.
    • Concisely reflect on the relevance of learning options to your growth.
    • Detail your desire for continued learning to contribute to the firm and your professional sector.

Make Your Mark

Everything has gone well with the review of your application materials. The recruiter has invited you to an initial phone or video interview. Prepare as carefully for this appointment as you do for an in-person interview.

  • Accept and confirm the invitation in a timely manner.
  • Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview.
  • Make notes to use as reminders to questions. Theirs and yours.
  • Give yourself free time before the appointment. Do so away from your current office.

Present Your Best Self

Time to meet with the recruiter. Gain a good impression that leads to placement by:

  • Making notes with responses to questions you’ll likely be asked. Go over those to have them down pat.
  • Being confident yet humble, avoiding any hint of arrogance.
  • Dressing and acting like the true finance professional you are.
  • Being genuine and sincere.

 

Are you looking for a new accounting and finance position? You are in the right place!  Click here for a listing of Beacon Resources’ available positions.

 

 

 

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Vision Your Future Before the Interview

In order to avoid awkward pauses, prepare yourself ahead of time for job interview questions about your future career goals. Interview questions about your future goals are asked to determine if your career aspirations are in-sync with their company. Plus, employers like to know that you actually have ambition and some type of career plan. It isn’t necessary, or even possible to know exactly what you will be doing in five years, but you need to have some direction.  Hiring Managers also want to know that your aren’t planning on moving on to another job in the near future.

Be Realistically Optimistic in Your Interview

Leave titles out of your response. Instead focus on the pathway and steps to your success.

  • Your interest in the work, including your desire to contribute and develop new skills.
  • Your favorable impression of the company and desire for longevity as it is a progressive firm.

Tie Future Plans to Professional Values

Fact of the matter is, these questions offer you the opportunity to blend your values into your response. It’s likely you have chosen to apply for this position because you admire the organization. Link your reason for that with your values, and the next step is future visioning. If you value highly innovative, entrepreneurial work today, you very well may in five years.

Create your statement by tying together:

  • How the position reflects your professional values.
  • The ways you plan to manifest your values in the coming years.

Show that You Have Given the Topic Serious Thought

Hiring Managers appreciate prospective employees who know how to strategically connect the dots. Describe your interest in the position and the organization. This is a mature trait that benefits a business.

Focus on Being a Benefit

Employers are looking for talented workers who will learn, grow, and stay. When a business knows that you are interested in the same, your beneficial qualities stand out even more.

Job Seekers, Beacon Resources is interested in learning about your qualities and where you want to be in five years. Click here for a listing of available finance and accounting positions.

 

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Common Resume Gaffes

Resume gaffes can put a halt to your career advancement, regardless of how well educated, skilled, and referenced you are. Be on the lookout for these resume gaffes that could derail your job hunt and chances for career success.

Worn Out Clichés

Worn out clichés are like your old, comfy jeans. They belong in after-hours gatherings, rather than the workplace. Better to get to the point, noting your abilities in measurable terms, rather than overwhelm the hiring manager with overused jargon.

Vocabulary Misuse

Call it misuse or misspelling, some words can slip-up the best of us. For example, hitting send before noticing the dreaded error of typing “their” in the place of “there”, or “they’re.”   Although, you know the difference, resume gaffes like this can easily slip-in when we are typing quickly.

Font Size and Style Matter

Focus on these two points! First, your resume needs to be easily read by the automated resume screening software. Once it is approved for HR to review, it needs to stand out. Clear, crisp font style in a healthy size will make your resume shine. As it’s a short read, a sans serif font like Calibri is an apt choice. Go no smaller than font size 11, preferably at a minimum of 12.

Second, select a simple design style. Pick one with a good balance of text and ‘white space’ that is not dominated by design elements.

Focus on the Job at Hand

Applying for a new position can feel like a full-time job, in itself. When done well, it can be well worth your effort. Refine your  résumé for each position. Select keywords from the job description to highlight your experience and skills. Using care to assure your résumé truly represents your skills will reap professional rewards.

Job seekers, click here for a listing of Beacon Resources’ open accounting and finance opportunities.

 

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Highlighting Your Talents During a Job Interview

Many people have a difficult time talking about themselves and their talents. Yet, highlighting your talents during a job interview without boasting is an important skill to master. The following tips will guide you through balancing confident self-advocacy without going overboard.

Display Your Depth of Knowledge About the Sector

Start by highlighting your talents and knowledge by summarizing the advantages of working in the finance and accounting sector.  Doing so may be part of your answer to an interviewer’s question about why you are seeking the given position. Describing your interest in gaining more experience in given areas of the sector reveals your openness to growth.

Link the Position’s Requirements with Your Finance or Accounting Expertise

Articulate your areas of expertise by linking each with the job’s posted requirements. Doing so highlights your keen understanding of the position and how well your qualifications match the desired attributes. Use concrete examples of achievements to underscore your skills.

Show What You Bring to the Organization

Remember that you are being recruited by an organization that will have ever-increasing financial needs for expertise as it expands. Your ability to describe your performance at acquiring new technical and soft skills reveals the breadth of your talent. At the same time, stating your attraction to the business helps to solidify the interview team’s view of your potential.

Highlight Management and Leadership Outcomes

Interviews offer the opportunity to describe one’s ability to work with others. Demonstrate this attribute by presenting examples of team-based outcomes. Measures of success that led to increased consumer satisfaction with financial interfaces reveal qualitative and quantitative outcomes. Use this approach to highlight your leadership and management outcomes. This is especially important when you are interviewing for an advanced management position.

Beacon Resources is Waiting to Hear from You!

Beacon Resources is a leading finance and accounting placement firm, focused on matching qualified job seekers with employers. Job seekers, Click here for a listing of our Beacon Resources open career opportunities.