Five common mistakes when looking for a tax position


Everyone makes mistakes, but it often feels like there’s no room for error at any point in the job search process. Any typo, error, or mistake on a resume can spell doom for even the most qualified candidates. But there’s more to it than avoiding resume and cover letter errors. Here are five things to avoid doing when you’re looking for work as a tax professional. Remember a search firm can always read your resume and help you get an edge against the competition.

Always ask the recruiter where your resume is going

Whether you’re just getting started or have worked for decades as a tax professional, it’s important to stay in control of your candidate profile throughout the process. When working with a recruiter or search firm, it’s essential to always ask where your resume is going and who you are being presented to as a potential candidate. Any recruiter not informing you where they distribute your resume is likely sending it to as many employers as possible because you unwittingly gave the recruiter permission to send it out. A good way to stay in control is to ensure you’re informed as resumes are distributed, and to always work with a reliable search firm with many years of experience.

Ensure your resume is ready

How often do you look over your resume when you’re ready to start the search? Have you had it reviewed by someone other than yourself? For example, it’s not uncommon for search firms to ensure a resume is taking advantage of a format and style that allows you to present as much information about yourself in as few pages as possible. A second or third opinion, especially from a recruiter or search firm, also gives essential feedback on how to improve your resume for any particular potential employers. The resume is a very important first impression, and it requires careful thinking to prepare for career success. For example, many candidates waste essential real estate on their resumes by having unnecessarily wide margins.

Prepare properly before your interviews

Interviewing is always a challenge. As it is, it can be intimidating to meet with a firm or business’s key executives, as well as your hiring manager, not to mention your future coworkers. But what’s even more intimidating is the inability to know just what they’ll ask, just the need to prepare for as many questions as possible. In reality, you’ll never know what you’re going to be asked until you walk up to the door, but search firms can lend a hand especially with the interview process. A search firm can help you articulate your work experience, work experience, and help you research the employer so you can let your charisma and knowledge shine through any interview.

Tell yourself what you learned from each meeting

As you interview with an employer, always take the time to reflect on that experience. The worst thing you can ever tell yourself is that you’ve done well, but not know how and why you did well. A great way to simplify this is to grab a business card at each interview and to write down what you learned from that conversation. Even the most basic information, from specific compliments, to questions asked, or even hobbies expressed can be valuable later in the interview process. It shows your interest in not just trying to find a career, but to find a team you’ll grow with and ultimately foster success within. Working with a search firm helps you stay ahead of these post-interview steps, and gives you a chance at being as success as these recent candidates too.

Always communicate your value

A final piece of advice for potential candidates in tax is to always communicate your value. Just as real estate agents are always closing, you should be always communicating your value to your hiring manager, future coworkers, company or firm executives, and anyone else who wants to know why you want that career. The way to differentiate one’s self is to focus on your positive value as a byproduct of your work experience, interests, and abilities.
All of this is a lot to decipher and understand, and just a taste of what a good search firm can offer any candidate in the search process. For tax professionals in need of some expert help, then consider the Tax Recruiting Specialists (TRS) at the Jay Heino Company, LLC to help you discover new opportunities. TRS has worked for more than 35 years to help candidates of all experience levels achieve success in the search process. Call us today at (516) 791-1958 or email us at to get started, or take a look at our current openings.

Why a search firm matters when finding your next job

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Are you ready to make the next move for your career? Exploring for new employment opportunities can be both exciting and scary. There’s no joy like finding that ideal job, and no fear like the endless hours you may spend submitting resumes, researching employers, and preparing for that interview. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. There is a way to get through this entire process more easily with the help of a search firm that specializes in your career niche.

How search firms help you get hired

There is no secret formula to find the job of your dreams. Everyone however wants any edge they can get at finding an ideal career, and that’s where a search firm and its expert recruiters can come in to increase your odds of success. A search firm is a matchmaking service that specializes in helping you discover potential career opportunities, such as current openings, while helping employers identify exceptional talent for their companies and firms. A niche search firm specializes in helping candidates and employers within a specific field, such as tax recruitment. If you’ve never worked with a search firm before when searching for work, you might be wondering what the fuss is all about. Here are some important advantages many candidates gain from working with a search firm during the job search.

  1. You gain a better sense of the market

Search firms are experts at matching highly qualified talent with employers who desire their skills. An ideal search firm to work with offers decades of experience in specific recruitment niches, understanding more than any job description can offer on how well you’d match as a candidate. When you work with a search firm, you can often gain access to niche expertise you need when testing the waters for a new career. Recruiters know the average salaries, years of experience, and other details that can match you with a job you may not even realize you qualify for. They also know what skills are in demand, and what’s worth sharing on your resume to get an edge in the interview process.

  1. You cast yourself a wider net

No matter how many resumes you submit online, a search firm has a unique advantage in the search process. Because a recruiter works with both candidates and employers, they already have direct access to a company or firm and the positions they wish to fill. They also know exactly what the employer wants in more ways than a job posting can describe, and have a proverbial foot in the door. When you work with a search firm, you have the opportunity to be presented to potential employers as opposed to hoping your resumes and job application make it past the HR department. A good recruiter cares about your success and will work to find you opportunities, giving you a wider range of potential jobs to consider.

  1. You get access to coaching and other resources

No one makes a full time job out of being a candidate trying to get hired, but a recruiter is an expert who works full time at helping candidates get hired. A good search firm is one that’s looking out for your personal success and is there to help you at every step of the search process, from discovery, to interviews, and even negotiation. If you’re starting the job search after several years of working, it’s likely been some time since you’ve freshened up your resume, interviewed for a position, or practiced negotiating. Search firms can help you by coaching you through these tasks and giving you essential tips to success during your job search. You also gain access to documents, practice interview questions, and other helpful resources. Boutique firms are especially great since they offer one-on-one consultations and in-depth relationships through the search process. If you’re working with a search firm and they don’t offer these resources or access to coaching, then you may want to consider a different firm.

Get started today with a search firm

It’s essential to have all the tools possible for success in your job search process. We invite you to learn how the Tax Recruiting Specialists (TRS) at the Jay Heino Company, LLC can help you and other tax professionals discover new careers. Call us today at (516) 791-1958 or email us at to get started.

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