7 Tips For Speeding Up Your CIMA Professional Career Progress - Part 2/2

Last week we shared the first 3 tips on how you can speed up your career progress as a Chartered Management Accounting professional or as a CIMA student. This week we will share the remaining 4 to make a total of 7, as described in the title. 

 4. Get good references

good job referencesGood references are a great asset. Accumulating such assets needs some strategic thinking and a certain amount of hard work.

In seeking people to include as referees in your applications, don't limit yourself to past employers and those who know you in an academic setting, such as your professors and lecturers.

If you are known as a great worker and an accomplished professional (where clients are commending your work to your boss; see #6), you can always nurture these relationships even once you leave your current firm. They’ll be happy to refer you.  

That is not all. We know so many trainee accountants and auditors who have got job offers from clients. In fact, it is standard operating procedure in many countries. And not just for low-level positions either. 

Keep your professionalism on display at all times; especially at client locations. Just because all the auditors in your country come to work at 10am and leave at 2pm, you don't have to do that. Really. We know management accountants and trainees who have got great offers for NOT doing the stuff regular folks do.

5. Don't forget LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is a great way to keep your professional activities and progress updated for all to see. If you keep your settings to public, each time you update your profile, say adding a new certification, job change or new area of expertise, everyone in your network will be notified about it.

LinkedIn is a good place to expand your professional network. If you know someone in a sector you are interested in, you can ask them for introductions.

linkedin groupsThirdly, join relevant professional and industry groups on LinkedIn. This is a good way to know what is going on and to seek and share ideas that can improve your work experience. It also provides you opportunities to grow your personal brand, to get yourself known for some specific thing, or expertise that you want everyone to know.

And you get to meet like-minded professionals.

LinkedIn is also a good place to look for jobs and to keep an eye on what openings there are over time, even if you are not currently in the market for a job. More and more employers look to LinkedIn to find good candidates.

The possibilities are endless if you use LinkedIn in a thoughtful way.

6. Put in 105% into your job. Invest your time, effort, attitude and enthusiasm so you may reap a bounty.

If you are eyeing promotions, and your work ethic, professionalism and enthusiasm lag behind those of others also in line, guess what? You won't be getting that promotion. Try to always put in your all to each and every assignment, regardless of whether you want a promotion. Just do it because it's rewarding to do so.

And you will find unexpected rewards coming your way.  

7. Be a giver. Train others. Help them succeed.

“This is what I find most magnetic about successful givers" says Adam Grant in Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. "...They get to the top without cutting others down, finding ways of expanding the pie that benefit themselves and the people around them. Whereas success is zero-sum in a group of takers, in groups of givers, it may be true that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”

You won't be in accounting firms or small firms all your career. A trait that is highly in demand in potential leaders is the ability to bring others up to your own level. You need the ability to help others up to take your position so you may move up the success ladder yourself. It is worthwhile putting in the time, effort and do it with good cheer. It is not just good karma, it's a good strategy to stand out in the crowd. And you know accounting is a crowded profession.

As a positive accent - have a look at this video from TED talk - mentioned above Adam Grant. The talk is about Givers and Takers. It is a smart presentation, with a lot of humour. It's less than 14 minutes long.


We trust you’ll find these tips useful to accelerate your professional progress as a Chartered Management Accountant. Good Luck!

Keep visiting our blog for more articles that help you get ahead as a CIMA. 

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