What Are the Best Ways to Network With Local Professionals When Looking for a New Job?

November 16th, 2018

Finding a great new job isn’t easy, but who you know can make a world of difference. If you have a connection at a company you’re interested in, you’re more likely to get the job.

Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing cannot emphasize enough the importance of networking. Our top Seattle recruiters know how much weight the right contact can add to your candidacy, so it’s time to start networking up a storm. Here’s a few tips to help put yourself out there.

Four Best Ways to Network With Local Professionals

Join a Professional Association

Getting involved with a local accounting or finance professional association is a fantastic way to meet like-minded contacts. There’s several local options — i.e., the Washington Association of Accounting & Tax Professionals, Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Seattle chapter of the Accounting & Finance Women’s Alliance — so find one or two that best meet your needs. As a member, you’ll receive invitations to events like happy hours, dinners, seminars, and other functions where you’ll have the opportunity to network.

Attend Meetups

An alternate to professional associations, accounting and finance Meetups offer the chance to connect with other industry professionals. Attend mixers and other educational events, where you’ll have the opportunity to grow both your network and your skills. Putting yourself out there might make you nervous, but doing so can give your job search a major boost.

Reach Out to Your Network

Making new contacts should be a priority during your search, but keeping in touch with existing connections is also important. Inform your network that you’re seeking new opportunities, so they can keep their eyes and ears open. There’s a good chance you’ll find several leads this way, because people enjoy helping peers they know and trust.

Work With a Recruiter

Taking on a staffing partner is a smart way to navigate your search. Your recruiter will help you figure out the right direction for your career, review your resume, and work with you to prepare for interviews. They’ll also use their own contacts to help you get an ‘in’ with reputable local companies, including many opportunities filled only through recruiters that you won’t find out about without one. The best part is, all these services are absolutely free to job seekers!

Ready to start a new chapter in your accounting career? Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing is here to connect you with top Seattle area employers. Get in touch today to start your search for the temporary/contract, contract-to-hire, or direct-hire opportunity of your dreams!

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