Category Archives: Careers Management

Marketing Yourself to Prospective Employers

In the commercial world, marketing plays a huge role in helping companies find potential customers who want whatever they are offering and then ensuring it is available to them at the right price.

Why then wouldn’t NHS Accountants want to use similar principles to help them influence potential employers? Below are a few techniques to help you, as an NHS Accountant, to advance your career. Continue reading

7 Steps to Winning at Interviews

Right, so you’ve considered your own characteristics and those of your ideal job, done your networking, made yourself known to your targets in advance of any job being advertised, then “bingo!” an ideal vacancy is advertised. You apply for it using tips provided on this site (see “Producing a Winning NHS Jobs Application”), and you get an interview. So far so good, you have done well. However, you still have to negotiate that all-important final hurdle – the recruitment interview. Continue reading

Producing a Winning NHS Jobs Application

There is considerable pressure on many NHS Finance people at present. Everywhere I go, people are preparing for their next move. I have written other articles particularly geared towards career management (see “Moving Your Career Up a Level” and “Marketing Yourself to Prospective Employers” elsewhere on the ‘News and Articles’ page of this site) and offer a specialist coaching programme “Taking Your Career to the Next Level” (see the ‘My Services’ page of this site). Essentially, the groundwork to secure the job you want is largely done way before a job is even advertised, through the people that you know and who view you positively. However, as part of a multi-strategy job search it is vital to be able to produce an application which appropriately showcases what you can bring to the job. Continue reading

How to Move your Career up a Level

In these times of austerity, there is considerable pressure on public services.  This takes many forms, from the constant pressure to find further efficiency savings, to public discontent with the services themselves, to the clamour to bring terms and conditions of public sector staff more into line with those of the private sector.  Back office services are less favourably regarded than front-line services, often being seen as the primary target for efficiencies.  Finance staff seem to suffer particularly in these times, as they are often the ones people rely on to make new arrangements work.

The tendency in these times is for people to lower their expectations career-wise.  They think that they should feel ‘lucky to have a job’ and are influenced by popular opinion that ‘there just aren’t any jobs out there.’ Continue reading