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ConTax newsletter - September 2013

Resume writing tips to secure your dream job

There’s no denying that a sparkling resume can be a one-way ticket to your dream job. When it comes to a competitive industry like taxation, your resume is used by hiring managers as a way to separate the most promising candidates from the rest.

Creating a resume that shines the best light on your skills, qualifications and achievements can help you nail your first job in finance, accounting or tax. Here are three foolproof tips for writing a winning CV.

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Want to be a leader?

If you think a taxation career is tailor-made for detail-oriented perfectionists, it may be time to reconsider.

To excel in tax, you need a strong blend of commercial acumen and creative vision – qualities that work as catalysts for taking a business to new heights. And from high-powered politicians to global CFOs, these former tax professionals boast the kind of career trajectories that prove taxation is about more than just crunching numbers.

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What is a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)?

If you want to take your professional life to new heights, obtaining a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) designation could transform your work prospects and see your career take off. Conceived by the UK’s Chartered Institute of Taxation, a CTA designation serves as the ultimate accreditation for taxation professionals around the world.

The qualification spans professional and postgraduate levels of tax education and is tailored to varying levels of expertise. Here are three compelling ways a CTA designation can help you achieve more.

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Building a great student profile on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a powerful resource for building relationships, expanding your industry profile and getting ahead. For students and young professionals, it’s an indispensable tool for tapping into the increasingly competitive job market.

The social network for professionals is growing exponentially. With 238 million members globally, LinkedIn has become a talent pool for savvy employers looking to fill a spectrum of roles.

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The life of a corporate tax professional: Irene Yeung, PwC

Irene Yeung works as a senior manager in PwC's corporate tax division in Sydney.
The lure of a career in tax first took hold in high school, where Irene was attracted to the significant role that tax plays in society. She saw the potential for a dynamic career and secured a traineeship with PwC, which involved studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales, majoring in Accounting and Business Taxation, while simultaneously gaining valuable work experience.

After graduating from university, Irene secured a graduate position in the corporate tax team at PwC. She is now studying for her Masters of Taxation.

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Insider’s guide to getting a job in tax

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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Your resources and benefits

As a student member of The Tax Institute, an extensive range of resources, services and benefits are available exclusively to you.

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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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