Go Small or Go Home: Life After Public Accounting

Three years in Public Accounting had me seriously considering my options. A few things I knew for sure:
  • I wanted to stay in the finance and accounting realm
  • I wanted to move into industry
  • I didn’t want to sacrifice career progress
I was left asking myself a few key questions - where could I have the most influence? How could I earn access to top leadership? What would give me a deeper purpose? And finally, how could I best leverage the skills and knowledge I developed in Public Accounting (read my article on leaving Public here)? After speaking with a former colleague – then working at Microsoft – the choice between big fish, little pond and big pond, little fish became clear. According to her, huge public companies like Microsoft rarely gave their Accountants a holistic, big-picture view; instead, accountants tackled disparate parts of the business without e...
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5 free tools that changed my life

In 1992, I was 23 years old, broker than broke, and completely unsure of my place in the world. I graduated from American University in Washington, DC, and had $50,000+ in student debt. The only job I could land was selling Plymouths. For you millennials, that was the Tesla of my youth.

Back then, I couldn’t see a future where I wasn’t poor and struggling. It was a very uncertain time in my life and the lack of clear passion, path, or mentor only caused more anxiety.

It took me about 4 years to work through the self-doubt, but I eventually started to discover what I liked and didn’t like as I reached my late 20s.

Following are 5 free tools that helped me transform from constant self-doubt to being (more) comfortable in my own skin. 

1. Youtube and po...
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The right way to leave public accounting

Every year a new class of graduates convinces themselves that their experience in Public Accounting will be different. Manageable. Maybe exhilarating. Five years ago, I was one of them. Like many, my initial plan was to stay until Manager. But after two years, the sleepless nights, no weekends, and a quickly developing anxiety disorder were catching up with me. That, coupled with the most stressful Busy Season of my life, had me considering my options. I wanted my work to mean something more, and I wanted my ‘off the clock’ time to be…existent. Can you relate? Finding a new job was surprisingly easy. The hard part came after – when I realized how little I actually knew of life outside of Public Accounting. If you’re considering leaving Public, make sure you have all the facts: 1. You need to retrain your brain

Consider this: you have an AP Specialist asking for help in resolving a certain issue –...
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7 things successful recruiters do in their first year

You’ve just accepted a new job as a recruiter. Great! You’ve heard the stories of earning $100k+ in your first year and you’re looking forward to leveraging your social skills in a high-stakes environment. Yes, you have a lot to learn, but there’s no reason to doubt your own abilities. That is, until you start calling people. After the hundredth unanswered phone call and reaching the end of the internet, the dream of building your own book of business starts to fade. What is it that your successful colleagues are doing that you’re not? Here’s the secret - they don’t have any special technical skills or talents that you don’t. They’ve just learned how to master the game, and you can too. This is what you need to do: 1. Own your work + get $hit done If you come from a sales background, this concept should be nothing new. You alone are responsible for your success. Your firm exists to support your efforts - not to hold your hand every step of the wa...
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The Career-Changing Power of a Simple Thank You 

Hiring managers will thumb through hundreds of applications, pay hefty advertising fees, and employ multiple internal and external recruiters in an effort to build the best team. All that work, when a simple thank you can often do just as much (if not more) for your hiring goals. Hiring managers: you can interview as many candidates as you like, but if you aren’t expressing authentic gratitude during the process, you’re likely to lose your best candidates to your competitors. The same can be said of candidates: if you’re not investing emotional energy in your future manager and recruiter, they’ll never fight to get you the best salary or benefits. I’ve personally experienced the power of a simple thank you and I’ve seen what it can do for your professional development. Here’s how gratitude can transform your hiring process:

1. Happy employees don’t leave

Showing gratitude is the easiest way to keep your team hap...
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LA’s Trendiest Offices of 2019

In true Los Angeles fashion, LA businesses have taken a concept that is by definition over the top - elaborate, out of the box office designs - to a whole new level. Think massive indoor murals, so-called ‘innovation centers,’ and office-wide skate parks. We’re not just talking Fortune 500 companies; small and mid-sized businesses are making a serious play for this year’s trendiest office. Which offices made the cut this year?

1. Hutch

In 2017 Hutch was forced to move offices, giving them the perfect opportunity to put their interior design app to the test. Could it help them to create a bright and inspiring office spac...
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Changing careers later in life (from someone who did it)

Unless you’ve made your way to the C-suite, you’re unlikely to find many articles addressing the successes, struggles, and challenges of the older worker. Little is written about us, save for the occasional anti-ageism piece published mostly for public image purposes. So when I decided to leave my career in Real Estate at the age of 45, I was largely without guidance. Of course, I had my family as support and the Internet as a general - if often lacking - resource, but I didn’t have an article like this one. Which is why I’m creating it.

Late-life career changes aren’t doomed to failure

82% of respondents to an American Institute for Economic Research survey reported making a successful transition to a new career after the age of 45. You probably aren’t doing the same job you dreamed of as a kid, or even the same job you did 10-20 years ago. Why stop evolvi...
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The surprising benefits of workplace nemeses

An office without some level of disaccord is essentially impossible; it seems to be a rule of nature that every Jim has a Dwight. And it’s easy to see that as a negative - especially if your workplace rival has an annoying tendency to roll their eyes or speak over you in meetings. Here’s the thing: a simple mindset shift can help you to not only outshine your competition, but to drastically increase your workplace satisfaction while reducing unnecessary anxiety. Many people talk about the value of workplace friends - few discuss the benefits of workplace enemies. Follow these tips to make the most of your rivals. The basis of workplace competition. Competition at work isn’t just inevitable - it’s actively encouraged. READ MORE

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Early career professionals are taking on temp-to-hire

We know what you’re thinking: why take the risk? Why not just wait for an ideal permanent position? We’re asked this question every day. And no, we don’t have a vested interest in you taking a temporary position over a permanent role. The answer is simple: temp-to-hire allows you to fearlessly experiment with new software systems and/or company sizes, while exposing you to a larger network in your industry of choice and allowing you to develop your skills. Best of all, it more often than not results in a permanent position at a company that truly appreciates your value. And honestly, no job - temporary or permanent - is ever guaranteed. At-will employment means you could be fired at any time for any reason. So how do you want to spend your time - at a job that will superdrive your career and challenge you anew, or a job with little movement or opportunity for growth? You tell us. Why do companies opt for temp-to-hire? Temp-to-hire is not atypical and it should ...
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A job seeker’s guide to marijuana testing

Yes, marijuana will show up in your drug test. And yes, companies still care. Surprise, surprise - just because you live in one of the states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana (10 states and 33 states, respectively), doesn’t mean you’re in the clear when it comes to pre-employment drug testing. Despite tacit approval for recreational marijuana and widespread support for medical use, companies still rely on drug tests to validate their hiring processes. As recruiters, we speak with hundreds of candidates every month, many of whom believe themselves ‘safe’ from discrimination based on marijuana use. This simply isn’t true. Don’t let your dream job slip away in the last stages: here’s everything you need to know about marijuana testing in today’s post-legalization world. The basics: risks, rules, revelations. Marijuana ...
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