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From executive search firms, to job coaches, to career counselors, there are many sources to help you locate the right career path and the best employer for you. But, of course, you have to find them. The best source to get all the preliminary information you need is the Internet. If you are convinced an accounting career is for you, you might want to deal with only accounting career consultants, instead of “general” executive search firms. If you are unsatisfied with your web results or want further information, spend some time at your local library. You might be able to locate more in-depth information about local and national firms who specialize in advising accountants on career issues.
Information can mean different things to different people. Should you locate a career consultant you think might be good for you, investigate a bit further. If they are local, try to get references from sources you know and trust. Should they have information about opportunities in your area, you need get all the data you can on the firm and the potential employer. If you are already at a senior level, you might consider those accounting career consultants who specialize in candidates with serious experience. They may have access to a better selection of high level positions and may be more experienced dealing with the upper management people who do the hiring for these positions.
The final and often the best method of getting good information regarding accounting career consultants is networking. If you are a well-experienced professional, you have a developed network of contacts that can give you solid information about career consultants they, or their peers have used in the past. Regardless of advertising or fabulous websites, the success of an accounting career consultant is measured by the satisfaction of their clients and the quality of professional opportunities they control. Your peers may have the hard information you need to select the right one. Even if you're fairly new to the profession, people you work with or know personally may already have experience with one or more consultants. The information they give you could prove invaluable to advancing your career.