In this blog, I’ll discuss how to use LinkedIn for CA- beginners. I see so many young Chartered Accountants literally begging for jobs on LinkedIn via posts and personal message to their connections.
Looking at their LinkedIn headline will show their immaturity and unprofessionalism.
For example, a few headlines are like this:
- Looking for opportunities/Job
- Actively Looking for any job opportunity
- Open for change in the job in any finance profile
- Chartered Accountant from ICAI | Looking for Job
- Fresher Chartered Accountant
- Recently Qualified Chartered Accountant (Nov 2019)
What opportunities you are looking for? There are thousands. How a relevant person will understand which opportunity you are interested in?
Open for any finance profile, really? Do you know how many streams are there in finance? Have you sat down once and researched about it?
To the best of my knowledge, I understand you can become Chartered Accountant from ICAI only. Am I wrong?
Fresher Chartered Accountant? Are you a vegetable or bread who needs to prove to others whether you are fresh or not?
Why am I telling this?
Because it is important for you to change your inputs in order to change your outputs. If you keep going on with this type of job hunting, you will keep wondering why am I not getting a job?
Then you will blame…
- Job Market
- CA is not a good course, Etc.
Who is responsible for this?
This is not enough. Then, many people message me and these messages are so gruesome and unprofessional that it gives me a feeling that they are just begging.
Let me share a few screenshots:
Now, what does it tell me?
Few people send their CV right after accepting their connection request without even writing “Hi” or anything.
They don’t even care about knowing me or going through my various articles which can actually help them. If they don’t care, why should I?
But still, I send them this article to let them know what they need to know which will help them.
And then what happens?
Hardly 5-10% people will come back after reading the article, ask for genuine advice and I HELP THEM because I know they deserve it.
I don’t help those people who can’t help themselves but just beg for a job without changing their thought process and way of approaching people.
What happens after some time, when they don’t change themselves?
They will settle for ANY TYPE OF JOB, earn little money and again in a few months – Looking for Job opportunities.
This is a vicious circle and to come out of it – YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR CASUAL BEHAVIOUR!
Let’s see how to use LinkedIn for CA-
I am going to share 3 tips with you that you may apply if you are serious about your career:
Understand what you want
When you purchase a mobile, do you take any random piece or you understand first which one is good for you?
When you go to a restaurant, do you order any food or you order something that you like?
Then, why to take career choice lightly? Why choose anything just to earn a little money?
When you do understand what you exactly want, you become more powerful because you know where you are going.
I always say – Don’t be a mediocre directionless Chartered Accountant. Be the one whom people want to follow. And yes, money is the by-product of what you do and you will earn it in many ways.
The choice is with you. Whether you want to earn money by doing something you don’t like, don’t inspire you and don’t have time for yourself OR you want to earn money doing what you love, make a great lifestyle and also make a difference to people.
Remember, Clarity = Power.
Care for your digital asset
Do you care about your mobile phone or laptop or bag or watch or suit?
I believe YES. But why do you care about it?
Because you know it is your ASSET. It helps you to look better. It helps you to get work done. It helps you to solve your problem.
Then, why someone should not care for their LinkedIn profile when it is their biggest digital asset? I don’t see a single reason not to care about LinkedIn that can get you your dream job.
Imagine, you went to a car showroom to buy a car and you find that car exterior is really bad, it has dents and the windshield is dirty. Will you even look inside the car?
Same applies to your LinkedIn Profile. When it is crafted nicely, it stands out. Work on it, give your time to build it and then, it will give you the results.
What I mean to say is – When you are reaching out to someone for finding a job, greet them and show them little care or sense of knowing that you have gone through their content/ profile.
Here, I am not saying that you should do Flattery talks. Not at all! But have a conversation with them to build a relationship before you think of pushing your CV to them.
It will get you a great response rate and you will be able to find your dream job very soon than you think.
Remember, if you don’t care about another person, Why should they care about you?
If you are reading till here, I know you are the person I genuinely want to help because you’ve earned it.
So, here is a bonus tip for you-
Instead of writing unprofessional lines in your headline like mentioned before, write down your skills and how those skills can help organizations. When someone visits your profile, they should feel to give you a chance because you are different than others and you care about organization more than yourself.
DO implement whatever you have read till now because – Without change, nothing changes.
I know Chartered Accountancy is a noble profession and YOU are a hardworking and an amazing person. I know you have done a lot of work to clear your CA examination and I appreciate your efforts.
At the same time, you need to uplift yourself and make sure you are doing justice to your life by doing what you love.
Respect yourself, your degree and make most of it by doing RIGHT things.
Become a respectable person and you will achieve your dreams.
I hope you have got an idea of how to use LinkedIn for CA.
Do share this article if you think someone NEEDS to read this.
If you need to discuss any specific issue with me, do reach out to me and I would be more than happy to help you.
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