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ConTax newsletter - October 2013

Your must-read guide to finding a job in tax

With the end of the academic year approaching, it’s time to plan your future in tax!

To help kick-start your career, here’s a rundown of where jobs are advertised, as well as how to uncover hidden opportunities through networking and keeping up with industry job trends.

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Should you do work experience this summer?

From volunteering to internships, work experience is the mainstay of many student summers, so how can it boost your career prospects in the tax sector?

If study prevented you from applying for a work experience placement, look to the summer holidays to gain some key skills. Tempting as it is to head to the beach instead, work experience will fast-track your career compared to less motivated undergrads.

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How to get top marks on your exams

The exam season has arrived! Preparing for your exams is a great time to affirm your own knowledge and credentials as well as hone your time-management skills. While it’s easy to get bogged down when preparing for the end-of-semester period, improving your study habits now will have you feeling ready well before crunch time.

We’ve compiled a five-step guide to help you successfully navigate the exam period.

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The life of a corporate tax professional: Ross Lyons, Rio Tinto

For Ross Lyons, a career in taxation has helped fulfil intellectual ambitions and dreams of seeing the world. Now the head of global taxation at mining powerhouse Rio Tinto, Lyons holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and an MBA from the University of New South Wales.

He also headed up Westpac’s Asian division in Hong Kong and was the global head of tax for Westpac prior to joining Rio Tinto seven years ago.

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Tips to help you land a graduate job in tax

If you’re hoping to secure a sought after graduate position or entry level role in taxation, you’ll need to pay attention to the little things that can help your application stand out above the rest. Securing an interview is the first step on the path to your new role and there are several things you can do to set yourself apart.

No matter whether you’re a recent graduate, in your final year, or just starting your university journey, these suggestions will help transform your application from boring to brilliant.

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Your resources and benefits

If you’re applying for work experience or your first job in taxation, you’re probably wondering exactly what companies’ are looking for in a candidate. What are the skills, attributes and attitude that will make you stand out above the field?

For the inside scoop on what tax industry recruiters are looking for, we spoke with Richard Knox, the head of people (tax and audit) at KPMG.

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Course in Australian Taxation Law

Thinking of a career in Tax? Approved by the TPB, the Course in Australian Taxation Law is the definitive course for those wishing to register as a tax agent or expand their taxation law knowledge.

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Young Tax Practitioner events

The YTP webinar series covers important technical information and offers practical tips to guide participants through a number of key tax and legal issues.

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