We are proactively coming up with solutions to help the global tax professional community during a time of great uncertainty. Over thirty years, experience has taught us there are unforeseen events that occur effecting the hiring of tax professionals. When it comes to working in the Big Four, you may find sites like www.goingconcern.com of interest as they are a good reminder of what happens. There are lessons to learn from previous disruptions in the tax profession. Once you learn them you will be able to anticipate what is ahead. However, you need to have insight about what to anticipate before a layoff affects you or anyone you know. Understand the value of staying ahead of the curve of any layoff and position yourself to land top the tax jobs available now.
There are numerous tax organizations searching right now for your tax expertise. However, there are also tax professionals who will be laid off during a time of uncertainty. For those of you considering a move after tax season, take my advice: The smartest tax professionals are interviewing “now via video” and not after tax season. Why? After busy season, you have a lot more people competing for the same pool of tax jobs available. Tax professionals who are tech savvy online will win the attention of future employers. Stay ahead of the market by interviewing now if possible and not after tax season. Anticipate layoffs after tax season and you will be ahead of competitors in being considered for choice tax roles. Remember this is the best way to stay ahead of the curve.
An interesting article in the Financial Times brings to our attention how the Big Four accounting firms handles economic disruption. KPMG came up with the codename “Project Zebra” which stands for “zero-based budgeting” which is a means of stripping as much cost as possible out of a business operation. In particular, KPMGs own website advertises zero-based budgeting requires “getting leadership to rethink their business through the eyes of an external investor and “remove emotion” from their decision-making on cost savings. Shockingly, they state “focus ruthlessly on value creation”. About 150 cost-cutting measures were (are) being considered including recalling hundreds of employees’ corporate mobile phones and making about a third of its personal assistants redundant. What will they do now in an uncertain market? They will likely focus their attention on driving long-term value.