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Anybody feel like giving up?

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Hey all,

Just wondering if anybody has ever felt like this:

Been a qualified accountant for 6 years now, have been stuck doing senior accountant roles for a while. Have shown a desire to progress forward into a finance manager role but I keep on getting rejected and overlooked with hardly no feedback, other than 'you interviewed well'. I see junior inexperienced staff across the profession taking these roles, even Financial controller level! Some of them don't even know how to prepare a set of accounts! Like, are you for real. 

I just feel like giving up with the profession all together. I have a fantastic skillset and good experience. When will somebody give me a chance. What is it that these people have over me. I just don't understand. 

Everybody needs to progress in life, so why am I not given the chance. 

I just feel like re-signing from ACCA. What's the point in having it. 

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By spilly
15th Oct 2020 21:14

Maybe it’s just that your personality doesn’t fit in with the team they already have? Or that you are too similar to the previous incumbent and the company wants to change things up this time around.
Have you also got leadership skills to go with your technical knowledge?
When applying through an agency, I was twice told that the FD felt I was ‘over-qualified’. Turned out that this was code for the fact they felt threatened by my experience being greater than their’s. So that might be the reasoning behind some of your rejections too.

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By the_drookit_dug
15th Oct 2020 21:48

Stick at it, you'll land a position eventually.

And make sure you sell yourself in interviews - really big yourself up. Heaven knows everybody else does.

Don't give up.

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By FayeBK
16th Oct 2020 14:58

This is probably the most helpful reply here among all the sarcastic ones.

It really is shocking how some people confidently claim to have certain skills/knowledge during an interview when they actually have zero knowledge of even the most basic things...
So yes, definitely sell yourself. Maybe you are being too modest at the interview.

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By Youareatit
15th Oct 2020 22:27

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Hey all,

Just wondering if anybody has ever felt like this:

Been a qualified accountant for 6 years now, have been stuck doing senior accountant roles for a while. Have shown a desire to progress forward into a finance manager role but I keep on getting rejected and overlooked with hardly no feedback, other than 'you interviewed well'. I see junior inexperienced staff across the profession taking these roles, even Financial controller level! Some of them don't even know how to prepare a set of accounts! Like, are you for real. 

I just feel like giving up with the profession all together. I have a fantastic skillset and good experience. When will somebody give me a chance. What is it that these people have over me. I just don't understand. 

Everybody needs to progress in life, so why am I not given the chance. 

I just feel like re-signing from ACCA. What's the point in having it. 

Spell and grammar check. Re-signing v resigning. Might be your command of the English language.

Or did you wear brown shoes at the interview?

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
16th Oct 2020 09:50

Syntax: I keep on getting rejected and overlooked with hardly no feedback is a double negative. (I don't want no coffee means you want some coffee.)

Consistency: Financial Controller or financial controller (but not Financial controller.)

Colloquialism: Like, are you for real. (Ouch!)

Compound word: altogether not all together (in your particular usage.)

Punctuation: Your final question is missing a question mark.

Perhaps you need Grammarly. And black shoes. Trouble is, if you speak that way too then you're going to hold yourself back.

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By Red Leader
16th Oct 2020 10:50

We should get a coffee.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
16th Oct 2020 16:27

Could we have one each?

(I'm adding clarity to that list.)

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By Red Leader
22nd Oct 2020 10:09

We should get a coffee.
We should each get a coffee.
We should get coffee.

I think it should be the last one.

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By lionofludesch
15th Oct 2020 23:01

Yes - I feel like giving up.

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By lionofludesch
16th Oct 2020 07:15

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By tom123
16th Oct 2020 08:32

From the sounds of it you are talking about industry roles?

Things are tough at the moment, so probably not the best time to try and move if you have over 2 years service in your current role.

What size organisation are you in?
Have you thought about aiming much larger / smaller?

Don't fret too much about how much others are bigging themselves up.

On the other hand, you only really make the jumps when you move between organisations.

It's not a bad living - but we can't all have a stellar linear career path.

I never bother asking for feedback - "if they don't want me, I don't want them, and so, don't care about what they think" has been my thinking.

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By tom123
16th Oct 2020 08:35

When you talk about "prepare a set of accounts", that is what our auditors are for.

I prepare a bomb proof TB requiring no adjustments (usually), but never worry too much about accounting standards etc. Are we still on FRSs now?

My skill set (which I have worked on) is data interrogation to give as close to real time reports / pivot tables etc.

Faster close on management accounts, (so, within the limits of an SME aiming for 5 days).

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By SWAccountant
16th Oct 2020 14:11

Your auditors prepare your accounts? Nice.

(That's not what auditors are for).

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By OldParkAcct
16th Oct 2020 08:59

Whether you are in industry or practice, the most important skill you have is how you communicate with people who do not understand accounting, unfortunately they do not teach you that in the exams.
Its a life skill that some people find naturally easy, but others struggle with, but it can be "learnt". I remember one of the partners at my training firm in the 80s was happier locked in his office sending letters and memos than talking to people. The other partners persuaded his to go on a Dale Carnegie training course and over a few years this changed his approach to interacting with clients and staff.
Suggestion is that just because you have passed your exams you do not stop learning, you just now have the choice about how you develop your career.

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By Justin Bryant
16th Oct 2020 10:03

As Churchill once said (paraphrasing), never, ever give up! (And don't wear brown shoes to any job interview.)

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
16th Oct 2020 15:45

Churchill didn't like brown shoes?

(I'm adding ambiguity to my list.)

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By AWeb72
16th Oct 2020 14:41

I hope you don't start sentences with "Like" in interviews? That would be a turn-off. We're not in America.

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By JD
16th Oct 2020 16:23

Stick at it. You may not get the opportunities you have wished for, but you can make the most of the opportunities that ''will'' come your way from time to time.

Or try pink shoes, to get yourself noticed

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By ohwhatnow
22nd Oct 2020 10:04

There is always the chance that they'd prefer to keep you where you are. If you are as good as you say, you might be worth more to them continuing to do the same job. There used to be a saying that those that are not up to the mark often get promoted, or just moved "sideways" as they don't know what to do with them and the ones left are often the actual workers who are more than worth their weight.

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By tbk
22nd Oct 2020 10:42

A finance manager doesn't need to prepare accounts. They do need to manage relationships with suppliers and customers and juggle the cashflow etc. and understand the needs of the business. Are you getting that sort of experience in your current role? Can you get yourself a role as a volunteer Treasurer somewhere to get some practical experience? When you see a job advertised that you like do you phone the recruiter to find out more about it and your fit - if you can strike up a rapport with them at that stage you might find they sell you to the employer much better. You might have tried all of these already, but if you keep looking you will find something.

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keep calm and have a cuppa
By tbk
22nd Oct 2020 10:42

A finance manager doesn't need to prepare accounts. They do need to manage relationships with suppliers and customers and juggle the cashflow etc. and understand the needs of the business. Are you getting that sort of experience in your current role? Can you get yourself a role as a volunteer Treasurer somewhere to get some practical experience? When you see a job advertised that you like do you phone the recruiter to find out more about it and your fit - if you can strike up a rapport with them at that stage you might find they sell you to the employer much better. You might have tried all of these already, but if you keep looking you will find something.

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