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Growth of Remote Jobs in Accounting and Office Work

As the new year approaches, questions circle the job market: How has COVID-19 changed our
world? How will we work during and after the crisis? The truth is, after several months of
upheaval, many companies and most professionals will not return to original work routines.
There has been an increase in remote job searches, more out of preference than necessity,
though wellness is a driving factor. Companies are not certain when they will open their doors
again, and this has generated a growth in remote opportunities for new talent in accounting,
banking, and office work.

New hires know the benefits of working from home: A better work-life balance can be
achieved; there is more flexibility in the work schedule; and, working conditions are more
pleasant, with the comforts of home literally at hand. Recent surveys show most professionals
are happy to continue working from home, if for no other reason than to stay safe.
To manage teams remotely, banks adopted new management procedures that included
technology changes with enhanced security. All employees are educated in cybersecurity,
trained with new skills in phone and online presence, and must agree to remote work policies
that include transparency of work via monitoring tech. After several months, banks and other
financial establishments saw a rising trend in productivity, quality of work, and employee
satisfaction. They also noted savings in office expenses, travel expenses, and other fees which
correspond with running branches. If such trends continue, several offices might stay closed
permanently, and banks will train new hires in an omni-channel network that lets them conduct
most if not all of their work from home.

Finance professionals specialize in a variety of tasks from bookkeeping to evaluating financial
operations to filing taxes. They can give guidance on cost reduction and revenue enhancement,
forecast and provide risk analysis. With such a wide array of skills, these professionals can fill
several roles and work for both private and government employers. Even better, with the times
being what they are, and technology ever adapting to meet the world’s changing needs, a
professional’s work can most times be done from home. The question then is, what does a
professional have to do to find remote work?
With most careers, your ability to stand out from the competition comes down to skills and
training, often backed by experience. Finance professionals should consider taking online
courses in the latest technologies and abilities for their field. This year has been the peak of the
digital age, as businesses continue to develop means to meet customer needs. New hires at
banks and finance establishments will have to know or be able to learn to coordinate with
customers by phone, online chat or video, and use the proper digital tools to maintain finance
books, generate invoices, process payrolls, and catalog business expenses. Those who stay at
the forefront of learning for their field will have a foot in the door on remote opportunities.

New opportunities are regularly posted to social job sites like LinkedIn, and while such channels
are a means to an end in finding new work, getting professional assistance in the job market
can afford you better opportunities. If you are a professional looking for remote work in
Accounting, Banking, or Office Service, BritePros has a highly trained team of recruiters who can
help you find the right job and company culture. Visit our site or contact us today to learn more
about our professional services.

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How to win the job search competition

When you talk about hiring an employee, sometimes it seems that a job applicant prevails because of a favorable convergence of the sun, moon, and stars.

Or, maybe hiring an employee is just like a crap shoot. Or, hiring an employee is like throwing a bunch of darts and hoping that one of them sticks in the target. I have heard all of these references to the process of hiring an employee.

But the fundamental question remains.

What makes one applicant the winner in the job search competition? Employees who were hired did a lot of things right. Better, they did almost nothing wrong. How did Mary get the job?

When comparing candidates, an employer has to differentiate between well-qualified applicants. Applicants who appear to have the qualities, skills, education, experience, and knowledge the employer seeks are invited to interview. One is selected. How do you get to be the one?

Your Personal Presentation Must Make You Stand Out

An effective, targeted, customized resume and cover letter got you in the door. Perhaps a telephone screen allowed you to highlight experience and interest that matched the employer’s needs. You’re on track, and an interview is scheduled.

From this moment forward, the potential employer is assessing your fit for the job, the culture, and the needs and strengths of the team. At this point, the employer is giving you every opportunity to blow your chance.

Your physical appearance matters. It’s the first thing the employer sees. Your clothing, hair, makeup, jewelry, and accouterments make an immediate impression. Make the best possible first impression. Your presentation of yourself as a candidate must be flawless. Unpolished shoes do sink job searches.

Your Interaction During Interviews Either Nails Your Job – or Fails

Your preparation for the interview needs to include formulating specific, professional answers to potential questions. You want to sound knowledgeable, competent, and experienced. You need to be prepared to cite examples of what you have accomplished, contributed, and believe is important. This is not something most people do well off the cuff. Prepare responses.

Pay particular attention to the physical parts of you that will be in evidence throughout an interview across a desk or conference table. Dirty fingernails matter as does that faint stain on your shirt. They send loud messages about your attention to detail and personal care habits.

Relaxed communication is critical. Talk about workplace issues and goals that are important to you. Ask questions to assess whether the culture is a good fit for you. You don’t want to join every organization you encounter in a job search. Trust me; sometimes it’s better to keep looking.

Your Past Will Come Back to Haunt You

Before making an offer, smart employers send out a wide networking inquiry to find people who have known you in your past jobs, professional associations, and community involvement activities. Smart employers also do extensive background checking. What people say about you matters.

You may find it difficult to believe that how you live your life and comport yourself in the workplace matters. But, your values and their manifestation in your work life do matter. Living with integrity, playing well with coworkers, leaving friends – not enemies – in your prior jobs will support you in your job search.

And, when the employer who has the job you really want casts his net to solicit feedback, ensure what people say about you will win you your dream job.

Prepare your references and former supervisors to quickly and professionally return the call of your prospective employer. Smart employers call them and ask many questions. References who are unreachable can torpedo your job offer.

Employers customarily “google” their candidate’s names and do online searches to do a background check of the candidate. If you have odd Internet references to your work, your life, or your background, beware.

If you blog or write a website, your comments will impact hiring decisions. You may never know why you were not hired for the job. The interested employer will ask about their concern, however.

Behave as if Every Interaction Matters – Because They Do

From the initial phone screen or the phone call during which an employer sets up an interview, every interaction matters.

The receptionist has a vote. She or he makes statements like, “I really liked that candidate. He was so nice.” “Did you see how late he was and he never even apologized?” “I didn’t like him at all.”

Additionally, if you are a favored candidate for hiring, the HR staff or the hiring manager will stay closely in touch to give you feedback. They will let you know how the hiring process is progressing because they think you may be the one. When these calls start coming, you still have competition from other job searchers, but you are definitely on the short list.

These interactions and the relationship building are critical to the employer hiring an employee. When the eventual offer comes, you already have a relationship with the new employer. Building the relationship matters.

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How to begin preparing your professional resume

When you begin the resume process, you want to make sure it is professional looking.  Sloppy or disjointed resumes will usually get immediately passed on by the reader.

Before you start writing your resume, you should make sure that you have a professional email address like allen.john@gmail.com, rather than allenlikespizza@gmail.com. After you update your email address, you will want to make sure that you correctly update your personal information like your phone number and address.  You will also want to make sure that you do not put in your marital status, date of birth or photograph.

One of the biggest mistakes often made is showing your address in an area far from your current listed employer.  In doing this you may give the impression that you are working remotely.  So, if you have recently moved please be sure your last employer information shows you have left.

Next month we discuss the proper formatting of your resume to get the attention of the reader.

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