Susan H Ivancevich [1] a fellow of the Dixon Hughes Faculty and her colleagues, in a article aimed primarily at newly employed accountancy graduates, provide the following tips for holding on to a job enhancing a career:

Best practices for new employees

  1. Volunteer for new assignments: employers appreciate employees that show initiative and that look for new assignments and responsibilities.
  2. Work as a team player: the new employee’s goal during the first two years in particular should be to do whatever it takes to earn recognition as being a valuable member of the team.
  3. Show a desire to learn: including reading trade journals in  clients' industries, studying new accounting standards, and asking questions concerning these in connection with job responsibilities.
  4. Display a positive attitude: arriving at work on time with a positive attitude can greatly benefit your career.
  5. Have a strong work ethic: going above and beyond requirements, demonstrating a willingness to work hard and putting in extra effort for the organisation.
  6. Ask good questions: ask questions when required taking care to do this in an appropriate way.
  7. Produce quality work: be committed to excellence, review work before submitting, ensure that it accomplishes what was requested.

[1] R11063 Ivancevich, S H., Ivancevich, D. M., Roscher, R., (2010), The First Two Years of Employment: Strategies and Pitfalls, The CPA Journal, Vol 79, Iss 7, pp 69-73, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, New York

Neil Crawford

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