There comes a point in everyone’s career when they feel ready to take the next step, but this doesn’t always mean you are truly ready. It’s important to not only feel ready but be ready. This takes some personal reflection and assessment.

Here Toronto recruiters list four things to consider when you are thinking about taking the next step in your finance career:

1. Why Do You Want to Make a Move?

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Many people have a desire to make a move because of an outside factor. Perhaps it’s your relationship with your boss, colleagues, or you feel like you have gotten too comfortable. It’s important to understand why you want to leave your current role before you choose to do so. Your motive can have a big impact on the type of jobs and organizations to consider.

2. What Is Your Professional Track Record?

What you’ve done in the past prepares you for the future. Your practical experience, the types of projects you’ve worked on, your career successes, and the level of responsibility you’ve been assigned all matter. Do you have a professional track record that makes you an ideal candidate for the next level? Or is there still work to be done and experience to be gained before you try to make to leap?

3. Do Skill Gaps Exist?

Skill and knowledge gaps are common, especially for candidates seeking to take a step up in their career. Minor gaps are simple enough to overcome. But significant skill gaps will hurt your ability to not only secure interviews but also do the job. Compare your skillset to the jobs you want. If the skill gap is steep, consider professional development to make yourself a better candidate.

4. Who Do You Know?

Your professional network is very important. Being qualified is important, but knowing people in your industry can really give you an advantage when looking to make a career move. Your connections can let you know when new opportunities arise, help you get introductions, and provide you with invaluable insights. Always work on building your professional network. It can help greatly with your job search.

More Finance Career Advice From Toronto Recruiters

Thinking about making a career move? Check out these insightful blogs from Toronto headhunters for more expert tips and advice:

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Cannabis, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Non-Profit & Sustainability, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Ross Campbell Toronto Recruiter

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell is a Partner and Practice Lead, Financial Services & Insurance with IQ PARTNERS. Celebrating over 10 years of management consulting experience in executive search, recruitment, and training in Canadian financial services and insurance companies, Ross thrives on the belief that business can be done significantly better by investing in the right people.

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