Survive (and thrive!) in your new job in accounting/finance
Whether you’re in A/R (accounts receivable), A/P (accounts payable), a clerk, an auditor, a bookkeeper, a controller, an analyst, or some other job in accounting/finance, your first 90 days on the job can be as terrifying as they are exciting.
When our recruiters place a candidate in their first accounting or finance job, they like to pass on a few expert tips. Here are five things they tell new hires to help their new career go right in all the right ways.
1. Get the tools you need.
You need to know about your new organization and all its resources. That includes information and tools. Introduce yourself to the IT staff, the admin team, HR, and other departments so that you know who to reach to get what you need, whether it’s software, a calculator, or access to reports.
2. Show up.
College was about keeping a series of appointments with yourself and your professors. You either made it to class just enough to pass or you took school seriously and built habits around punctuality and attendance. If you already have this discipline, being on time—all the time—will be easy for you. If not, your first 90 days are a crash course that you must pass—or you will crash.
3. Make friends with the calendar.
A lot of careers are steadily busy year-round. Not a job in accounting/finance. The better acquainted you become with the critical deadlines and seasons coming your way—and the more prepared you are—the more likely you will succeed in this demanding but rewarding field. Expect long hours and weekends, and plan your social life accordingly.
4. Make friends, period.
You may have relied on your grades and academic performance to snag interviews and land your job. If so, you should be justifiably proud. Your work ethic and accounting skills will serve you well. Now it’s time to further develop your social and human skills. Look at yourself and your behavior objectively. Ask your friends how you can improve in being a good listener, speaker, and all-around great coworker.
5. Don’t distract yourself.
Like any other habit, work habits require practice. If your last year in school had a lot of opportunities for leisure, the full-time life may seem overwhelming sometimes. It’s easy to put off big tasks by distracting yourself with texts, games, social media, or personal drama. Don’t go on a crash diet. Instead, set aside work-free time to catch up with friends and fun. This is especially important if you still need study time for the CPA exam or other tests.
When you’re starting out in a busy accounting environment you’ll soon prioritize what’s important to do well. Work, exercise, healthy meals, and a decent night’s sleep will get you through the busiest weeks. During the rest of the year, time for family and friends, nature, recreation, and good books or shows are absolutely required for a full life and a happy, fulfilled career.
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