Accounting Job Getting You Down? 7 Signs It’s Time to Exit Stage Left


We’ve all had tough weeks at work, but if you can’t remember your last truly good day, it may be time to transition out. Here are some signs that your time in your accounting job has come to an end.

Are your doodling skills of Van Gogh like proportions during business meetings? Do you find yourself bored by the lack of challenge in your role? Have you spoken to your manager about wanting to grow your skill set and had little response?

Not good.

Researchers feel that ongoing boredom at work is a red flag that something needs to change, so it’s likely time to take action and start updating your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Are you in a role that doesn’t allow you to maximize your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses? Sometimes we simply have to get into the trenches and do our best, but eventually there has to be an opportunity to leverage what we’re good at. If this is not the case and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, it’s time to look for a new job.

Company Is Not Invested
According to Gallup research “a staggering 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged.”  When you feel that a company is invested in you, it increases your engagement level.

Does your manager connect your role to the overarching goals of the business? Does he or she meet with you one-on-one to give and receive feedback? Is your leader the kind of person that has your back, and mentors you to be better? Sometimes, there is a disconnect between how you like to be managed and your leader’s management style. If you’ve tried to make an ally of your boss and failed, the writing is likely on the wall.

ReadWhy Some Finance Managers Aren’t Good Leaders” for greater insight into this topic.

Mission Mismatch
Former GE CEO Jack Welsh prioritizes the connection between a company’s mission and an employee’s focus. He says to check that your organization, “Jibes with your life’s goals and values.” If the answer is no, perhaps there is another company that would be a better core value fit.

ReadFour Reasons to Quit Your Job” by Jack and Sally Welsh.

Silencing Yourself
Do you work in a place that doesn’t allow you to express your ideas? Are you always second-guessing what you’re going to say, worrying about how it will be interpreted? While it’s important to think about the emotional impact of your communication style, it’s also key that your company’s culture encourages the collaborative sharing of ideas. If you’re operating from a place of fear on a regular basis, it’s time to look for another job.

Unproductive Team
Being part of a dysfunctional team can be intensely stressful. If you’ve tried to deal with challenging finance or accounting team members and there’s no forward progress, your best option is to begin building your exit strategy.

You don’t need someone screaming red alert to know when it’s time to quit your accounting job. If the learning has stopped, you’re miscast in the role, or struggling with a manager or team that is dysfunctional, it’s likely that the grass is greener on the other side.

Your Next Step
No one should walk the job search or hiring road alone. At Clarity Recruitment we help others realize their success through a process that marries proprietary technology with unwavering commitment. Contact us today to take control of your career, or to partner with us to hire well.

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