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Maximising your job search

Carrying out an effective job search is an essential undertaking for finding a new role. There are various tactics that can be employed that will help you get the most out of your job search and we’re going to share the most effective ways we’ve found.

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Career planning

It’s strange that for one of the most prominent activities in adult life (work), so few people actively plan where they want their career to head.

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Dealing with counter offers

Most candidates will at some point during their working career face the prospect of receiving a counter offer. And knowing their worth and what to do with one can result in some uncertainty. So we’ve shared our simple guide about dealing with counter offers below.

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Avoid these interview mistakes at all costs

Avoid these interview mistakes at all costs

We know that interviews can be pretty nerve-wracking even for the most well-prepared of candidates. Everyone can be forgiven a few mistakes and showing that they’re really human, no matter how polished their performance is… but we’d caution against asking certain interview questions or avoiding these mistakes, that whilst not deal-breakers don’t necessarily reflect well on you as a potential candidate.

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Why is your commute important?

Typical commuting expectations

When searching for a new job, what’s important to you? Salary? Company culture? Role responsibilities?  Whether you’ve considered it yet or not, when weighing up job offers, the commute you could be undertaking on a daily basis is extremely important.

A “bad” commute can have a negative impact on mental health, overall job satisfaction and can leave you out of pocket. According to research conducted by the University of West England, just a 20-minute increase in commute time is as bad as a 19% per pay cut for job satisfaction.

But what commute is reasonable and what is not? There is a number of factors to take into account when working out the pros and cons of whether a certain commute works for you.

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Staying in touch with your new employee through their notice period

It’s important to stay in contact with your new hire/s before their start date. A lot can happen in their notice period, they might accept an offer with another company or may decide to stay in their current role. Therefore, a pre-boarding process is important to ensure your new employee feels like part of your team before they even arrive on day one. 

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How to start your career in accounting

With salaries up to £25,000 before being fully qualified, it’s easy to see why accounting jobs are attractive to those with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Although entry into the profession without a degree is possible, candidates with formal qualifications have the edge over those who don’t in this highly competitive industry. It can take anywhere from 6 months to 5 years to study to become an accountant dependent on the type of accountant you want to become and what qualification you pursue.

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Drive safely this winter with NC Associates

NC Associates, the North West’s most innovative Accountancy and Finance recruitment agency, takes the safety of its candidates very seriously. With temperatures predicted to drop over the coming week, whether you are going to an interview or just travelling from A to B, you should consider the following tips to help you to stay safe on the roads this winter.

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What does Brexit mean for finance jobs?

IMPACTS OF BREXIT

Within the first 24 hours of the referendum result rumours were spreading on the BBC of French banks pulling out of London and Morgan Stanley moving 2,000 jobs to Frankfurt and Dublin. There was a sharp drop in the value of sterling and markets around the world saw a decline in value. There was panic within parliament and finance professionals working diligently to ensure their companies were in a stable position.

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