Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Have you considered relocating to advance your career?





 RELOCATION COULD BE THE ANSWER!!

ADVANCE YOUR PUBLIC PRACTICE CAREER

TAX     AUDIT     CORPORATE FINANCE      ACCOUNTANCY

Relocating can open up new opportunities you hadn't considered before to help enhance your career to develop your skills and experience. The other thing to bear in mind is that it doesn't need to be forever, you can always relocate back home or onto somewhere else further down the line. We can help you with that too!

So....have you thought  about relocating? I don't mean to the other side of the world, there are plenty of fantastic career opportunities on your UK doorstep; for example Milton Keynes and Northampton with rail and road links to the rest of the UK, so you are never very far from anywhere.

I have been involved in recruiting to the accountancy profession from the mid 90's and there has always been a demand for experienced professionals to work in Public Practice for a variety of roles but namely in; audit, tax, accountancy and corporate finance and at Wavelength we have helped develop the careers of qualified and part qualified professionals, many of whom are now Partners in their own firms. Whilst at the same time helping firms to grow and develop their own respective businesses by coming up with the right staff to complement their set up and goals.

One of the areas we have had success in is opening up the eyes for candidates to consider relocating to fulfil their dream move which may not be forthcoming in their current location, or there is just too much competition for the roles available and not everyone can have that job!




A tax role we have recently taken on might be of interest if you are interested in developing your tax career. Take a look at this fantastic opportunity for a tax manager with an independent firm in an autonomous role.   A great opportunity to advance your career as a senior member of the firm. 

For more general roles please visit our website for  to see the many opportunities we are currently recruiting for at all levels. 
 


 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Have you considered relocating to realise your dreams?




So you have qualified having completed your professional accountancy exams. What do you do next?

Have you thought  about relocating? I don't mean to the other side of the world, there are plenty of fantastic career opportunites on your UK doorstep; for example Milton Keynes and Northampton with rail and road links to the rest of the UK, so you are never very far from anywhere.


I have been involved in recruiting to the accountancy profession from the mid 90's and there has always been a demand for experienced professionals to work in Public Practice for a variety of roles but namely in; audit, tax, accountancy and corporate finance and at Wavelength we have helped develop the careers of qualified and part qualified professionals, many of whom are now Partners in their own firms. Whilst at the same time helping firms to grow and develop their own respective businesses by coming up with the right staff to complement their set up and goals.


One of the areas we have had success in is opening up the eyes for candidates to consider relocating to fulfil their dream move which may not be forthcoming in their current location, or there is just too much competition for the roles available and not everyone can have that job!


Please visit our website for  examples of the many opportunities we are currently recruiting for.
 
Clearly relocating  is a big decision for anyone to make and will require much consideration before making a full commitment but we are here to help make a smooth transition, ensure we come up with the right role, the right firm and make the interview process as seamless as possible. We can also give you tips and advice on the location you are considering. 

Things to think about
  • Cost of living including house prices / rent – are you considering moving to a more affluent area and is this reflected in market salary levels. The converse to that is, if the salary level is lower is that also reflected in a lower cost of living? For example at Wavelength we have helped relocate many candidates out of London who are amazed at what they can get for their money out here in the regions.
  • Schools and facilities –  if you are moving family with you, you need to give thought to the schools in the area in terms of reputation and access so you know where your children can get in and if you have pre-school children are there suitable facilities / services available for you to utilise?
  • Road / rail networks – How easy will it be to keep in touch with friends and family with either you visiting them or them coming to see you?
Relocating can open up new opportunities you hadn't considered before to help enhance your career to develop your skills and experience. The other thing to bear in mind is that it doesn't need to be forever, you can always relocate back home or onto somewhere else further down the line. We can help you with that too!

If you want to consider relocating for a Public Practice roles in Beds, Bucks, Herts, Leics or Northants please contact us at Wavelength by emailing colin@waverecruit.com 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Great recruitment agencies aren’t just a fairy tale

 
We received this testimonial from a candidate which prompted us to write this. I guess it’s the story of the frustrated candidate looking for the next step in his career, which of course has a happy ending!

Having applied for a variety of roles via job boards Michael finds himself swept along on a tide of unsuitable jobs and job interviews driven by agencies simply looking to fill a job at any cost.
As a result, by the time we were approached by Michael he was unsurprisingly demoralised, frustrated and perhaps didn’t really understand our insistence that we needed to meet with him before we could progress his application.
Michael came to meet with us and in doing so allowed us to fully assess what he was looking for and find the best way to match his needs with that of the Practice market and of a future employer.
By taking the time to look at his skills and discovering more about him, his personality his aspirations meant we were quickly able to identify the ideal firm. We secured him an interview and he was given everything he needed to prepare; including a full brief of the role, the firm, its team, their portfolio,  systems and so on.  This gave him the confidence to relax, prepare his answers and focus on making sure he delivered the best interview possible. 
The happy ending???  Of course Michael was offered the job!  After a month in post Michael sent us this:

“I was very apprehensive when considering a change in my career. I had lost a lot of confidence in agents after numerous dead end interviews and poor advice.  One meeting with Colin restored any faith I had lost. I had one interview which was successful and I couldn’t have thought of working for a better company than I am working for now.
Thank you for all your hard work.  It’s nice to know there are agents that actually care for the candidates that earn them a living.”
In two paragraphs Michael has summed up our ethos and why we're good at what we do! 

Can you say the same for any agencies you use?  If not then give us a call 01604 768000

The Public Practice Specialist

#PublicPracticeJobs

Friday, 7 July 2017

Looking to up the pace? Then corporate finance could be the answer...



After you have completed your ACA exams and qualified as a member of the ICAEW you will no doubt have a number of people telling you what you should do next.  There will be a raft of roles suggested and one of them should be to pursue a career in Corporate Finance, which could mean working in public practice or in-house for a commercial organisation.

Corporate Finance is a dynamic and fast paced discipline which a lot of people going through their initial training will not know too much about but if you get into the right position you will undoubtedly benefit from enriched skills development as well as reaping significant long term financial rewards.

Corporate Finance work allows you to get involved various types and level of work including the following:

  • Business acquisitions
  • Business finance raising
  • Drafting proposal and tender documents
  • Succession planning and business disposals
  • Strategic planning, business plans and financial forecast
  • Tax efficient corporate restructuring and incentives (share schemes)
  • Company and business valuations
  • Financial and commercial due diligence and business reviews
You will deal closely with an array of professionals including; finance providers and solicitors as well as working closely with entrepreneurs and business owners generally which will require great co-ordination and good communication skills.

The types of qualities that you need to be successful in the world of Corporate Finance include the following:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Ability to communicate well with clients in conversation and in writing
  • Being a strong team player and can demonstrate excellent team-working skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines and roll up your sleeves when you really need to
If you are qualified and interested in being considered for a career in Corporate Finance please contact us at Wavelength to discuss further.

As an example; we are currently dealing with a position with an Independent firm which can offer an excellent first step into the Corporate Finance field where you would work closely in a small team and have the opportunity to learn in post and offers progression in the medium to long term.......
Click here to view our latest Corporate Finance Vacancy 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

ONCE YOU HAVE QUALIFIED....WHAT NEXT....TAX ?



LIVE THE DREAM!!


So... you have completed your ACA or ACCA training and qualified and trained in Public Practice; what do you do now? There are a number of options available in terms of the career path you can now take but you may also find that the options available will depend on your experience gained through training.

Typical career paths include:
  • Audit and Assurance 
  • General Practice
  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Advisory
  • Taxation
  • Insolvency / Business Recovery
  • Forensics
 In this edition we will focus on Taxation.



Taxation usually encompasses the following areas:


•      Corporate
•      Personal
•      Indirect Tax (e.g VAT and Excise Duties) 
•      Employment tax
•      Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance, trusts and estates.
•      Overseas
•      Forensics
(Providing expert opinion and services to attorneys, businesses and government agencies)


This wide reach of taxation means that usually you will choose to specialise in one or two of the above areas rather than attempt to be an expert in all disciplines. This will also primarily depend on who you are employed by; a larger firm will usually have specialist departments dedicated to one area, whereas the smaller independent firm will usually have a generalist able to assist with corporate and personal tax as well as VAT, however more technical issues involving trusts, estates, international taxes and investigations etc will be dealt with by a consultant or by a larger firm. 

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) 

The CIOT is the senior professional body in the UK concerned solely with all aspects of taxation. It maintains standards, organises training conferences, lobbies for the improvement and simplification of tax law, and makes recommendations to the Government.
Routes to a career in Tax will usually either be as a tax trainee completing the ATT then CIOT exams, or following completion of a professional qualification in Accountancy or Law, the CIOT exams can then be taken.

Follow this link to the CIOT Website which will give you loads of background information and in particular explain the eligibility requirements to register for the exams http://bit.ly/2t1SHf2 and you can also see details on the syllabus http://bit.ly/2ssM9Jt 
So What do you do next?

If you have trained in Practice and have had some exposure to taxation and interested in exploring the possibility of pursuing a career in tax and want some advice please contact us at Wavelength through our website at www.waverecruit.com

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

In times of uncertainty changing your job can still be achieved and here's how.


In times of uncertainty as we are currently with Brexit, North Korea, who can rightfully clai victory in the General Election and what will that mean to the economy and are we actually going to have a Summer this year, it can be perceived it is the wrong time to change jobs. This can be true in some circumstances but if carefully managed a career change can be achieved at any time.  The key is to ensure the best match is made and all the necessary research is completed before committing to the move.

One of the most important decisions will be how you are going to go about it. Will you go it alone, pitching your CV onto a series of public job boards, a quick update of your linkedin profile and then hope for the best? Or do you enlist the expertise of a recruitment consultant?(That's where we come in).

“Bit old fashioned? Surely it’s all about technology/social media/online presence...?” Well no, it most definitely isn’t.  Not if you choose well.  Just like the recent trend for retro, vintage niche, bespoke products, their appeal is not just aesthetic, it’s about discretion, individuality, specialist knowledge, attention to detail, exceptional service levels, personal tailored offerings.

That, right there, is exactly what the right recruitment consultant should be providing. (Again...which is where we come in).   
Choose well and your consultant with help you to secure the perfect role without broadcasting your personal details across the market, they will help you to identify exactly what you need and help you to secure the role that matches with your short and long term aspirations.  They will know which firms match your personality, which firms you will work best with and weed out those that don’t.

So if you’re considering a move, keep your approach exclusive and discerning, take your time and enlist an expert and the climate of uncertainty should only be the smallest part of the decision making process.
At Wavelength we specialise in providing accountancy staff to Professional firms of Accountants, from trainee to direct Partner entry. As Public Practice recruitment specialists we recruit for any size of firm, from the sole trader and small partnership to the middle and top tier firms. We match the candidate to the client and the client to the candidate. 
At Wavelength your time will not be wasted!! www.waverecruit.com

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

What is the purpose of LinkedIn?? Networking or headhunt tool?









Time to be a bit contentious but I am interested to see how others view the use of LinkedIn. We all get the updates through telling us that our profile has been viewed and how powerful our respective profiles can make us. We get an email through exclaiming..... "See how well your profile stands out from the crowd. A profile view from the right person is a step closer to your next career move."

My understanding of the whole point of LinkedIn was that it would be a networking tool rather than a candidate database making you easy prey for the "head-hunters" out there, though the term "headunter " should be used loosely!! The idea I thought was that LinkedIn would make it easier for businesses to network with each other and cross sell services to help develop business and therefore the economy as a whole  rather than a good way to get rid of all your employees and encourage businesses to suffer....and therefore the economy as a whole.

So the question is, are you (The LinkedIn user....and likely to be a business owner or manager of people ) happy that all your staff are on LinkedIn apparently for the purpose of standing out to bring their next career move closer and to encourage being headhunted? (Even those that just joined you 2 weeks ago...I have seriously known that to happen to a candidate we placed in a new position).

Clearly I only posted this  so a headhunter might spot it, be suitably impressed and offer me a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Watch this space for an update.