“You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that’s fine, but what you should never lose is the respect for the others.”
Before you read this post, let me say that is will be the post that will get me in the most trouble. I might get too emotional and there may be grammatical errors all over the post. If you can’t handle the truth then you still have time to stop reading. OK, you have been warned!
Dear Fellow Young Tax Professionals,
How dare you talk to me a certain way because I haven’t worked for a public firm? How dare you look at me a certain way because I’m not a CPA? Young Lady, just because we are same the age and I’m trying to talk to you, doesn’t mean that I’m not trying to get your phone number for a date (put your shield down)! Dude, I don’t view myself as your competition!
Stop acting silly because we are all in the same boat!
Jamaal Solomon, EA, MST
Before you start claiming that I’m overacting, let me confirm that I speak from experience and my heart. I left my first tax association organization (I don’t give up names) because the members made me feel like crap after every networking event. This organization networking events consisted of mostly 21 – 35 year old CPAs. My first strike was not being an CPA. The next strike was not working for a big firm like KPMG. My third strike was allowing these arrogant tax accountants get to me mentally! I just don’t how you can be so arrogant when you’re just an employee? Huge accounting firms layoff employees like every five seconds. You never know when you might need a small fry like myself. I’m not a forgiving dude so I’m sorry if you need me in the future.
Years later after graduation, I went to one of my graduate school’s networking events. I started to have an conversation with a young female about her work as an accountant. I told her my huge struggles getting into corporate America. In response, she brags about how she got her job with no accounting experience. She said the interviewer said that they “saw” something in her. To be kind, I took her contact information so I can send her a “nice to meet you” email. The next day, I sent her a nice email and I never got a response back. Ok, this is not the first time someone did this to me so I wasn’t surprise. However, I’m about to share something really crazy with you. About a year later, this same female finally responses to my email asking if I had any leads on job openings! She just got fired! She didn’t even say sorry for not returning my email. She didn’t care about me when she was employed! Guess who didn’t get a response back from me? I know it was ugly not returning her email but I’m not perfect.
You know what? I’m a freaking arrogant young tax professional too! How dare I not respect someone that has been an accountant for years without establishing a big office? How dare I not respect an older tax accountant who doesn’t have a great website. How dare I question why some accountants still do tax returns by hand? C’mon Jamaal, get over yourself! I have no problem admitting that I’m a work in progress. However, I recognize the fact that ALL accountants must be respected. We must ALL help each other out in need. We need to stop viewing each other as competition. We must start to view our job titles as a gift from God. Don’t let a job title give you a false sense of security. Don’t let a job OR association (yeah I said association) title make you feel that you are better than your fellow tax professional.
Next Confession: Tax Association members that feel in love with their Board titles. Now nobody we will want me in their organization!