If you’re like most experienced accountants and CPAs right now, you’re regularly hearing from recruiters looking to gauge your interest in changing employers. The war for talent has been raging for years and, knowing how in-demand their skills are, some employees may be tempted to become comfortable and complacent in their positions. However, you can never afford to give up on demonstrating your value to your firm. Leaders are always looking for people who are committed to the firm and prepared for whatever the future may bring. Here are several changes that you can make right now to showcase and increase your value at work.
Get back to basics
Demonstrating your value as an employee takes more than just completing assigned tasks. It starts with a few simple practices that are centered around making professionalism a priority. Show up on time and keep a positive attitude. Take pride in your work. Be a team player. Treat your coworkers with respect. Go above and beyond in every project and task. Be dependable, consistent and trustworthy. Making small changes to improve your character, behavior and attitude can have an enormous impact on your value to the firm.
Learn new things
A willingness to learn new things is a prerequisite for growth. It is difficult to advance or increase your value without expanding your knowledge. Include training and learning goals in your short and long-term professional development plans. Work with your supervisor to identify the appropriate learning opportunities that will benefit you and the firm. There are multiple training options to explore including online courses, books, seminars or finding a mentor or other resources in your firm.
Expand your network
It is not just about what you know; it’s also about who you know. Social networks and mobile technology make it much easier to connect with contacts and stay in touch. Be sure to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date. Make in-person connections by attending professional events or joining associations or groups. Building your professional network is a way to increase the visibility for you and your firm and can also lead to new business opportunities for the firm.
Be open to change
As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus noted hundreds of years ago, nothing is constant except change. Technology causes change to happen at an even faster pace and the ability to adapt to new challenges and situations is a key factor for success in any position. Stay open to new ideas; be willing to try new systems and processes. Do not get stuck in the past as the firm moves forward into the future.
Now is the time to take steps to increase your value and showcase your talent. Make a commitment to evaluate the areas where you can make changes, then set your goals and follow through. The result will put you in a position for professional growth and future success.
As a consultant for Boomer Consulting, Inc., Arianna Campbell helps accounting firms challenge the status quo by leading process improvement initiatives that result in increased profitability and client satisfaction. She also facilitates the development and cultivation of future firm leaders in The P3 Leadership Academy™ Academy. Internally, she blends concepts from Lean Six Sigma and leadership development to drive innovation and continuous improvement within the company. Arianna also enjoys the opportunity to share knowledge through regular contributions to the Boomer Bulletin and other industry-wide publications, as well as public speaking at industry conferences.