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Five Tips of Employment: #1 Create Your Personal Inventory

By September 29, 2015 No Comments

Author: Christine Dill

Welcome to the first of our “Five Tips of Employment” blog series. The next five weeks, we will be posting five different tips on selling yourself to an employer and landing that dream job.

Tip #1: Create Your Personal Inventory

In this day and age we are all different. We have different educations, different upbringings, and different backgrounds. When looking for a career, it is important to consider your Unique Selling Proposition. This is what makes YOU special, different, or set apart from the rest. Why should a prospective employer hire you?

Most CPA’s are not big self-promoters. We tend to forget all the things we have done, especially the positive things. We are not salesman (or sales women). To help you remember why you are worthy of hiring, you need to develop your Personal Inventory – a listing of what you have done, learned and accomplished in your life and career.

Your personal inventory will likely include:

  • Education,
  • Work experience,
  • Community service,
  • Sports,
  • Academic activities, or
  • Anything else you have done that makes you unique.

It is also beneficial to note the things you like to do, such as:

  • Traveling,
  • Reading,
  • Volunteering, or
  • Other hobbies/interests

This shows your ability to multi-task, passion for adventure, and experience with leadership. This different skillset shows another part of your uniqueness.

With your inventory in hand, you have completed the first few steps in preparing for an interview. Your personal inventory can also help you identify your true career interests.

So, start today by developing your inventory, so that you can be more effective in your career search.

Stay tuned for 4 more employment tips. For information about our careers or to learn more about creating your personal inventory, please visit our career pages, or contact Christine Dill at (231) 726-5835 or