It’s really competitive to find an entry level, financial planning & analysis job in Manhattan. Most people have to start in another job before making the switch into FP&A. You have to polish up your resume. Make contacts on LinkedIn. It’s even harder when you’re working already and want to make that transition. So how do you do it?
Most of us don’t have enough financial savings to handle an extended period of time without a paycheck. So when we’re seeking a new job, new employer or new career, we’re often forced to do our job hunting while we’re still employed!
Imagine your current boss slipping into your office and finding your updated resume – addressed to a competing company – on your computer screen. It wouldn’t be nice scene. And, unless you’re the company’s most valuable employee, it could even result in instant termination.
However, many of us have no choice but to search for a new job while working our current one. Here’s how to do it the smart way:
Limit your time
It may be tempting to spend your 8 workday hours searching job boards and emailing your resume, but spending too much time away from your job duties will cause your performance to suffer. And that, in turn, will raise some eyebrows – and possibly some suspicions. Keep your nose clean by giving a stellar job performance while you’re job hunting. Bosses and co-workers are less likely to scrutinize the way you’re spending time if you’re churning out top-quality work.
Give the right info to potential employers
When you’re sending out your cover letter, resume and contact information to potential employers, make sure you use your personal information. Give them your personal email address (like a Hotmail address) and your personal phone number (like a cell or home phone number). If you start getting a lot of mysterious and unexplained phone calls or emails at work, someone might take notice and investigate further.
Time your transition into an FP&A role
Do most of your job searching while everyone else is pre-occupied with work – and unlikely to walk unannounced into your office. Or arrive early – before anyone else – or leave late so you can get uninterrupted job searching time. You’ll not only be able to search for jobs without fear of discovery, you’ll also give the appearance of being a conscientious employee.
Be prepared to make that career switch into finance
If you’re checking out online job boards at work, have a work presentation or website minimized so you can instantly click it up if someone walks into your office or cubicle. Be prepared with excuses, too. For example, if someone sees your updated resume, you could tell them you’re applying for college credits to improve your job skills and the school wanted to see a resume. A quick, snappy response that requires no long explanation is your best choice.
Know your company policy
More and more businesses these days are keeping track of their employees’ use of company resources. For some companies, this means tracking and reporting on the websites employee’s visit regularly, or tracking keystrokes on computer keyboards. Make sure you know your company’s policy before everyone in the IT department knows you’re hunting for a new job.
Job searching while using your current employer’s computers and resources isn’t the best way to find a new career, but sometimes it’s necessary. Just be discrete and careful – and don’t let your job performance decline – and you should be able to avoid detection.
With enough due diligence and patience, you’ll be able to land that coveted entry level role in FP&A.