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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How I hit a record performance in my first year as a working mom

My colleagues and friends will tell you that compromise has never been my strong suit; I’ve always believed in either doing something to the absolute best of my ability or not doing it at all. Throughout my career that has led to working 60+ hour weeks, never taking a full day off, and consistently pushing myself to be the best I can be. After my first born, I continued to find success. I actually (shocking even myself!) had my highest earning year ever. All it took was an exhausting amount of dedication, sleepless months, a very careful balancing act, and a well-established support system. Simple enough, right? Of course sacrifices had to be made, but I decided that neither my career nor my relationship with my daughter would be compromised. Instead of sacrificing my job, I expanded my life. I’m now pregnant with my second child and struggling to prepare for the demands of two children, a challenging career, and a husband who travels 24/7. How can I best take care of my d...
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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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10 Articles That Will Make You Better in 2020

The genius minds behind the world’s top publications put out some great articles this year. In fact they produced so many excellent insights that it is physically impossible to read and absorb everything published. I’d love to say we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you, but even our editorial team can’t read that many articles (try as we might!). What we can do is provide you with the top articles that have come across our desks this year - the articles that made us rethink our assumptions, question our ‘common sense,’ and better understand our own biases. Which articles defined your year? 1. When it’s OK to trust your gut on a big decision (Harvard Business Review)

Apparently trusting your gut isn’t such a crazy idea, particularly in high-stakes situations. What ‘trusting your gut’ really means...
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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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Why I spent 10+ years ignoring most recruiters…

If you’re an intelligent person in a remotely desirable field, you’ve probably received your fair share of recruiter messages. You know the ones - they’re usually polite, to the point, and clued into your area of expertise. But for some reason - blame human nature, I guess - they’re irritating. Salesy. Bothersome. When I worked at Deloitte as an auditor, I’d get daily messages pitching one role or another. Without reading them I’d hit delete, or worse yet - just let them sit there unopened. We’ve been programmed to equate recruiter with salesman, and to equate sales with someone not working in our best interests. I’m sure you’ve had the same experience. These messages often feel forced and tiresome, not worthy of your time. Plus, why bother humoring recruiters when you’re happy at your current job? It wasn’t until I landed here at Proven Recruiting eight years ago as the Controller (now Director of Finance and Accounting) that I truly realized the value o...
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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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The science of cold emails: connect with anyone, anytime

The best cold emails don’t feel like cold emails at all – they’re unconventional, highly targeted, and they offer a clear point of connection. These emails defy industry standards; whereas most professional emails garner open rates of 15.22% to 28.46%, expert emailers can see considerably higher numbers – sometimes nearing 40-50%. The more people you can engage through email, the better your chances of landing that new client or opportunity. Whether you’re struggling as a salesperson getting targets to respond, or you’re a job seeker looking to connect with high-level decision makers at your desired company, you’ll need to boost your open rates if you want to get ahead. And the best part is – cold emails aren’t even very difficult to master. All you need is an engaging subject line, a clear value proposition, and a targeted call to action. It’s as easy as follo...
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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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