How to Find Your Dream Financial, Accounting or Legal Job: A Step-by-Step Guide

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The financial, accounting and legal sectors within Scotland provide candidates with some of the most rewarding career paths available. But they also some of the most competitive industries in which to enter.
To help you find your dream job, Core-Asset Consulting has pulled all our knowledge and expertise into one area.
Here we provide undergraduates, graduates, novice job hunters and experienced professionals with a step-by-step guide to help you strengthen your employee credentials, boost your job search and help you through the hiring process.
Put simply, the resources below will help you carve out an exciting, lucrative and satisfying career at the heart of the financial, accounting and legal industries within Scotland and the UK.

1. Graduate job search

a. What to do with a lower second class degree?


With so many candidates to choose from, the 2:1 degree has become the minimum default grade for most graduate programmes.
But what if you didn’t quite make the grade? In such a competitive job market, what do you do if you have a 2:2?
Here are five tips to help you put your 2:2 behind you …more

b. How to choose, manage and work with recruitment agencies

A professional, experienced and expert recruitment agency can provide valuable support in helping you find your dream job.
But if you have not used a consultancy before, or are new to the job market, it can be difficult to distinguish good recruiters from bad.
Also, if you end up using more than one agency, it can be a challenge managing them in your best interests.
In this article, we provide advice on how to get the best from recruitment consultancies …more

2. Getting a job interview

a. LinkedIn Profile Extreme Makeover

LinkedIn is becoming an increasingly important resource for assisting people in their job search. It is also used more widely by employers and recruiters alike.
Since its inception in 2002, LinkedIn has made many enhancements to its platform. If you created a profile several years ago, it’s time to give it a makeover.
Here are 10 ways to improve your presence on LinkedIn, and in turn boost your chances to securing that dream job ...more

b. Anatomy of a Successful CV

Writing your first CV or updating an old one probably feels like a daunting task that will take hours or even days to complete.
There is a massive amount of advice you can find about writing CVs, whether it’s how to make your CV stand out or five different templates that will get you an interview. We’re spoilt for choice online – but this can make it even more difficult to start writing.
That’s why we’re providing you with the basics of what you need to include …more

c. Assessment Centres: How to shine

An assessment centre can be a daunting experience for most of us. But it can also be a great career opportunity if you approach it properly.
We’ve pulled together some useful advice on what to expect at an assessment centre and how you can excel.
Follow this, and next time you are asked to attend an assessment centre, you may even look forward to it …more

3. Interview tips that really work

a. ‘Walk me through your CV’: How to answer well

At most job interviews you will be asked to ‘walk’ the interviewer through your CV. Despite the frequency of this question, it’s surprising how many candidates overlook this aspect of the interview.
Arguably, the CV walkthrough is the most important part. It’s certainly one of the few areas of an interview where you are in charge.
In this article, we give you all you need to make a very positive impression …more

b. Competency-Based Interviews: How to Succeed

Competency-based interview questions are often used by employers to go beyond a candidate’s skills and experience.
It is a means to explore an applicant’s behaviours, thought processes and how they handle various work situations.
Given the nature of a competency-based interview, it’s vital that you prepare in advance with strong examples and well-structured responses.
Our guide gives you all you need to excel in these interview situations …more

c. Second Interview Questions: Beware of bear traps

It is rare these days to be offered a new job after just one interview. Second – and even third – interviews are becoming increasingly common.
But how do you ensure you’re successful in any second interview? Do you just prepare as you did for the first? Or should you be aware of different scenarios?
In this article, we look at the different formats a second interview can take, and the potential traps you can inadvertently fall into …more

4. Moving from job offer to your dream job

a. Job offers, counter offers and competing offers

Being offered your dream job should be a time for celebration. But if your current employer makes a bid to keep you – known as a counter offer – it can suddenly become very stressful.
You may be thrown into heated negotiations with your manager, HR, a recruitment consultant, and your prospective new employer.
Navigating through these conversations so you keep everyone onside, and most importantly not to ruin your chances of that dream job, takes real skills and well-honed diplomatic skills.
Find out how to successfully handle the offer stage …more

b. Resigning the right way

Resigning well from a job can be much harder than many people expect. It’s tempting to use it as a platform to air grievances and sometimes it can be hard to resist taking your foot off the gas.
But if you resign badly it can damage needlessly your long-term career prospects. It can sour relationships which might be needed in the future, and undo all the hard work you’ve put in over the years.
By following our 5 resignation tips, you should avoid all these mistakes and leave with your professional reputation intact, or even enhanced …more

c. How to pass pre-employment checks

More and more employers are carrying out background checks on new hires. The process shouldn’t be seen as a formality and applicants have been known to have the offers of employment withdrawn if they fail
the checks.
Reasons for failure can range from misstated job titles to poor credit history to undisclosed criminal convictions.
In this article, we give you advice on how to increase your chances of passing pre-employment checks and in doing so help shorten what can be a long and frustrating process …more

5. Financial, accounting and legal career advice

a. Paraplanners: A Career Guide

Paraplanner is quite a new job title in the world of financial services. As the sector has evolved, so has paraplanning. Within many wealth managers and financial advisory firms, it is now a specialism all its own.
Historically part of the financial planner’s role, paraplanning is partly a result of the growing complexity of the financial world.
Here we examine what a paraplanner does, what types of people are best suited to the profession and what career opportunities are available …more

b. 7 career paths for newly-qualified accountants

If you’ve just become a newly-qualified accountant, congratulations! You now have several career paths from which to choose.
In this guide, we map out the main options available to you as an accountant and look at what each accountancy and finance career looks like.
By the end, you will be in a much stronger position to make the right decisions about your accounting career …more

c. 18 Career Paths for New Solicitors (And How to Choose the Right One)

If you are a newly-qualified solicitor entering the Scottish market in 2018, a great many career paths are available to you.

However, this amount of choice creates problems of its own. How do you choose?

To help, we’ve put together a guide outlining the various legal sectors and specialisms common in Scotland. …more

6. Professional qualifications

a. The Investment Management Certificate (IMC) Qualification: Investing in My Career?

The Investment Management Certificate is a widely-recognised professional qualification within the fund management industry.
But what does the IMC involve? Who is it suitable for? And does it improve your career prospects within the industry?
We look at the benefits and disadvantages of undertaking the Investment Management Certificate, giving you the information you need to assess whether it’s the right qualification for you …more

b. Chartered Financial Analyst - CFA Qualifications & Exam

The Chartered Financial Analyst qualification (CFA) is the cornerstone qualification of the fund management and investment analyst community.
It involves a serious commitment of your time – several hundred hours of study – and a significant cost to the employer or individual.
Who should undertake the CFA? Is it only for portfolio managers and investment analysts or is it a worthy investment for professionals in other areas of the financial services industry? We investigate …more

c. Will an MBA boost your financial sector career?

A Masters in Business Administration (MBA) has for many years been viewed as a route into senior management. But MBAs also involve a huge commitment of time and money.
But how much weight does this professional qualification carry within the financial services industry? Is the time and effort worth it? Will it really boost your career prospects or is it a poor substitute for on-the-
job experience?
In this article, we explore how much value employers put on an MBA and whether other alternatives are worth considering …more


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