3 Career Questions to Ask Yourself Right Now

3 Career Questions to Ask Yourself Right Now

Do you find yourself getting so caught up in day-to-day work that you forget about what you really want to do and how you are going to get there? Instant gratification of the to-dos and the right-nows make it easy to continue putting off the necessary time to really think about your long-term career goals. Between balancing life, work, family, friends, activities, it seems as if there is simply no time to think about your career goals.

Unless you want your professional growth and career to take a backseat forever, you must step back from the daily grind to really reflect about the bigger picture.

We highly encourage you take just a moment to answer these three career planning questions to reach your goals:

What are skills that I’ve improved in the last month, quarter, year?

Think of this as a self performance review. Taking time to write a genuine self-assessment of your skills and contributions to your organization can really help you see where you are in your career journey. Let’s say your long-term career goal is becoming a Controller for a large corporation. What are the necessary skills to continuing advancement to this level?

Qualifications for a Controller might include a combination of technical and soft skills – strong background in financial management, reconciliations, analytical thinking, interpersonal skills, Microsoft Excel, etc.

What are you doing now that will help you to get there?

Tip: Create a running list of all the technical and soft skills needed to get you to your long-term career goal and rate your skills from needs improvement to skills that you feel you’ve mastered. Focus on ways to improve, seek out mentors and jot down notes about experiences that demonstrate you’re improving. Update and review this list either bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly.

Am I making strides in my career trajectory the way I imagined?

It’s essential to reflect on all facets of where you are now and where you want to be. Are you on your career trajectory? Are you happy with it? Is it important to you? Is it one that you still want to be on? If so, great, a congratulations is due! If not, it’s time to turn things around.

Assess the values of your life – relationships, family, hobbies, religion, fitness. Where does your career fall in importance? If your vision is to become Partner but you realize that you value family time and hobbies more, you may need to rethink your career trajectory.

Things aren’t always what they seem. What do you really think you enjoy at work now? How can you have a fulfilling job that makes you happy? Recalibrate your vision and stay on the path that is right for you based on your interests, values and passions. If you’re thinking that you would benefit from a complete 180 career change, listen to your gut and do it (but talk to us first)!

Does my current role support my long-term career goals?

Another way to phrase this question: Are there growth opportunities at my current company that could help me progress? If not, we suggest that you run, not walk, to another position that will help you get there.

The entry level and midlevel points in your career are the most important regarding positioning yourself to reach your goals. These are times of great growth and development in terms of experiences and responsibilities. At the Senior level there are even still ways to improve. Take every opportunity to keep learning and growing.

Either way, this is the most important question to consider. Returning to our first example…let’s say your ultimate career goal is to become a Controller for a large corporation. Are you in a position at a forward-moving company that promotes internally? Are you in a position with a large corporation already doing some operational accounting? Either way, you could be on your merry way to the Controller level.

Remember, it’s nearly impossible to plan your career out at every single step but being intentional and taking time to consider the bigger picture can get you closer to your goals in the long run. Accountants One thinks that keeping you at your career planning best is a win so keep these questions in mind!



Executive Recruiting Strategy – Live Session

Executive Recruiting Strategy – Live Session

Executive Recruiting Strategy Session

Executive Recruiting Strategies During The COVID-19 Pandemic

What good will come from the pandemic?

Where do you want to be in 6 months?

Is today the day to start your search for your next great Accounting or Financial leader?

These are three essential business questions in today’s market.

Peter Drucker said: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

How can we help create the future you want? At the end of the day, in any economy, your company is only as good as its people. How can you strengthen your organization during this time?

Executive Recruiting Strategies for the Pandemic

Dan Erling, Executive Recruiter, CEO of Accountants One, Author, and Hiring Consultant, is offering a 20-minute virtual Strategy Session designed to fire up your thinking on talent.

Dan has 22 years of recruiting experience with companies ranging from the largest public companies in the world, to small companies hiring their first CFO. Dan is also the author of MATCH: A Systematic, Sane Process for Hiring the Right Person Every Time.

Most importantly, Accountants One has a track record of hiring success – last year Dan’s firm boasted a 93% success rate. In previous years, the success rate has been as high as 98% and has never dropped below 91% — Dan’s best practices work!

In this confidential 20-minute Strategy Session designed for CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and Business Leaders, Dan will walk through a series of questions.

Areas of focus include….

  • Creating your (CFO, Controller, VP Finance, etc.) wish list
  • The three most important questions you can ask yourself
  • Aligning your hire with your culture in order to propel you forward
  • Leveraging your competitive advantage
  • Next steps – making it happen

Questions? Contact Tori Wheeler at Accountants One at 704-243-5759 or toriwheeler@accountantsone.com.

We encourage you to submit questions that interest you both in advance and during the session.  If you’d like to pre-submit a question, please email Tori.

This 20-minute strategy session will provide all the tools needed to plan and execute a transformational hire. Getting the right people is more critical than ever before!


Upcoming Sessions

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Recording available!


Dan Erling

2019 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant FINALISTS!

2019 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant FINALISTS!

Congrats to these super funny financial professionals who have been selected for the 2019 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant!

Amy King

Conference Benefits Officer, The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, CPA

Angela Nagy

Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer at GreenSkynce Benefits Officer, CPA

Brad Manning

Audit Associate, Grant Thornton LLP

Rich Strom

Self- Employed Senior Accountant, Richard Strom CAAPC, CPA

Sam Burdyl

Experienced Senior Associate, Transaction Advisory Services, BDO USA, LLP, CPA

Seth Dunn

Plant Controller and Purchasing Manager, Fieldturf, CPA


Thank you to all of our funny accountants who participated in our 2019 auditions. This was a very hard choice for our judges. We appreciate your support in raising awareness for Junior Achievement and hope to see you at the big show on November 14th at Center Stage. If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Grimsley at lindsaygrimsley@accountantsone.com

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Guide to Successful Interviewing

Guide to Successful Interviewing

Prior to every interview your recruiter will go over in detail such areas as corporate culture, company benefits and salary. This sheet covers some additional items to keep in mind.


  • Research the company
  • Prepare several good questions
  • Know how to get there — if necessary, make a trial run
  • Dress for success — and the level you wish to achieve
  • Refrain from:
    • Wearing perfume or cologne
    • Chewing gum
    • Anything else that may be a distraction or disruption
  • Arrive early
  • Turn off pager and/or cell phone
  • In a folder or briefcase:
    • Have several clean copies of your resume
    • A list of business references — to submit if requested
    • Any letters of recommendation — to submit if requested


  • Pay attention to your demeanor during the interview:
    • Keep hands out of your pockets
    • Make eye contact
    • Have a positive and upbeat attitude
    • Avoid nervous habits (e.g., nail biting, clicking of pens)
  • Listen to what the interviewer is saying, and respond accordingly
  • Remember to highlight the areas your recruiter advised you to
  • Focus the initial interview on what you can bring to the company


  • Call Accountants One immediately and tell us how it went!
  • Send a handwritten Thank You card to the person who interviewed you
Resign with Grace (your career may depend on it)

Resign with Grace (your career may depend on it)

The impression you leave during your resignation process can have a significant impact on your future recommendations. In this age of mergers and emails, the business community is getting smaller and more connected everyday. Negative impressions can easily be passed through the grapevine. Your boss today may be your vendor tomorrow.
Resign only after receiving and accepting a written job offer

  • If you are job hunting while still employed, keep it quiet:
  • Only in rare cases should you tell your boss:
  • when you both agree that the company holds no future for you.
  • when you are moving to and seeking a job in another city.
  • Arrange interviews during lunch, or before or after work.
  • Check if your company has regulations specifying how much notice is required.
  • Prepare a letter of resignation:
  • explain your reason for leaving.
  • suggest a termination date.
  • express appreciation to your boss and the company for the help and opportunities you have received.
  • Arrange a meeting with your supervisor when you have decided on the date you will leave.
  • Verbally inform him/her of your decision and present your letter of resignation.
  • Providing a two-week notice is preferred, executives may need to provide a month in which to find a replacement.
  • You may be asked to help interview replacement candidates, usually alongside a company executive. Do so with a positive attitude, no matter what your reason for leaving. Keep your statements short and positive.

How to Resign

  • Don’t use a job offer as a means of manipulating your employer into giving you a raise.
  • Don’t speak against the company you are leaving, either within it or outside. Don’t burn your bridges behind you. You never know when you’ll need to be in touch with your former employer so don’t burn your bridges behind you.
  • Don’t brag about your new job to your coworkers.
  • Don’t let your job performance slide; continue to be cooperative and hardworking.
  • Don’t tell company secrets after you leave.
  • These suggestions will help ensure a smooth departure and positive recommendations.

Sample Letter of Resignation

January 1, 2014
Ms. Jane Doe
ABC Company
123 Main Street
Anywhere, GA 30001

Dear Ms. Doe:
I have accepted an offer with another firm and have decided to tender my resignation effective today, with my final day being Friday, January 12, 2014. It has been a pleasure working with you, and representing ABC as your Accounting Manager. I thank you for all you have done for me.

Please contact me at any time if I can be of any assistance in helping with a smooth transition.