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Now that you have your accounting degree and are ready to enter the industry, you focus is on getting a job and advancing career. You want a job where you can be happy, and you are likely also thinking about upward mobility. You can’t just think about the job you can get know; you also want to think about the career you hope to one day have. You need to begin taking steps to set yourself up to move forward in your career. Below is some advice to get you started.

1. Network

You might not feel comfortable putting yourself out there, but networking is one of the most important ways to get your name out there. Unfortunately, getting a great job is not just about having a great set of skills; it is often about who you know. The more contacts you can make in the industry and the more people you can impress, the more likely you are to get the job you want. If you feel awkward talking to others, practice it just like you would any other skill. Do research on networking and get friends to help you through role-play until you feel comfortable.

2. Think Beyond Your Accounting Skills

Obviously, your skills at accounting are the most important facet of your skillset, but these skills are not the only attribute that will get you a job. There will be many accountants with the same skills as you. You have to do something to set yourself apart. You can do this by being charming and proving that you are a team player. Show your future employer that you will be an asset in more ways than just accounting and that you care about the welfare of the company.

3. Know What Makes You Special

One of the best ways to market yourself is to know what makes you special. First, you need to know the skills the make you a good accountant, like your computation skills or your attention to detail. If you know any specific programs, have won any awards or have completed any special courses like Xero courses, you should make a note of that. Anything you have done to improve your skills can set you apart. Next, you need to recognize your skills outside of accounting. Maybe you are great at presenting information or working on a team. Make a list of all these skills and use them to your advantage.

4. Set Up a LinkedIn Account

Once you have developed and listed your skills, you are ready to put yourself out in the professional world through a LinkedIn account. Make sure that everything about your profile is professional and highlights your skills. Once your account is set up, start making connections. Connect with people you know and people in your industry. The more connections you make, the better chances you have of meeting that perfect person who can help you move forward in your career.

5. Improve Your CV

Another important step is to create a killer CV. Your CV will often be your employer’s first introduction to you, so you want to make sure that it stands out. Make sure you take all those skills you developed and listed and include them on your CV. You want to make sure your CV sets you apart from all the other applicants.

With some preparation and diligence, you can be on your way to make your name in the accounting industry. Just remember to build your personal brand and highlight what sets you apart from others in the field and your future employers will be sure to notice you.