Monday, 23 September 2013

Tips to help you land a graduate job in tax

Tips to help you land a graduate job in tax
If you’re hoping to secure a sought after graduate position or entry level role in taxation, you’ll need to pay attention to the little things that can help your application stand out above the rest. Securing an interview is the first step on the path to your new role and there are several things you can do to set yourself apart.

No matter whether you’re a recent graduate, in your final year, or just starting your university journey, these suggestions will help transform your application from boring to brilliant.
  1. Go beyond books
Although it’s important to highlight your academic qualifications, don’t assume that a degree alone will catch the recruiter’s eye. Always outline any industry-related volunteer positions or internships you've undertaken, that show you’re passionate about the sector and willing to work hard. For instance, if you've given time to the ATO's Tax Help program or completed a work placement at a relevant organisation, make sure you spell out these achievements.

Volunteering and work placements can lead to future job opportunities, so approach them with your best foot forward. Ask for references from your superiors and include these in your graduate applications. Emphasising non-academic selling points is key to a model application that will ensure recruiters seek you out.

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  1. Highlight your industry credentials
When applying for a graduate program, it pays to focus on your status as a future professional. Accomplish this by listing significant seminars, talks and professional development opportunities you've attended during your undergraduate career and don’t forget to mention speakers of note. The same goes for taxation-related field trips or study tours that have helped you better understand how the industry operates. The Tax Institute’s free student membership is a great industry qualification to include. Demonstrating your real-world industry insights will show that you’re a professional bound to slot effortlessly into a future workplace.

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  1. Demonstrate your expertise
Although it’s not critical to list every unit you've studied, it is important to highlight the subjects you excelled in. Make sure you include these in the education section of your application, to offer a potential recruiter insights into your strengths. It’s also imperative to list the taxation-related software packages that you may have mastered during each class. Drawing attention to relevant, industry-specific skills will help give you a competitive edge.

Ultimately, creating a winning application is about identifying your strengths and tailoring them to the potential job. If you ensure your application reflects your best attributes, you’re sure to reap career rewards.

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