A foolproof guide to finding a payroll job

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If you’re reading this page it's likely that you’re in the midst of a job search, scouring the internet for an attractive payroll opportunity in your area with a good salary to match.

Looking for a new job needn’t be the most difficult thing in the world – here’s how you, as a payroll professional with existing working in payroll and with knowledge of payroll processes, can boost your payroll job search and find the vacancies that others might not be able to.

You need to use all the tools at your disposal, starting with your smartphone:

Use your phone to its full capacity

There are plenty of apps to help you boost your job-search capabilities; each has a different function – install the following:

Google Docs – edit your CV and cover letter on the go and easily attach to emails

  • LinkedIn – connect with potential employers and set up job alerts
  • Job Compass – searches for positions near your home from 2 million listings
  • Indeed – set up daily job alerts for specific job searches sent straight to your inbox

You might be under the impression that everyone has a smartphone these days, but you’d be surprised – infact, simply by having an internet-connected phone, you’re one step ahead of plenty of people who don’t.

Create the perfect CV

Your CV is the tool that will get you an interview, so make it stand out – take a look at the things recruiters look for in payroll candidates’ applications so you know how to approach things.

Really try to sell yourself by listing your qualifications and real-life examples of when you’ve overcome challenges. Make sure your LinkedIn profile matches your CV, and if you feel confident blogging, utilise LinkedIn’s publishing platform where you can showcase your expertise in writing and give proper critique of the world of payroll.

Practice makes perfect

The process of searching for a job and creating a killer CV is all well and good, but if you’ve not prepared properly for an actual face-to-face interview, unless you’re a naturally confident and gifted orator, you’ll struggle to make a proper impression.

Practise with your partner or a friend, or stand in front of the mirror or record answers and play them back to yourself so that you know what your answers sound like and if they need tweaking – whatever strategy works best for you.

Get the help of recruiters

If you find the right recruitment consultant to help you, you’ll be able to develop a relationship with someone who knows the industry inside out, the companies that are hiring, and who can really work closely with you to help you land your next job.

Portfolio can be that recruitment agency – get in contact with us on 020 7650 3190.

If you’re in the London area you can pop by our offices right by Liverpool Street.