You Were Hired To Work
Many new accounting graduates will be entering CPA firms this fall to begin their career in public accounting. This message is for them and for all the accounting graduates who have ever joined a CPA firm.
Why were you hired? It is very basic. You were hired to do the work of an accountant working in a public accounting firm. It is very simple: You get money; you do work.
You are not expected to be an expert right away. Accounting firms are a hotbed of learning. They give you the opportunity to begin with the basics, practice them, become proficient and then move on to more difficult assignments. You are expected to continually improve over time. That part never ends.
Your employer has provided you with a competitive wage, training, advice and career counseling to improve your skills plus a nice benefit package.
Your firm and its leaders want you to succeed.
You were not hired to fill a category called, “high maintenance.”
Rita Keller is a nationally known CPA firm management consultant, speaker, author, mentor and blogger. She is a former shareholder and administrative partner in a successful, regional CPA firm and has over 30 years hands-on experience in CPA firm management, marketing, technology and administrative operations. She works with firms across the country focusing on people, partners and internal management issues.