GEN NEXT: Embracing Opportunity
After changing careers, I realized everything happens for a reason.
By IRMA BONDI, CPA, PHR |
When I began my accounting career about nine
years ago, I never thought the path would lead
to where I am today — recruiting. After four-and-a-half years of auditing, my firm presented me with
the opportunity to grow the recruiting department by not
only assisting with internal hiring, but also assisting with
client recruiting services, a newer service line the firm
Recognizing this was the road less traveled for most
accountants, I excitedly jumped at the opportunity. To my
own surprise, however, I initially struggled with the
transition. As it turns out, working for the same firm, but
doing a drastically different job, is not as seamless as I
had anticipated. I quickly began questioning myself,
asking: “Is all my accounting knowledge and hard work
going to waste?!”
I am passionate about the accounting profession, but I am also passionate about helping people. My firm
recognized this in me, but it was not until I embraced the opportunity I was given that I realized how much more
I could do in my new role because of my background and passions.
I relate to accounting students and prospective CPAs because I have walked in their shoes. I connect with
clients and put them more at ease because instead of just speaking to a recruiter, they are speaking to someone
who has the CPA credential and someone who has worked with the positions they are recruiting for. They are
speaking to someone who is one of them. Realizing this, I became empowered and inspired and it changed my
career for the better.
So, here are three pieces of advice I have for anyone that is feeling unmotivated or stuck in their careers.
1. If you are dissatisfied in your current role, dig deep to figure out why — do not just jump ship.
When I speak with
candidates, I often hear comments like, “I’m leaving my role due to lack of growth opportunities.” This statement
only proves you are missing something in your current job and blindly shooting for a target at your next job.
Figure out what you are missing before trying to find it elsewhere — perhaps it is something that can be attained
at your current company, like a role change, if you just ask.
2. Always prove yourself by giving examples!
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Actions speak louder than words.”
Rather than telling a hiring manager you have experience doing something, prove you have the agility and
initiative with specific examples of past accomplishments. Give enough detail to let the listener know your story
is genuine. You never know what opportunities might arise when you show who you really are.
3. Do not play off emotions.
Whether you are wishing you were doing something different or are second-guessing
a job opportunity, look beyond the surface. You will be surprised at how much you uncover about yourself —
and what you want in your career!
Illinois CPA Society member Irma Bondi, CPA, PHR, is an ICPAS Firm Ambassador and recruiting manager with
the accounting, tax, and advisory firm Miller Cooper & Co. Ltd. in Chicago.