So, you’ve been in public accounting for a while now, you’ve had a good run and you were planning to make a move into Industry after busy season. Now you’re wondering if it’s the right time to make a move? This Pandemic keeps lingering, it’s an Election year, you keep hearing about layoffs…..and, well, you’re a bit scared.
I’ve been there too. I took a leap of faith in February of 2002 when I started my recruiting firm. Enron had just filed for bankruptcy and in the Summer of 2002 Arthur Anderson lost their license and laid off 85,000 people. Unprecedented times! The decision to start my business that Spring had been made many months before, in a very different market. Still, I grew that business over the next 10 years until I joined Lucas Group in 2012.
Whether the change your considering is a new job or starting a business, there will always be uncertainties around every corner. The best we can hope for is that we have all the information available at the time to make as informed and calculated a decision as possible.
Now is still a very good time to make a change in your job. The unemployment rate continues to decline, 6.8% in August. (https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/recent-press-releases) Your skills were in high demand pre-Pandemic and they are still in high demand today! Many of our clients across the US consistently want to hire Accountants with Public Accounting experience who have their CPA or parts passed. That’s you!
That brings me to the reason I wanted to write this blog. One of the best ways to gather the data you need to make an “informed and calculated decision” is to work with a skilled Recruiter who specializes in your niche’. Why? Lots of reasons!!
Working with a recruiter is like having a personal coach. We have expertise in your profession and can offer candid feedback and guidance. Maybe its changing that LinkedIn picture of you on the beach at your best friend’s destination wedding, recommending that you shave that COVID beard to suggesting subtle resume tips that can make a dramatic impact or prepping you for that interview you’re going to Nail!
Keeping up-to-date on market trends, whose hiring and for what jobs is all part of a recruiter’s day. But company specific intel like culture, compensation, benefits, career path and development, management style, etc. is intel that is, Priceless! If a company has engaged a recruiter they are serious about hiring for the role and given they are going to pay a fee, that speaks to their financial stability.
A good Recruiter will be there every step of the process from your 1st interview, debriefing after the interview, being your “voice” in the negotiation process, and it’s not just about compensation. It may be your start date, vacation time, extended time off during holidays to travel out of the country to see family, getting COBRA coverage or a sign-on bonus. One delicate placement O made this May took two months before they started! Not because of COVID, rather they were closing on a 1st time home purchase and changing jobs during that process would jeopardize the deal.
Your new BFF
How do you find a good recruiter that you can trust? Listen to what they say. Do they try to sell you on a job, or do they ask about YOU first?
A good recruiter will seek first to understand your priorities. Before presenting any job opportunities to you, they should understand your needs and career goals. Transitioning from Public Accounting to Industry is a big change and a recruiter can help you figure out if a position is right for you.
Many times a recruiter will become your lifelong advocate and trusted friend. We laugh with you and cry with you, at your wedding, the birth of your 1st child, your promotion, the loss of your lifelong pet, the birth of your 2nd. child…well, you get the picture. We can help guide you through those strategic career moves that impact your life and your family, not just place you in another “job”.