“Candidate availability in general has dropped & NQ is traditionally tough to recruit; I would say demand has never been higher!” - @GleesonRecruit
What are the key skills that employers look for in newly qualified accountants?
“Enthusiasm, problem solving, willingness to take responsibility, communication skills, relationship building skills” - (@GleesonRecruit )
What are students concerned about when looking for a job?
Having only the theory & not having the soft skills e.g. leadership. Also, many are not sure where to start with CV and cover letter writing - @LSBF
Students are concerned that they may not have enough hands-on exp which is why it's important to get work exp asap - @youraat
And how do you address this?
“Try to draw on other experiences. Have you motivated others around you or managed to influence and persuade others?” - @youraat
Definitely work placements and internships as well as extra training and development workshops through your Uni/Bus School - @LSBF
Study support, gaining relevant experience and future career prospects - @jonathanabarber
What advice would you give students looking for work experience?
“Be organised & early in approaching potential businesses & speak to universities about internships” - @GleesonRecruit
Be pro-active, produce a thorough CV, use your network - family, friends, ex- colleagues - @jonathanabarber
I’m graduating in the summer, when should I begin job hunting?
“I always advise job junting 8-12 weeks prior to when you want to begin working” – Emma Felton @LSBF
“You can begin now as many recruiters start early to secure the best talent” - @GAAPweb
“As soon as possible, if you haven't already. Graduate finance posts generally start in September which means you should be searching in your final yr ” - @GleesonRecruit
“Asap. Also look for internship or volunteering opportunities which may be beneficial as a short term option over summer “ - @youraat
“Treat finding a job as a job. Its hard work, takes time and lots of effort” - @jonathanabarber
Should I be looking for an interim or perm role if I’m newly qualified?
“Contract roles are best when you are more experienced as you can ‘hit the ground running’. Permanent for your first role. Build your knowledge, confidence & experience” - @LSBF
Should I opt for private or public sector jobs if just starting out?
“Go to the job which is the best match to the experience you wish to gain. Whether this is public or private sector all experience is useful” - @youraat
“It depends on the type of role you want and how your values compare to those of the organisation. Go to the job which is the best match to the experience you wish to gain. It can be tricky to get back into the private sector after being in the public sector” - @LSBF
Upon qualifying, what is the demand skill/s needed to speed up career progression & substantially increase salary expectations'?
“Supervisory/Team leadership exposure will help a lot.Gaining exposure to interacting with non-finance areas & taking increased responsibility will help” - @GleesonRecruit
Is a psychometric test usual at interviews for NQs?
“Some organisations will certainly use psychometric testing as part of the recruitment process. These are used amongst other assessment tools and can be either cognitive or personality based”. - @youraat
“Increasingly so. Particularly for larger organisations” - @GleesonRecruit
“Absolutely correct. But remember these tests are only trying to find out more about you as a person” - @jonathanabarber
Next week we'll be rounding up the CV & Interview tips from the Tweet up and Dos and Don'ts for PQ and NQ accountants. Watch this space.