In my first month in
recruitment, the most common question has been “Why recruitment??!!” and I say,
After qualifying as a
Chartered Accountant and getting a degree in Law, I started my career as an
Indirect tax consultant in EY India. After 4 years I moved to Dubai and joined
EY Dubai in the VAT practice, where I was specializing in the Real Estate and
People know me as the ‘tax
geek’, someone who is highly passionate about the tax law and is specialized in
tax research and advisory work.
Thus, a switch to
recruitment, after having spent 8 years in EY as a tax professional, came as a
huge surprise to everyone. And to be honest, initially I was surprised at my
decision myself. It wasn’t a conscious move, but I just happened to stumble
upon this opportunity.
And that brings us to the
puzzling question – Why recruitment!
In 2019 when we had moved
back to India from the UAE, naturally my preference was to join my previous
team in EY India. But little did I realize how difficult it would be to get
back to the tax profile in the Indian scenario after a break of 5 years. India
had implemented GST, which is a very dynamic and evolving law. Indirect tax
professionals in India would know that a break of even one month can make a
person feel outdated given the continuous amendments to the law and the
complexity involved. As a result, a break of 5 years meant that I had to start
Again, when I moved back
to the UAE this year, I just did not feel ready to be in the mainstream VAT
profile. Honestly, it is a big challenge to pick up where you left off in this
profile, particularly when you have been switching geographies.
And on a personal front, I
feel my priorities have changed in the past few years. My little daughter has
been the focus of my life. Thus, while I wanted to busy and be engaged in work,
I wanted something less “taxing”! I was looking for something closely
allied to tax, but at the same time not a mainstream tax role.
That was when I just came
across this opportunity. As I said earlier, it wasn’t a conscious decision, but
it just happened. I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time.
as a tax recruitment specialist
In just a short span of 5
years, this region is witnessing the introduction of multiple taxes and tax
related compliances. With the upcoming #corporatetax and #transferpricing regime, it is going to be a golden period for the tax recruitment industry in this region.
I believe that my
experience as a tax professional at EY gives me an extra edge as a recruiter.
‘The exceptional EY experience’ will always stay with me. EY has not only
helped me to gain rich tax knowledge, but also develop a strong network of
professionals in Tax and Finance. Whether it is a client or a candidate, it
makes a world of difference when I am speaking with them. When I introduce
myself as a tax recruitment specialist, I am glad to say that I know my stuff.
I speak the same ‘tax language’ and I am able to understand the requirements in
a much better way by stepping into the shoes of the other person. Having an
overall knowledge of the tax landscape in this region helps to build a lot of
trust among the clients and candidates.
One day I was very happy
to get the feedback from one of my candidates that she has never seen any
recruiter having so much tax knowledge. Well, to be fair, I have more tax
knowledge than of recruitment!!
Working at Alchemy Search
has been a very refreshing change for me. It’s quite interesting to work in a
start-up environment. I have been lucky to have such a great team to work with.
They have been incredibly patient with me and have helped me to transition to
this role smoothly. I would specially thank Conor McHugh, ACCA who always has some encouraging and motivating words for me like “It’s ok to make mistakes!” and “It’s just part of the game”
My first few weeks in
recruitment have been a rollercoaster ride for sure! Long story short, this was
how I spent my first month at Alchemy Search!
Week 1 –
From the moment I updated
my LinkedIn to announce my new job, I was flooded with wishes, invitation
requests and CVs. For someone who had been virtually invisible on LinkedIn
until then, it was quite an overwhelming experience. And for a person like me,
who would spend hours poring over the tax laws or reading case laws and
analysing excel sheets, this was seriously a huge change. Week 1 was a
Week 2 – Work
I was fortunate enough to
start working on a senior tax role almost immediately. I really enjoyed
researching and digging out relevant profiles, reaching out to my professional
network and speaking to new potential candidates on a daily basis. It was quite
a busy and action-packed week.
The best part of my second
week was the Diwali event hosted by Alchemy Search. It was a perfect opportunity
to network with senior tax and finance professionals, and to catch up with old
friends and colleagues.
Alchemy Search Diwali dinner
Week 3 –
After the sourcing was
done and profiles shared, the waiting game began. It was a patience test to get
the feedback of the interviews and awaiting the next steps from the client.
Week 4 –
Made my first placement
ever! It was a very satisfying feeling indeed. And I learnt how important it is
to build a strong relationship with the client as well as the candidate
throughout the process.
Moving away from tax was a
huge decision, and there is no right or wrong decision. I am just happy to have
had this opportunity of trying something different and taking up a new
challenge. When you step outside your comfort zone, you discover a whole new
side about yourself, which you never even knew existed. I had always thought of
myself as an introvert, but surprisingly I find myself looking forward to
attending networking events, connecting with new people and reconnecting with
my old connections.
There is a famous quote by
the Buddha – “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what
matters the most.”
So don’t be afraid to
reinvent yourself and experiment with something new. If you don’t challenge
yourself, you won’t discover your true potential. Give it your best shot…You
never know, it may be well worth it in the end!