When seeking a new job, or assessing the situation at your current role, it is always crucial that you think about each individual factor and how it compares to your other options. This makes sure that when deciding to start the search, or deliberating between different offers, you know what will be in your best interests, and you will be able to progress in the most professional way possible.

You might wait until you have a few offers on the table, and then will write out a pros and cons list. But why work backwards when you can go into every interview, already knowing what key things you want to look out for?

I have therefore made a list, in no particular order, of the top 5 things that I would recommend to consider when thinking about your current, or next role in Tax. 

1. Salary

The easiest trap to fall for is looking only at the salary in a new role, but at the same time this is one of the main reasons that you are motivated to go into work every week. Salary is reflective of the value that your current, or next employer places on you, so the big question is, are you being valued correctly? 

2. The Future

Long term thinking is crucial, as you don’t want to find yourself in the trap of having to keep changing jobs to achieve your career goals. When looking at a firm, there are a few points to consider that will give you an idea of your future at the company.  Will they be able to provide you with more complex work in the future? Is the firm structured so that there is opportunity for promotion? How long has it taken their current employees to get promoted to where they are? Do they have a high turn over of staff? And do they encourage you to take further professional qualifications? Taking all these elements in to consideration will help you to formulate your plan of action.

3.Qualifications Offered

One of the most important things in your journey as a Tax professional can be the qualifications that you gain. While there are a lot of places that recognise qualification by experience, a lot of larger firms are quite strict on the fact they want their employees to have Tax qualifications. The most sought after qualifications, as you probably already know are; ATT, ACA, CTA, ADIT and STEP. Although you do get exemptions from ACCA, it is not often that this is requested for a Tax role. You therefore want to make sure that the company you work for can support and help you with one of these qualifications. Furthermore it would be wise to ask how this support is likely to be structured, this could be financial, study leave, mentorship etc. If you leave the interview unsure of the qualifications, just ask your recruitment consultant, and they will be able to let you know.

4.Your Boss

In any role, the boss can really change how enjoyable your role is, as nobody wants to report to someone that will over load you with an unrealistic workload, whilst keeping all the best tasks for themselves. When looking at your future, or current position, you will want to see that senior staff members have a personal stake in your future success, and want to supportively keep pushing you out of your comfort zone by giving you the opportunity to get involved in more interesting advisory projects. It is also important to note whether they work hard on promoting a good working culture and lastly but certainly not of least importance, that you can see yourself getting along with them. In some cases you may not meet who you will be reporting into as part of the interview process, however there are a few other ways to get this information. Firstly you can ask your recruitment consultant, as they are uniquely placed at understanding the firms culture, ethos and working practices, you can also ask your interviewer and finally you can research your line manager on LinkedIn to see their level of experience, as part of your preparation for interview.    

5.Your Colleagues

You spend most of your week at work, so it is important you like the people that you are choosing to spend your time around. You also learn so much from your colleagues, so you want to ensure that they are as professional as you would like to be, and supportive enough to help you get there. It is fairly unlikely that you will be able to meet your team in the interview, but if you ask your recruitment consultant they should be able to give you a good idea of the company culture. It is also a good question to have for your interviewer to show interest in joining the firm, and I would also recommend that you look up the employees on linkedIn.

How would your Top 5 look? Please leave a comment and let me know.

If you would like to hear more about how AJ Chambers Recruitment can be of assistance in guiding you in your job search, and ensuring that you have all the available information through every step, you can message me directly, send me an email at tom.sharland-harris@aj-chambers.com or give me a call 0203 817 8139 and I will be happy to help.