As we get ready to pin up our 2018 calendars, public accounting firms are preparing for busy season. To tackle the influx of work and added responsibilities, many of them are turning to accounting consultants who can hit the ground running.
“Without the right staff in place, accounting firms risk falling behind during busy season,” says Alex Wright, a Senior Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Accounting/Finance division. “However, the seasonal nature of this work has led employers to explore hiring on a temporary/consulting and temp-to-full-time basis. Not only do these tactics allow employers to save on overhead costs and be more strategic when hiring, but they also provide a lot of benefits for the accounting consultant.”
As we near the end of the year and employers start thinking about hiring for busy season, these opportunities will be easier to find than ever. Here are 3 reasons why you’ll want to take advantage of this trend, now, before the start of the new year:
You have the control
When you take on consulting or project-based work, you have more control over the companies you work for. Because of this, you can make a change if your assignment isn’t right for you, and you can find opportunities that allow you to diversify your experience, gain new skills, and try out different industries. For example, if you’ve primarily worked with individual tax clients, pursuing a path as an accounting consultant could present the opportunity to work with high-net worth clientele on a much larger scale. This could provide you with a more challenging experience—helping you develop new skills throughout each new assignment.
Access to new technology
As a public accountant working with the same client or industry, it can be easy to become complacent with the technology and/or software you are using. As technology continues to evolve, however, the demand for tech-savvy accountants will only grow stronger. “Today, accounting involves much more than number crunching,” explains Alex. “Top accounting talent has the technical skills necessary for not only generating the data, but also understanding and manipulating the reports to analyze the information from various viewpoints and objectives.” By giving you exposure to different tools and software, working as an accounting consultant can help you become a more marketable candidate for future opportunities.
The opportunity to get your foot in the door
Additionally, a great temporary experience has the potential to transition into a full-time position. “In some cases, these consulting opportunities can serve as a working interview where the employer can extend you a longer-term or full-time offer based on your performance,” explains Alex. “This also gives you the opportunity to evaluate the fit before making a long-term commitment.”