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How to make sure your dream job finds you

The best hiring managers and recruiters want to know as much as possible before scheduling an interview with you. They don't want to spend their time scheduling and having interviews only to find out the information they could have accessed through a resume. To get found by the right opportunities, optimize your LinkedIn profile(and resume) with competencies, not buzzwords. Give examples of your work in your bullet points and follow these tips to get an interview with your next ideal opportunity:


Add in Metrics:

Hiring managers want to understand how much you already know, how much you need to be trained, how many people you have managed, how much time and $ you have saved in the processes you've implemented, and the volume and complexity of the company you are currently working for. Don't leave these details out! They will get you your dream job!


Add in Technical Skills:

LinkedIn Recruiter is one of the tools we use to identify talented tax professionals that are qualified for one of our client's opportunities. We don't send these out unless we think you are a great fit few reasons:

  1. We don't want to waste your time or ours vetting candidates that are transfer pricing experts when we were looking for partnership tax experts

  2. We are not trying to fill your inbox with jobs that don't fit your skill set/experience

  3. We have a limited number of in-mails we can send a month, so we want to be intentional with every reach out

So if you want your dream job to find you, fill your resume with competencies and keywords that would be found in your dream job's position description. Add in the forms you have experience with, the type of tax expertise, and the size of the companies you work with if you are in public accounting. If you want to change the track you are in, add keywords relating to your new track in your profile summary. Our recruiter software will pick up those keywords too. Be specific, we search using keywords like GILTI, ASC-740 etc. Optimizing your LinkedIn profile will allow your profile to reach more recruiters, and when you are specific with your skill set, recruiters won't have to guess if you might be a good fit.


Make yourself available:

We suggest responding to all in-mails on LinkedIn. They might be off the mark regarding your skills and interests, but simply responding, "no thank you" will help your profile rise to the top of recruiter's lists because you are more likely to respond, which incentivizes them to reach out to you.


But not too available: We pride ourselves on transparency. We know how busy tax professionals are, and recruiters regularly "hitting you up" can be a lot to sift through. So when you hear from us, trust that we've done our research on you and our client and already have good reasons to reach out. Plus, we share who our client is, the job, and position insight so you have all the information you need to decide if you'd like to get on the phone with us and hear more about it. Don't schedule a phone call with a recruiter who is vague and baiting you with a "perfect" job that you don't know anything about. Ask them for more information before setting up a phone call. If they give you a good reason for confidentiality, go from there. If they share more details and you find out it is all international tax and you are a SALT tax expert, you've saved yourself 30 minutes.


Work with Us:

Schedule a phone call so we know you are open to hearing about opportunities and which ones!


From LinkedIn on the "Open to Work" banner:

With #OpenToWork, you have control of who can see that you are ready to take on a new opportunity. You can choose who sees you’re open:

  • All LinkedIn Members: This also includes recruiters and people at your current company. It also adds the #OpenToWork photo frame.

  • Recruiters only: People using LinkedIn Recruiter only. To protect your privacy, we take steps to prevent LinkedIn Recruiter users who work at your current company and related companies from seeing your shared career interests, but we can’t guarantee complete privacy.

Important: To protect your privacy, LinkedIn takes steps to prevent LinkedIn Recruiter users who work at your company and related companies from seeing your shared career interests. We take the current company on your LinkedIn profile marked as I am currently working here to know who to hide your Open to Work status from; however, they can’t guarantee complete privacy.


To enable the #OpenToWork feature:

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.

  2. Click View profile. Activate to view larger image.

  3. Click the Open to button.

  4. Click Finding a new job.

  • Provide the requested information in the pop-up window that appears. You can choose whether all LinkedIn members or only recruiters can see that you’re open to job opportunities. If you choose to share with all LinkedIn members, they will add an #OpenToWork photo frame to your profile photo.


  1. Click Add to profile.

You can also click Get started from the Show recruiters you’re open to work box near the top of your LinkedIn Profile to access this feature. Note: Some members may see Choose what you need in your next job instead of Open to Opportunities.

If you are finding you are getting inundated with recruiters missing the mark, remove the open to work banner and keep your profile optimized. Recruiters will still reach out to you if they think you are a home-run resume.



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