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October 01, 2015

Making a Move: Overcoming the Fear of Change

Coming from Public Accounting, Abacus Group Executive Recruiter Gary Glassman understands that a lot of people have the “fear of change” when transitioning to Private Industry. At your current company, you know the people, the culture, where the bathrooms are located, etc. When you begin a new job, all of those things are unfamiliar. But is that a reason to not “make a move” and just stay in place?

In the Greater New York City market, the highest demand for Accounting talent lies within the two-to-six-year range. This candidate base includes Public Accounting professionals who have completed at least two Busy Seasons—and then some.

But why is that? Why isn’t the Public Accounting Manager or Senior Manager more appealing to Private Industry employers? It’s not that candidates with, say, seven or more years of Public Accounting experience aren’t receiving interest from hiring managers. It’s that most companies want candidates with less experience so they can develop talent internally.

Gary has spoken to many candidates who say, “I want to do another busy season and make——” or “I want to stay until Manager.” The truth of the matter is that if you aren’t on the Partner track, then the longer you stay in Public, the harder it will be to move on.

So, according to Gary, what is preventing someone from looking for a new job? Is it the time factor? Is it the uncertainty of what is available to candidates? Is it the fear of change?

His belief is that it is a culmination of all of the above. If you have ever thought about making a move, it is probably because you are not 100% happy in your current role. Whether it’s because of changes in management, poor culture, low pay, or even excessive hours, the Private Industry Accounting world offers a plethora of opportunities to advance your career and find the right home.

Gary leaves you with this: “I have worked firsthand with candidates who legitimately had the ‘fear of change.’ These professionals took a leap of faith to look for something else, and they have been very pleased with their decisions—far happier than they were staying in place.”

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