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Advice needed. I’m supposed to be up for senior this year. I was informed by my counselor that promotion is still on the table however since my technical knowledge isn’t where it should be in order to be promoted I need to show significant improvement before year end in order to be promoted. Should I start looking for another job?

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Please consider getting additional constructive feedback and strive to improve in your position. Learn and develop....promotion and success will follow. Goos luck

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Thanks P1, I have between now and mid August to show improvement.

Yep! It’s an employees market right now so you should benefit off that!

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Yes you should look. But I’d also ask your counselor, what is “significant improvement” and how can I demonstrate it? The term is so vague. Their response should help to determine what this feedback means. I like to ask people what exactly I need to do - technical knowledge is so broad. What tax sections do I need to be familiar with? What type of client work do I need to be on? How many memos should I write? If they can tell you “do x, y, z” to demonstrate your technical skills, and you clearly achieve that, then it should be smoother sailing.

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If you want to stay, you should reach out to your relationship leader. Have a discussion with them and get action items of things you need to do to be ready for promotion and ask what types of opportunities you need. Then set up recurring monthly meetings with them for 15-30 minutes where you go over what you have been doing and to make sure you are getting the right opportunities. If you are on a recurring team set up time with the manager and explain the situation and ask them for the opportunities your relationship leader said you need. The recurring monthly meetings to update your relationship leader are critical because then they are fully aware of your progression and can talk to it at CRT. Note - if your relationship leader won’t do this, get a new one. There are people at the firm who will help you.

International tax associate to senior is almost automatic… so start looking

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Yeah, look for a new job and see if they will give you a senior title (that way it looks like you were going to get it Id you stayed at your old firm lol).

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Do you plan to stay in international tax if you look for another job?

Yeah, that’s the lame part. I like what I do.

It's easier to explain why you quit before they passed you over for promotion than after... And everyone in accounting knows the normal career progressions. If you plan to stay, expect to work your ass off and kiss extra ass for a full year to get the promo to clear the non-promotion year red flag off your resume.

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