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The ICAEW Guide to Successful Job Search Episode 8: Positioning yourself online

In the eighth podcast of The ICAEW Guide to Successful Job Search series, host Simon Gray, FCA, advises on how you can use LinkedIn to access the ‘hidden’ job market.

To create the ICAEW Guide to Successful Job Search, ICAEW worked with Simon Gray, author of ‘Super Secrets of Successful Executive Job Search’ and founder of Career Codex, in addition to experts from across the recruitment and business world to share their knowledge of how to find and secure the job you want.

Launched in 2003 as a professional networking platform, LinkedIn has been adopted by employers and recruiters alike as a primary and cost-effective tool to research, identify and source individuals with the right skills and experience for their business or their client’s businesses.

In Episode 8, ‘Positioning yourself online’, Gray describes the opportunities LinkedIn provides to not only showcase your skills and experience, but to make connections with the right people. He offers his top tips on ensuring your profile is promoting you effectively and on how you can use LinkedIn to proactively engage with key players in the job market.

In this podcast Gray is joined by:

  • Sally Adams, Acting Chief Financial Officer at Electrocomponents Plc;
  • Andrew Clark, Finance Director at Costa Enterprises; and
  • Jonathan Firth, Managing Director Michael Page Finance.

Episode guide

You can listen to the rest of the series on icaew.com or on iTunes:

Episode Title Date available
Getting started on your successful job search   
The job market environment   
The psychology of job search success   
The importance of planning

5 CVs that stand out and impactful cover letters   
Getting in front of decision makers
The power of networking 
Delivering a first-class interview  01 April 2016 
10  Handling the offer and negotiation stage  08 April 2016 

Meet the experts

  •  Simon Gray Career Codex

    After starting his career at KPMG, Simon Gray, FCA, has spent more than 15 years working in recruitment. In 2013, following the publication of ‘Super Secrets of the Successful Jobseeker’, Gray set up Career Codex which offers training to jobseekers on how to take a different strategy to their job search and stand out from their peers. His latest book, ‘Super Secrets of Successful Executive Job Search’, was published in July 2015.

  •  Sally Adams Electrocomponents

    Sally Adams joined global engineering parts distributor Electrocomponents in 1996. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Electrocomponents has operations in 32 countries and an annual turnover of more than £1.2bn.

  •  Andrew Clark Costa Enterprises

    Andrew is Finance Director of Costa Enterprises, (part of Whitbread Group). He started his career at KPMG where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and as a Corporate Treasurer. He spent a year in audit before moving to Corporate Restructuring where he spent five years advising banks who had invested in companies which were underperforming.

  •  Jonathan Firth Michael Page Finance

    Jonathan Firth has 20 years’ recruitment experience in the UK, with the last 10 years at PageGroup. While the majority of his career has been in finance recruitment, his experience at PageGroup includes assisting with building their search business and running their legal recruitment business across the UK.