Where Should a Financial Professional Look for a Job?

Vera Starodubtseva,
Head of ACCA Russia

Sooner or later any professional (and the financial field is no exception) starts considering a change of employment and faces the inevitable question of where to look for a job. Often, one search channel is not enough, and one needs to use a variety of options. So, what resources should a financial specialist consider to look for a new role?

1. Using LinkedIn, a professional social networking service, is becoming increasingly popular as a job search method. There are different possible options.

You can use the direct job search by entering keywords into the search box and selecting the Jobs field in the drop-down menu, or set up a job search and receive regular updates, including by email.

It is highly likely that a recruiter or a headhunter themselves will find you and suggest discussing a position. Do not hesitate to take the initiative in expanding your network of contacts and write directly to HR managers.

It can be useful to join specialized groups related to your profession, as well as job search groups. Interesting job vacancy announcements are often published there.

Whatever you choose, make sure you make your profile attractive: fill in the summary, provide contact details and information on your skills, describe your functions and achievements in previous jobs. Recommendations on your profile would provide an additional benefit.

2. Recently, job search and/or headhunting groups have also been gaining popularity on Facebook. There are highly specialized groups, e.g., job vacancies for financial professionals. If you are considering this job search channel, remember that your profile is your face; it serves as your business card and helps an employer get a first impression of you.

3. If you are a member of a professional association, make sure you make use of its resources. Information on job vacancies is included in regular mailings to association members; it is also published in social networks and on special job portals. It is helpful to attend career fairs organized by associations, as they provide a great opportunity to make useful contacts and learn about interesting job vacancies, not all of which may be in the public domain.

4. Do not forget about traditional job search websites, where you have the option to search by job title, employer or keywords (e.g., required professional qualifications).

5. If there are companies that interest you, monitor job vacancies on their official websites. CVs can be sent to the email address for applications (one is nearly always there) or, which is often more efficient, uploaded via a special recruiting system.

6. Professional (industry-specific) websites are also a useful resource; they often include a section on job vacancies. In addition, there are individual websites focused on job opportunities for financial specialists.

7. Another useful channel is staffing and recruitment agencies. You can monitor their job postings and send your CV to recruiters. If you aspire to a top-level position, executive search agencies can be an excellent choice. It is often very fruitful to establish contact with headhunters for the future; moreover, expanding this network is really important for high-caliber candidates. If a suitable vacancy is opened, you will be the first person they get in touch with.

It is quite possible that, for you personally, the most effective tools will be those that you have never used before and perhaps did not even know about. By cleverly using different search channels, a professional will be able to find the best job.