Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers

This Month's Hot Topic

When we are children, we all have our own idea of what we want to be when we “grow up”. For some of us, hard work throughout our schooling years makes that idea become a reality. For the rest of us, life gets in the way and halts our progress towards making this idea a reality. Maybe you could not afford university straight out of college, or wanted a gap year which turned into five years. So, you applied for every and any job you could just to get some income coming in, with the plan you would save for university to finally get your ideal job. But, either you did not manage to save the money, or you decided that your current job is not actually that bad. Enter the present day, where you are finding yourself thinking of your ideal job again and how you can attain it. So, where do you start on this reignited goal path?  

If your ideal job is in your current industry, your goal may be easier to attain as there are likely better and easier ways to upskill and climb the career ladder, such as in-work training which many businesses offer to upskill their employees, so take advantage of this. Also, your employer will probably have little against you using work time (if necessary) to sit important exams should you decide to return to study whilst remaining in your current job, as having an employee who is willing to put in the extra effort and upskill in their own time and at their own cost is an asset to their business. Some industries also require you to have in-work experience, so having a current job in the industry will put you ahead of the rest and make it so much easier throughout your course of study, especially if you are studying by correspondence as you will not have regular, face-to-face contact with your lecturers to ask questions, but if you are in the industry then your manager or boss is likely in a position to know the answers you seek.

Here are 5 other tips to getting the job you want:

  1. Upskill
    This is what we just discussed, but it is crucial when aiming for your ideal job. If you are planning on having your own company, you not only have to think about upskilling your industry-specific skills, but also working on your business owner/employer skills.

  2. Enquire, even if there is no vacancy
    If your goal is to become a manager or leader in your field, start making enquiries within your current employment, as well as outside of this, to make it known that you are wanting a position with more responsibility. This will put you first in the recruiter’s mind when a vacancy opens, and ensure you do not miss any relevant in-house vacancies by your employer not being aware you would be interested in applying. You could also consider requesting to “shadow” someone in your current employment in the position you seek, so you can learn first-hand what is involved, what skills you will need to gain or improve, and if the role really is what you want before you apply for the role yourself.

  3. Set goals
    Setting goals is key. Write down your main goal, which is the job you would like to attain. Then, write down mini-goals to help you get to this point, such as completing a certification or getting work experience.

  4. Do more than just say you are interested, show you are interested
    Saying you are looking to gain a higher position or asking to be considered if a vacancy opens up is certainly a good idea, as it makes it known that you are interested and therefore you are more likely to find out about vacancies to enable you to submit your application. However, saying you are interested is not as impressive as showing you are interested. Start making an effort now to prove you are ready for the role by taking on more responsibility within your current role; embark on a course of study or take up training opportunities whenever they arise to prove you are willing to work hard to reach the level necessary for the role; show your worth by going the extra mile whenever and wherever you can - even if this means making a cup of coffee, it shows you are keen to do whatever it takes to get what you want.  

  5. Do not stop
    Maybe you have been declined for 50 roles to date, or study is not going as well as you had hoped. No matter what negatives occur on your path to attaining your ideal job, you must face these head on, find solutions, and keep going. Persistence is key; not only for you to get your ideal job, but it also shows future employers that you are resilient, passionate and hard-working.

Remember to keep that in mind - once you attain your ideal job, that does not mean the hard work stops. Remember to always learn and educate yourself so you can become a real expert. For me, the learning never stops. One of my KPIs over the last 2 years was to extend my studies further to ensure I am well-trained, knowledgeable and an expert in my field. Also, if your ideal job is to be the head of your own company, you must consider factors such as becoming an employer, or outsourcing certain aspects of your business such as handing over the basic administration aspects of your company to an external administrator, or to an in-house employee, so that you can focus on what you are good at - being the expert, and leading your company to success.

Remember – if you are an ICNZB member, you have access to our closed Facebook group.  It  is the perfect place to ask other Bookkeepers who have “been there, done that” questions around hiring your first employee.

Wishing you a great month ahead.

Lisa Martin

Vice President