Are You Looking at Your Accounting Job Description From a Candidate’s Point of View?

Occasionally, we get the opportunity to work with a new client who struggles to write effective financial and accounting job descriptions. The companies involved are usually great firms, but the biggest issue is that they fail to see things from a candidate’s point of view.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of perspective. They assume that, because they have a good opportunity with a healthy company, they’ll have a virtually unlimited pool of job seekers to draw from, and that the best of the best in the field will naturally want to accept their opening.

While that’s not entirely unreasonable – there are lots of people looking for good accounting job openings at any given moment – it can also create problems. That’s because, just as job seekers will gravitate towards the best openings first, other employers are all trying to hire the very best men and women at the same time. In other words, there are only so many great jobs to go around, but there are also only so many highly qualified and easy-to-work-with professionals to fill them. And so, you need to advertise yourself to potential employees in the same way that they need to convince you that they can be an asset to your organization.

How do you do that? Here are a few good tips:

Know who you really want for the job. While the ideal candidate for your opening probably has a set of important qualifications and experience requirements, they are also likely to have a certain type of personality. In your mind’s eye, try to picture the person you’re looking for, and then write the job description in a way that you think would catch their attention.

Be honest about your work environment and requirements. If you need someone who can put in long hours and/or meet tough deadlines, don’t hide from that fact. You’ll want someone who is ambitious and up to the challenge, so make it clear what’s involved.

Stress all the benefits of your opening. At the same time, don’t undersell the opportunity. If you offer a high salary, a generous benefits package, flexible schedules, or the opportunity for advancement, highlight these in your accounting job description.

Use other employees as recruiting assets. One question new potential employees have about your business is, “Will I be happy here?” By letting them see how satisfied your other staff members are (online, for example, or in your company description), you make it easier for them to see themselves having a great future with your company.

If you have a great financial or accounting opening in your company, you’ll probably have lots of candidates who are interested. Remember, though, that the very best are being sought out by your competitors, too. And so, it’s up to you to write compelling job descriptions that attract them to your accounting career opportunity.

For more great financial and accounting hiring advice, get in touch with the experienced team of recruiters at Exceleris today.


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About the Author: Dejan Ristic

In 2004, I founded Exceleris. In addition to managing all recruitment aspects of Exceleris, I have consulted (as CFO or in similar roles) with a number of technology companies (both publicly traded and venture funded start-ups)....