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What to do after getting rejected from a job application

In today’s blog, we talk about the worst part of the job search process: rejections. It can be extremely hard getting a rejection, especially if you’ve made your way through the application, assessment and interview process, only to be rejected at the final stage. So, what should you do after a rejection to make the …

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Why are you not getting a job?

You’ve applied for countless jobs, done many assessments and had a number of interviews but you still haven’t been successful – so, why are you not getting a job? The job market is extremely competitive. Often we see hundreds of applications for a role in accounting or finance. There are a few reasons why you …

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Common Financial Statement Ratios

A common topic requested by our students is financial statement analysis. Financial statement analysis is not a topic that can be covered in one day! In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the very basics of financial statement analysis, starting with common financial ratios that accountants and finance professionals often look at when analyzing a …

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Common CV mistakes

We often help clients recruit for open accounting positions. This includes using online assessments to test technical knowledge, but before candidates are even put forward for a technical assessment, we review their CVs. There are a few common CV mistakes that will move your CV directly into the “do not consider” pile! Make sure you …

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Writing a cover letter

Now that your CV is in great shape (and if it isn’t read our blog post about tailoring your CV to an accounting role), you need to be ready to draft a cover letter for each position you apply for. A cover letter gives you the opportunity to highlight to the employer why you’re a …

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How to professionally resign from your job

This week’s blog post is about something that is uncomfortable and awkward – which is why we’re addressing it! We’re talking about resigning – leaving your current job for another opportunity. Every employer and manager knows that their staff will not stay with them forever. They understand that new opportunities arise and that eventually even …

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Your first week of work

You aced your interview and got your dream job! But now, you’re nervous – you need to get ready for this new role! What are some of the most important things to do on your first week on the job? In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few things to keep in mind as you …

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Interview Dos and Don’ts

In a past post, we covered how to prepare for an interview. Preparation is an important step, but only one step in the process. Once you have adequately prepared for an interview, you need to ace the actual interview! In this post, we will cover some of the Dos and Don’ts of how to conduct …

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