To impress potential employers you need to keep up to date with industry trends, research your preferred sector and keep an eye on key influencers in the profession.
Twitter is a fantastic, free way to stay connected with the world of business and finance, and is so quick and easy that you won’t even notice you’re swotting up. We’ve listed 27 useful accounts to follow that will help build your commercial awareness and industry knowledge and alert you to new job opportunities.
Spot your dream job before anyone else
Keeping an eye on the Twitter feeds of organisations you’d like to work for is a great way to spot opportunities before anybody else. Most companies have dedicated career accounts where they’ll promote vacancies and go behind the scenes with current employees to give a peek into company life.
For example if you dreamed of working at IBM, you could follow @IBMUKCareers for their latest roles and @IBM_News for updates on their research and recent projects which you can confidently discuss in an interview.
The Big Four
Follow the Twitter accounts of leading magazines in the business and accounting world such as @TheEconomist, @MoneyWeek, @BusinessWeek, @FortuneMagazine for industry highlights. You’ll need an online subscription to read full articles from The Financial Times, but follow their feed, @FinancialTimes, for the headlines soon after the stories are published.
Upskill for the job you want
Diversifying your skill set and maintaining your CPD demonstrates your engagement with your career and the industry – impressive to both employers and clients. From time management to coding, these skills will make you a unique candidate.
@FutureLearn offers free online courses across a huge range of subjects like big data, digital leadership and starting a business. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills tweet career advice and upskilling opportunities from @bisgovuk, and Barclays’ @YourLifeSkills is aimed at helping young people build confidence and prepare for the future by strengthening their existing skills and learning new ones.
Learn from thought leaders
Get insight into key industry issues and discussion by following the experts. A great way to start is to follow some of the keynote speakers at AAT’s 2016 Annual Conference, like founder of Finance Training Academy @AndiLonnen, former AAT president @birchcoopher, head of social housing at Grant Thornton @jemblewren, technical director of IT consultancy Gardner Systems @techstringy and director at Churchill Taxation Limited (with 22 years of Big Four experience) @ChurchillSteph. Don’t forget to follow @YourAAT for the latest AAT news and advice.
Master the software, once and for all
Find out more about qualifying as a CGMA
If you’re thinking of progressing from AAT to CIMA, follow our accounts for the inside track. @CIMA_UK_News tweets CIMA news, job ads and details of upcoming events, while @CIMA_UGC is the official account for CIMA’s free Undergraduate Club where you’ll get study support and careers advice. You can follow top CIMA staff for industry insight and news too: @CIMATanya is head of ethics, @CIMASandra is head of sustainability research and @CIMAGillian is director of governance and risk research. Explore the CGMA designation and where it can take you by following @CGMA.
If you’d like to find out more about taking the next step to CIMA and boosting your career prospects even further, register as a CIMA student today.
Tamarah Alrayes is Specialist, Recruitment Marketing — Management Accounting for CIMA.