June 18, 2018

Career Advice

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Accountants Suffer from Choice Overload

Job security isn’t something most accountants worry about. Everyone needs an accountant. Even with technology doing more of the grunt work, someone needs to be able to turn that garbled mess of numbers into decision-useful information. Yay, go us. We don’t need to worry about paying rent. But, having more choices does not equal greater […]

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While Climbing the Career Ladder, Know When Steps Are Missing

Recently, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse wrote a book entitled The Vanishing American Adult. All the talk about generational differences prompted me to read some of the reviews. What was his point of view? An example Sasse gave really resonated. Here’s a summary from the Chicago Tribune: His advice is rooted in his experience as both a […]

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How to Get Ahead: Whatever It Takes, Learn to Network

Ed. note: Don’t worry, I’m not working on my vacation. I wrote this ages ago for Accountingfly’s old blog and we’re re-running here. Let’s get something straight: I hate networking. I suck at small talk. The idea of “working a room” makes me wanna hurl. The word “schmoozing” disgusts me and you will never hear […]

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Ask Yourself These Questions to See If You’re Really in the Right Job

You like your job and want to stay, but you aren’t sure whether staying is the best decision. It’s quite the conundrum. As an accountant, you probably are making a pretty good salary, but that’s not the only thing—and maybe not even the main thing—motivating you. It’s easy to get lost in your day-to-day obligations […]

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Promotion Games: When Your Responsibilities Don’t Match Your Title

It’s performance review season, and promotion announcements are starting to trickle in. PwC just announced their new partners last week. As exciting as this time of year is, it’s anti-climatic since promotions in public accounting are very prescribed and follow a consistent timeline: 1. You must work at the firm X number of years (typically […]

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How to Get Ahead: Scare Yourself Regularly

Image: PongsakornJun/iStock Two of my favorite people, twins, a boy and a girl, graduated from college this spring. Lauren is graduating from Michigan State and Andrew from Indiana. I had no idea what to get them as graduation gifts. After a lot of thought, I settled on books. As I reread the blurb of a […]

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Good Goal Setting Takes Introspection

Recently, I wrote a blog about looking at busy season differently. Instead of focusing on the grind, take a dispassionate view to clarify what you learned from the most hectic time of a CPA’s year. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of life. Stopping to think about the bigger picture is put […]

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How to Get Ahead: Speak Up When You Want Something to Change

We are all guilty of this. We see something in our office that we don’t like: an outdated policy or inefficient procedure, how a client issue was handled, how a staff person was treated, etc. What is the easiest thing to do? Stay silent and go about your day. Afterward, we think of all the […]

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What’s Your Job Search Plan?

It’s springtime and you’ve made the decision to look for a new position. Now you need a plan. First, narrow down what you want to do next by answering these four basic questions: What kind of work do you want to do? Stay in public accounting, but at a firm that is: larger and you’re […]

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How to Get Ahead: Sorry Not Sorry

Not that long ago, someone I hadn’t heard from in months and barely knew texted me out of the blue to ask for a favor. I won’t get into the specifics of the favor but let’s say it involved some cats and me putting the cats somewhere other than that person’s house as if I […]