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The Art of Writing a Cover Letter

January 13th, 2012

As recruiters, we field cover letters and résumés on a daily basis. While some are extremely well crafted—perfectly showcasing all of their skill and attributes—some just fail to hit the mark. We understand that many of you may have a family, a second job and other obligations, but you must invest time and effort to your cover letter. In this blog entry, we will offer up a few trusty tips that will not only improve your cover letter, but will help you land the job of your dreams!

#1 Personalize it: There is nothing worse than a carbon copy cover letter. Sure it makes life a lot easier for you, but it doesn’t say much about your work ethic. Employers like prospects who have done their homework. By not doing your homework about the position shows that maybe you don’t really care about the job opportunity. If you don’t care about them why should they care about you?

#2 Highlight Your Resume: Whatever skill or experience you possess that best fits the position be sure to make that the focus of the introduction. Given the amount of cover letters a place of business may receive for a job opening, make sure the beginning grabs their attention.

#3 Spell Check: Even in the digital era where every computer has a built in spell check function, it is still common to find submitted cover letters and résumés with spelling and grammatical errors. The best way to avoid this issue is by simply taking your time. Scan each sentence carefully, checking for any minor typos you may have missed. Also, if possible hand it off to another person for a second pair of eyes. Remember: any cover letters with typos will get immediately filed to the bottom of the pile.

As recruiters we know what employers are looking for in a candidate searching for employment in the financial industry. If you’re an executive professional currently searching for a new opportunity, contact us today to learn more!

The Importance of Making an Informed Decision in Your Job Search

December 16th, 2011

After several months on the job search, it comes as a huge relief to be offered a position in your respected industry. As easy as it is to get ahead of yourself in the acceptance process, it’s important to take a moment to sit back and re-evaluate the position to ensure it is the best possible fit for your career. The job search process is a long, tedious and exhausting journey, which is why many people find themselves in less than ideal roles that they commonly accept out of simply the pure excitement of the moment. It’s important to take the time to ask yourself serious questions about the position you are about to accept. Some questions to consider: Read the rest of this entry »

What Finance and Accounting Recruiters Really Look For

November 25th, 2011

No matter your industry, there will always be competition in the job market. Knowing what will make you stand out from the crowd is what makes the difference between getting the interview or not, getting offered that promotion or getting overlooked. To help you get noticed by recruiters and employers, we have put together some general tips that we, as finance and accounting recruiters, look for when searching through potential hire résumés. Read the rest of this entry »

In The Trenches: “Older” Versus “Younger” in the Global Recession

November 10th, 2011

The job market is a cut-throat place these days, but is it extra difficult for older workers? The consensus seems to be “yes”. The questions that arise may include: are they less qualified? Less hardworking? Or is it that younger workers are less expensive?  These are the questions that are instigating conversations across the job market. We have narrowed down some reasons older workers may be suffering when battling for a job against their younger competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Increasing Your Worth in the Workplace

November 4th, 2011

Are you interested in making a larger salary? Before you ask your boss for a raise, you may want to review your current workplace activity to ensure you are performing at your best. The better your value in the workplace, the better the chance at a promotion and the salary boost that comes with it. Luckily, there are several tips our financial recruiting experts have pulled together to help you enhance your overall worth in the workplace. Read the rest of this entry »

First Days and First Impressions

October 27th, 2011

The interviewing process and landing a job are no small feats. But once you land the position, that’s when the real work begins. Trying to establish a good reputation and trust at the beginning of a new job is an important part of building relationships at your new place of business; it helps shape your perception.

To help you make a great first impression, this accounting recruiting firm suggests these guidelines once you land your job: Read the rest of this entry »

Create a Strategy for Managing Stress

October 7th, 2011

This is the time of year when people begin to really feel stressed: holidays are approaching, bills are piling up and the pressure is on at work to get major projects completed before the start of the new year. It’s common knowledge that stress follows us, be it at home or to work, we struggle to compartmentalize it.  The great news is that stress is manageable; you have the ability to control it but in order to do so, it’s vital to have a personal stress management strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

A Financial Interview

September 29th, 2011

Advancing—or even jumping headfirst into the finance industry—can prove to be a monumental task. It’s vital for you to gain a competitive edge over other candidates by standing out and properly preparing yourself for the recruiting and interviewing process. We’ve put together some insights into the dynamics of for a career in finance. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s All About Who You Know

September 14th, 2011

It’s not news that networking is a vital to jobseekers on the hunt for a new career. It’s said regularly by professionals and job seekers alike, “It’s all about who you know”. Do you know the right people? Whether you are just starting your networking venture or consider yourself a networking veteran, there are five top individuals who should be in your network. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Recruiters Win Out

September 2nd, 2011

Well-rounded, dedicated recruiters know the difference between sourcing and recruiting; they also know the difference between passive candidates compared to the active ones. To be an effective, successful recruiter, there are several characteristics you must possess that help define you from hiring average employees to hiring candidates that reside at the top of the talent pool. Real recruiters possess the following characteristics and knowledge: Read the rest of this entry »