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Ashleigh Polakiewicz

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Ashleigh Polakiewicz

Senior Consultant - Regional Tax

I came to Pro-Group all the way from Australia, and joined through the AC programme in October 2016. Now I am a Senior Tax Consultant on the Tax Regions team.

 

I specialise in recruiting tax professionals into Public Accountancy Practices nationally, with a targeted approach across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire. Working across a varied portfolio, my clients range from Big 4, Top 20 and boutique Practices.

 

I pride myself on honesty and listen to both clients and candidates to ensure they receive the best service.

 

Outside of work you will find me at festivals, travelling around Europe and tending to my small but growing indoor plant collection!

ashleigh's latest roles

  • US TAX SENIOR - SURREY

    £35000 - £45000 per annum

    Our client is looking to set up skype interviews whilst we are in lockdown - get ahead of the pack and consider your options now! A fantastic boutique practice is seeking a US Tax Senior to work alongside th...

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  • US TAX MANAGER - BOUTIQUE PRACTICE - ...

    £48000 - £65000 per annum

    Don't be another cog in the wheel! I'm currently managing a rare opportunity for a motivated US Tax Manager to join a reputable boutique practice in Weybridge. Our client is looking to set up skype interview...

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  • Tax Manager - Reading - New Vacancy

    £50000 - £62000 per annum

    A highly successful, Top 20 Accountancy Firm is recruiting for Tax Manager to join the team at its office in Reading. Our client is looking to set up skype interviews whilst we are in lockdown - get ahead of...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - TOP 20 - READING

    £49000 - £59000 per annum

    Are you looking manage a diverse portfolio of corporate tax clients, both UK and International? Do you want to be apart of an established team and work on complex projects? I'm currently working with a globa...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - OXFORD

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Parking + Discretionay Bonus

    Are you looking to take the next step up in your career? With a clear Director route, this is a fantastic opportunity for a Corporate Tax Manager looking to join a structured tax team with uncapped career pr...

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  • BUSINESS TAX SENIOR- READING- MAPPED ...

    £30000 - £40000 per annum

    Kick 2020 off with a brand new role within a fast-growing independent practice in Reading. Are you looking to join a firm which staff on personal merit? Boasting their best year of growth, my long-standing c...

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  • US/UK DUAL HANDLER - SURREY - CUT TH...

    Negotiable

    An established practice in Surrey with an enviable reputation within US/UK dual handling is looking to grow their superb offering with a US/UK Dual Handler. Providing a full advisory US/UK dual handing servi...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - OXFORDSHIRE

    £55000 - £70000 per annum

    A highly regarded regional firm with multiple offices across Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley is seeking a Corporate Tax Manager to join their Abingdon office. An autonomous role, you will be required to he...

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  • TAX AUDIT MANAGER - BIRMINGHAM - PART...

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Car Allowance

    Are you looking for a role which offers multiple flexible working arrangements? Want to work for a market leading Big 4, with endless career opportunities? I'm currently managing an exciting opportunity for ...

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  • TAX AUDIT MANAGER - WATFORD

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    With a national strategy put in place to grow their Audit of Tax team, it couldn't be a more exciting time to join this forward-thinking firm. Work alongside experienced Director and Partners across the UK F...

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  • MIXED TAX SENIOR MANAGER - PARTNER RO...

    £65000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits

    A rare opportunity has come onto the market for a Mixed Tax Senior Manager to join a leading independent practice in South West London. - Clear route to Partner - Client facing and advisory focused role - Hi...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - MANCHESTER - ...

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits

    Are you looking for a role which offers high levels of autonomy and freedom? Looking to get involved in advisory projects with multinational clients? A Corporate Tax Manager is sought for a Big 4's Corporate...

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  • CORPORATE TAX ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - BR...

    £70000 - £85000 per annum

    Are you looking to take the next step up in your career? With a clear Director route, this is a fantastic opportunity for a Corporate Tax Associate Director looking to join a structured tax team with uncappe...

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  • PRIVATE CLIENT TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER-...

    £38000 - £48000 per annum + + Paid Overtime + Bonus

    Are you looking to join a firm that is renowned for its private client offering? Partner-led Practice 14% year on year growth Paid Overtime Committed to providing the BEST SERVICE for their clients As the Pr...

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  • PRIVATE CLIENT SENIOR MANAGER (UHNWI)...

    £60000 - £75000 per annum

    An award winning practice is Birmingham are seeking a motivated and driven Private Client Senior Manager to join their team. With a broad range of private client work and huge amounts of advisory work to be ...

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  • PRIVATE CLIENT TAX MANAGER - ADVISORY...

    £50000 - £58000 per annum

    Are you looking to get involved in an array of exciting and highly technical advisory projects? I'm currently working with a multi-award-winning Practice in Bristol, renowned for their private client offerin...

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  • CORPORATE TAX SENIOR MANAGER - EDINBURGH

    £65000 - £85000 per annum

    Are you looking for agile working options? An award-winning firm in Edinburgh is looking for a Senior Tax Manager to join their Corporate Tax Team. Interesting client base, including household names and from...

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  • MIXED TAX SENIOR MANAGER - GLASGOW - ...

    £65000 - £80000 per annum

    re you looking to join a practice where you can see the fruits of your labour come into fruition? Want to give a more personalised service to clients? I'm eager to speak with motivated Mixed Tax Senior Manag...

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  • US TAX MANAGER - GREAT WORK-LIFE BALA...

    £50000 - £70000 per annum

    Don't be another cog in the wheel! I'm currently managing a rare opportunity for a motivated US Tax Manager to join a reputable regional boutique practice who has just opened its doors in London. Great cultu...

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  • US TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER - SURREY

    £42000 - £52000 per annum + Flexi Working

    A growing practice in Weybridge and seeking an experienced US Tax Assistant Manager to join their growing team. Providing a full range of US, private client and expatriate services this firm is now looking t...

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  • TAX RISK AND STRATEGY MANAGER - WATFORD

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    Experiencing tremendous growth in the Tax Risk and Strategy space, and one of the fastest-growing areas outside of London, this Big 4 is now looking for a Tax Manager to join their team. The team has experie...

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  • EXPATRIATE TAX MANAGER - READING

    £49000 - £59000 per annum + Car Allowance

    Are you looking for a role which offers unlimited flexible working arrangements? Did you want a better work-life balance? Boasting brand new offices this market-leading Big 4 is seeking an experienced Expatr...

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  • VAT MANAGER - LEEDS

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits

    Are you an experienced VAT Manager looking for the next big step in your career? Do you want to work for a firm which supports a variety of flexible working arrangements? I'm currently working with a Big 4 i...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - LEEDS

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Car Allowance

    I'm currently recruiting within this award winnings, Big 4's Corporate Tax Private Business team in Leeds. Fantastic agile working opportunities National growth strategy put in place to grow the corporate ta...

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  • International Tax Manager - Birmingham

    £40000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits

    Experiencing immense growth this reputable firm is now looking for an experienced International Tax Manager to work alongside the Senior International Tax Manager on a range of technical and advisory project...

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  • INTERNATIONAL TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER -...

    Negotiable

    Are you a newly ACA/CTA qualified Corporate Tax professional looking to move into an international focused role? Are you looking to join a firm which will offer you the opportunity to join the leading intern...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - TRS - READING

    £50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits

    Experiencing tremendous growth in the Tax Risk and Strategy space, and one of the fastest-growing areas outside of London, this Big 4 is now looking for a Tax Manager to join their team. The team has experie...

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What people say about Ashleigh

Just a quick note to say how incredible Jennifer and Ashleigh have been this past month/week. Considering we have a huge direct sourcing agenda here at the moment, it is an absolute pleasure to work with them and they’ve been super helpful and transparent. 


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Companies Ashleigh has worked with

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With over 70 UK partners and 550 employees, Saffery Champness is recognised as one of the UK’s leading accounting firms and a leader in the private client market,  specialising in providing advice to a broad range of individuals, their families, businesses and wider interests.

Everfair Tax was established in 2014 when Gillian Everall decided to step away from Frank Hirth and begin her own private client venture. Gillian’s aim was to offer a full range of private client tax and expatriate tax services with a more personalised touch and service.

Kingston Smith is an established accountancy practice helping clients with their business for over 90 years. With offices in London and the South East, they have over 60 partners and around 500 staff in the UK.

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ashleigh's articles

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60 Seconds With: Robert Marchant, VAT Partner at Crowe UK

Posted by Ashleigh Polakiewicz

Robert Marchant is a VAT Partner at Crowe's London office, and leads the firms VAT work with corporate businesses and professional partnerships. He plays a leading role within Crowe's global indirect tax network, is a member of their European indirect tax committee, and has worked with clients across a wide range of industries from new start-ups all the way through to FTSE100 businesses. Robert speaks with Ashleigh, Senior Consultant at Pro-Tax about working at Crowe, the secrets to good leadership, and how to approach the first day of a new job. What’s your favourite thing about your firm? Crowe is on an exciting journey, both in the UK and internationally. The accountancy and tax services markets are going through a period of change where ‘challenger firms’ to the Big Four are emerging, and Crowe is in this group. In the UK, we have invested in new talent over recent years and I have the pleasure of working with a number of people that are excellent at what they do. On a global scale, our recent rebranding has brought the network closer together and this brings benefits to our external facing activities. What makes Crowe unique? The size of our firm means we are large enough to have wide-ranging technical expertise and geographic reach, but we are not too large that we lose the personal touch. Ultimately, I work in a people business, so I want to have a role that allows me to spend time with my clients and colleagues. What pet peeve do you have when interviewing? When candidates do not research the firm and/or the role. There is so much information available on the internet, it is easy for candidates to spend at least 15 minutes before an interview researching recent developments or articles connected with the role. What advice would you give to someone in day 1 of their new job? To engage ‘sponge mode’. Day 1, week 1 and even month 1 are all about soaking up as much information as possible about your new colleagues, new firm, new systems, new ways of working etc. From my perspective, I want to see that a new starter is engaged and interested (dare I say excited) about their new position, and being inquisitive is a good way of demonstrating this enthusiasm. What are the secrets to good leadership? I’m not going to try and pretend to be an expert in leadership! My golden rule, which is yet to fail me, is to treat everyone as I would want to be treated myself. We are all grown-ups and I try to treat everyone with integrity and honesty. How do you define success? “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I think that success can mean different things to different people at different times. My kids often ask me if I had a good day and my answer can be shaped by the outcome of the smallest tasks as they may have been a particular objective for me that day. In judging success, I think that it is key to first understand your objectives and, when working in a team, its important to make sure that all the members of the team’s goals are aligned. What three traits define you? A little bit of talent, a lot of hard work and a dollop of good fortune! Being serious, I would say I am hard working, committed and prepared to lead by example. There is no task I would ask a member of my team to do that I’m not prepared to do myself. What is your personal philosophy? As I said above, my personal view is that there should be no task I would ask a member of my team to do that I’m not prepared to do myself. Who do you admire most in your industry? Rather than focusing on one particular person, I try to take the good bits from the many talented people I have worked with in the past. For example, there was a Partner who I admired for being able to succinctly communicate and address the issue at hand, and you knew that if he said he needed five minutes, that was how long it would take. I fondly remember a Manager who was excellent at networking and the Head of Security at my former firm who was the first person that guests to the office would meet and he would make everyone feel welcome. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? I’ve always joked with my colleagues that I would be a Postman! I’m a creature of habit and not adverse to walking! Most of my professional career has been spent in London, so I’d take on a job where there was routine and I was away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For more information on this article, contact Ashleigh Polakiewicz on 020 7269 6324 or ashleigh@pro-tax.co.uk.

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5 Key Benefits of Working at a Big 4 Regional Office

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There are many benefits of working in one of the regional offices of the Big 4. You will work with high-performing teams, a range of diverse clients and will gain the same professional qualifications and experience as someone in the same service line in London. Here at Pro-Tax, we work closely with the regional offices of the Big 4 and our regional tax recruitment experts have provided key insights into the 5 key benefits of working in the regions. 1. Broad scope of work Working in a regional office for one of the Big 4 can offer a broad scope of work. This is not to say that the quality of work will do down outside of the London offices - you will still work with massive clients but your scope of work is likely to be broader and you can expect to cover more aspects of tax, enabling you to build a broad and diverse portfolio. However, specialist tax teams are now pushing out into the regions as opposed to simply staying within London. M&A teams, for example, are building out in regional offices including Reading and Cambridge, so if you are looking for experience in certain niche areas of tax this can also be found in some regional offices. Not only this but working at a smaller regional office will give you the chance to work directly with more senior members of the team. This, in turn, means you will learn a lot and gain valuable experience that you may not have had to chance to experience in a London office. 2. Work-life balance Working in a regional office can offer a better work-life balance in some respects. You may find you have better working hours, and avoiding a 2-hour commute in and out of London will cut down your working day. Regional offices offer good car allowances and cutting out the London commute will also save you money, as will the lower cost of living outside of London. It is estimated that in areas outside of London the price of living costs up to 60% less - avoiding the high costs of London living can provide opportunities to get onto the property ladder and invest earlier on in your career. Regional offices also tend to offer a more relaxed culture in comparison to the London offices of the Big 4. They often have flexible and agile working benefits, and opportunities for dress-down or ‘dress for your diary’ policies, all of which contribute towards a better work-life balance. 3. Clear scope for progression Although there are more and more people choosing to work outside of London, the capital is still one of the top destinations for tax professionals seeking work. There are so many people in the London offices for the Big 4, which inevitably means more competition. In the regional offices, because teams tend to be smaller and less established than the larger London offices there are fewer people competing which therefore means a clearer scope for progression. There are still ample opportunities for promotion and the chance to build up a team in the region, but you most likely won’t find yourself in a situation where you are competing against ten other Managers for the Senior Manager position! 4. Exposure There is sometimes a perception that London is the ‘only place to be’ to get the experience to succeed in tax, but in reality, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, working in a London office does come with many positives when it comes to building up your experience, but so does working in the regions. Many of the large companies coming over from the US place themselves outside of the M25 - Cambridge, for example, is the base for many large tech companies. This is due to the fact that there is more space, it is not as expensive and it is still incredibly easy to commute into London. This, in turn, means that working in the regional office of a Big 4 firm comes with exposure to these large companies and there is a continuous work-flow coming to the regional practices. One of the Big 4 has estimated that two-thirds of their clients are served by regional offices - you will have a lot of contact with these clients and gain more responsibility which will only benefit your career. 5. Help the regions grow By moving to a regional office you’ll be using your knowledge and skills to improve towns and cities across the UK and grow communities of industry experts outside of London. You’ll be aiding clients nearby in growing and expanding their business, and business development is a large part of working in the regions. There is only so much expansion the London offices can achieve in terms of capacity, and you will play a big part in helping your regional office grow and expand. For more information on this article or to speak to Ashleigh about your regional Tax recruiting needs, contact her on 020 7269 6324 or ashleigh@pro-tax.co.uk.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About: Sue Lucas, Partner at Moore Stephens

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Described by clients as the ultimate professional, Sue Lucas has advised a large portfolio of large and small companies, developing areas of expertise including the construction sector and corporate structuring. What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? To identify new business opportunities, know your own strengths and weaknesses and work on them, continually develop technical ability, and understand how to manage change and people. Most importantly ensure your contribution to the whole firm is positive and profitable. What do Moore Stephens do well? Offer consistent and effective high-quality solutions to both our clients and our team whilst staying true to our values. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? None really. Everyone communicates differently, however good structure, clear detailed explanations and of course an ability to spell is always desirable! How would your team describe you? Passionate, driven and approachable. If not in tax, what would the dream be? I have a mixed client base who always require tax solutions, the variety keeps me engaged and interested so I have no desire to change other than perhaps running an OMB. Biggest superstition/fear? Nothing really frightens me other than the terrible horror movies my teenage sons' watch! What is your morning routine before work? Walking through the woods to the river with my 10 year old black Labrador. Skiing or beach? Both, the more holidays I take the more effective I become. Who is your hero? Derek Corke, he is the partner that mentored and promoted me 25 years ago, a wise and empathetic individual who empowered myself and some of my current partners to think about an accountancy practice in a different way! What is your life hack/top tip? Be happy, family first, know who you are and stay true to your personal beliefs. For more information about this article, or to speak to Ashleigh about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696324 or ashleigh@pro-tax.co.uk. Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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60 seconds with: Gillian Everall, Managing Director at Everfair Tax

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Having trained in Deloitte and gained experience in a number of other large firms such as Baker Tilly, BDO LLP and most recently Frank Hirth plc as an Associate Director in the Private Client Group, Gillian has spent the last 15 years working with high net worth individuals advising across a broad range of tax issues and across income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax. What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? Always believe you can and stick to your vision but try to never forget what it was like to do the roles you will be asking others to do What do Everfair do well? We make sure we know, have time for and listen to our clients. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? Typos and when it doesn’t provide sufficient detail as to what previous roles involved. How would your team describe you? Supportive and approachable (I hope!!) If not in tax, what would the dream be? Paid travel blogger exploring the world. Biggest superstition/fear? I am not a fan of Friday 13th! What is your morning routine before work? With a toddler in the house, I am not sure there is one – much more like organised chaos. Skiing or beach? Definitely beach with a good book to read, sea to swim in and maybe a cocktail to drink! Who is your hero? Depends on the context! Team GB and Paralympics GB and generally anyone who juggles full-time work, family and outside interests! What is your life hack/top tip? If anyone has any good ones let me know! I live by lists, online shopping and a google calendar on my phone! Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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The 6 Biggest CV Mistakes

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Writing a CV can be a daunting task on the face of it. You have to concisely summarise your entire working life into a few short pages and hope that your personality shines through enough that the HR manager will pick up the phone. With so much time and effort going into covering every single detail and crafting that perfect paper representation of you, are you missing the bigger picture? Our expert recruiters breakdown the six most common CV mistakes that may be killing your chances at success. 1. “I have good attention to detail” Ahh, one of the most frequently used terms in a CV when describing personal attributes, and what a great attribute to have! However, word of warning, if you are going to use this term make sure there are absolutely no typos in your CV. There’s nothing worse to be claiming to be something you’re not when it comes to applying for jobs. Always proofread your work, then proof it again and then get another set of eyes over it. Simple mistakes say a lot about a person and a huge 43% of hiring managers said they dismiss a CV because it contains typos! 2. Order, Order! It’s always a great idea to put the order of your previous jobs in chronological order, even better when you date them so it’s obvious where you worked, when and how long for. What’s confusing is when there is no order or reason behind the ordering of the past experience. It instantly sends out a bad message and reflects badly on your organisational and communication skills and almost immediately disqualifies you from progressing further. 3. Me, Myself and I One of the biggest bugbears that hiring managers have when looking at CVs is the use of I. Your name is at the top, it is implied that the document is about you and nobody wants to go through the repetition of “I did this” or “I did that”. It’s a surefire way to getting the reader to dismiss your CV almost instantly. Your CV is a factual representation of you be sure to keep it impersonal, concise and accurate. Instead of using “ I automated the hiring process...” opt for “Automated the hiring process…” 4. Tailor Made When writing a CV it’s always a great idea to tailor it to the role or firm that you’re applying to. Unfortunately, when it comes to CVs, one size doesn’t fit all. Whether you’re using a CV template or writing a CV from scratch, to really maximise your chances you need to really spell out the reasons why the hiring manager should choose you and the best way to do this is to match your experience up with the ideal candidate specification. Although it may seem like this may take a long time it is definitely time well spent. 5. OTT While it’s fine to show a bit of personality in a CV do not go over the top. Nearly 40% of respondents in a YouGov poll put poor design down as a reason to disqualify an applicant. So what counts as over the top? Unusual fonts for one. Stick with Arial, 11pt in black. Easily read, smart and formal it’s always a winner with recruiters. What paper should you use? Easy, white A4, that’s it. Do you need any snazzy borders to jazz it up? Absolutely not. Remember this is a professional document with the aim of selling you in a few seconds. You’ll definitely stand out using unusual formats, fonts and colours but not in the way that you want. Bullet points are your friend here. They’re to the point (no pun intended), easy to read and are great for people who are reading in a rush. 6. Honesty is the best policy Nobody likes being lied to. However, with one-third of CVs and job applications containing falsifications, it seems that the majority of applicants feel it is permissible to embellish their experiences to some extent. Now, by no means are we here to judge you, no, no, no we would just strongly advise against it for these reasons. Applicants tend to big up their CVs out of fear that their experience is not impressive enough. However, dishonesty is always risky, whether it is a small fib or a whopping great lie, chances are you will get found out. Companies usually carry out their due diligence and more often than not your white lie is uncovered and your reputation is left in tatters. Who wants to hire an ousted liar? If by some chance you don’t get caught out and get the job you now have to perform at the standard you perpetuated on your CV. This can get extremely awkward and embarrassing… There we have it if you are already avoiding these mistakes you're a CV superstar. If not, then why not? If you’re able to follow these simple steps your CV will be infinitely better. Remember if you need help or a professional point of view then our expert recruitment consultants are always happy to give you a few pointers. For free fully editable and downloadable CV templates go to Dayjob.com, a career advice website that gives job seekers access to 100’s of CV templates and Cover Letter examples. For more information on this article or to speak to Ashleigh about your recruiting needs or jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 020 7269 6324 or ashleigh@pro-tax.co.uk.

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Spring a step closer to home

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With the final winter month underway with the predicted week of snow commuters have been thrown once again into a beautiful white world of havoc, with canceled trains, snowed in drives and impassable roads! I'm sure more than a few of us have been wishing that they had a role closer to home. Here are four reasons why it might just be time to cut the London commute and spring into a new role closer to home. 1. Commuting is expensive! Hotspots to travel into London from are Reading, Cambridge and Woking to name just a few. Recently commuters from Cambridge received a 3.4% increase in season ticket prices, adding an extra £170 to their season ticket loan in 2018 (Cambridge News, 2018). Woking, known for an easy commute of 22miles, will set you back £3,136 for an annual season ticket. With the added strain of packed carriages, canceled services, and signal failures it doesn't make any logical sense why the UK has the highest train fares in Europe. 2. Being close to home means a better work-life balance. For parents returning to work, a role closer to home saves time in the morning and the hassle of arranging extra childcare. With flexible working becoming more common within practice, particularly the Big 4, incorporating the school run into the morning routine is easy to do without the added commute. 3. One of the main reasons why tax professionals are seeking new roles is lack of career progression within their current firm. With London and other major cities being known as the hives of activities for tax roles, competition is high and people at manager grade are far down the pecking line within a big firm. Working close to home or a local practices, generally, there is less competition and greater opportunity for career progression. 4. Without the added stress of commuting, snowed in roads, canceled trains and rude commuters you will be more productive with your time. Without the added stress and frustration of traffic jams, this will have a positive effect on your productivity. This will naturally lead to greater job satisfaction. Is it time to cut the commute and consider a role closer to home? Please get it touch for a relaxed chat about the regional tax market

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