Interested in an Auditing Career? 4 Steps to Consider Before You Make the Move
If you already have a financial or accounting degree or qualification, you could expand your career horizon by taking a closer look at auditing. Below are a few steps you might want to consider.
- Go for Training
To become a certified auditor you will need to undergo some training to meet the basic requirements. Opt for an internship with a major auditing firm (you have probably heard of the ‘Big 4’) or sign up for a training course.
It is recommended to enquire and check if organisations in your area require applicants to undertake specific courses. Bear in mind most companies prefer candidates with internship experience who worked with an auditor before and know what to expect in such an environment.
- Interview Succesful Auditors
Get a clear picture of your potential career role as an auditor. It is preferable to speak with those who have been working in the profession for an extended period of minimum 3-5 years.
Enquire about the specific job requirements, the potential rewards and benefits, as well as career advancement prospects. Getting as much information as possible will help you to make an informed decision.
- Find the Best Auditing Firms
If you are serious about an auditing career, get introduced in the industry by searching for auditing firms or specific organisations that require this service.
Some of your criteria for choosing a potential company to apply to may include salary levels, benefits, and opportunities for growth with the firm.
The easiest way to start is to arm yourself with basic training and volunteer or intern at the respective company to gain experience.
It will give you an idea of the fit and work requirements, and it can also increase your chances to join the organisation as a full-time employee once the internship is over.
- Be Prepared
Finally, you can maximise your chances of success in the competitive auditing and financial industry by preparing an excellent resume and cover letter and presenting your dedication and skills in the best light possible.
If you have not worked as an auditor before, emphasise your financial education and skills relevant to the job, e.g. attention to detail, effective communication, reporting, presentation skills. Mention any training or internship you are currently undergoing or completed in the past.
Highlight any key experience and skills, and be prepared to explain why you are making the transition from your current position into an auditing role in the cover letter and the interview.
Ensure your recruiter knows that you have done a proper research into auditing and why you are a suitable candidate for this specific role.
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