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The ICAEW Guide to Successful Job Search Episode 1: Getting started

In the first podcast of The ICAEW Guide to Successful Job Search series, host Simon Gray, FCA, outlines the four crucial elements to securing your dream finance job: environment; psychology; planning and process.

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.

In Episode 1, ‘Getting started on your successful job search’, Gray introduces the series and outlines his approach to finding success in the job market.

  • Environment – how the job market really works and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.
  • Psychology – how what you believe influences your thoughts and ultimately the action you’re prepared to take.
  • Planning – we plan in business, but often forget to do this when it comes to our own career.
  • Process – all the things people usually associate with a successful job search, including CV construction, interview technique, networking and offer negotiation, but approached in a unique and more effective way.

Alongside providing an overview of the tools you will gain throughout the series, in this first podcast Gray also introduces himself and his guests on the series:

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

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Episode guide

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

Episode Title Date available
The job market environment  12 February 2016 
The psychology of job search success  19 February 2016 
The importance of planning your job search  26 February 2016 
CVs that stand out and impactful cover letters  4 March 2016 
Getting in front of decision makers  11 March 2016 
The power of networking  18 March 2016 
Positioning yourself online  25 March 2016 
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.