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Outsourcing to India to Increase 50% Next Year

All the talk against foreign outsourcing this political season has not translated into action by U.S. executives, who plan to send 50 percent more work to India next year.According to a study by Ernst & Young, while opposition to outsourcing has intensified in the presidential campaign and among union groups, the flow of work to India has remained constant, the Financial Times of London reported. "The sentiment is very strong.
A&A

Show Me the Money: Workers Put a Bonus, Raise First on Wish List

It may not buy happiness, but money is top of mind for employees today, according to a recent survey. Nearly half (48 percent) of workers polled said what they want most at work is a bonus or raise. More time off ranked second, with 24 percent of the response, followed by additional support at the office, with 17 percent. The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals.
Education & Careers

Recruiters Searching for MBA Grads in Finance and Accounting

Companies that hire MBA graduates are more optimistic about their recruiting plans this year. Only half are blaming the economy for limiting their hiring, compared to 69 percent only two years ago, according to the 2004 Corporate Recruiters Survey just released by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®).Improvement in the economy has also allowed more companies to hire new MBAs.
Education & Careers

Employers Expect to Increase College Hires by 11.2 Percent

New college graduates embarking on the job search have reason to be cautiously optimistic. Employers say they plan to hire 11.2 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2004 than they hired from the Class of 2003, according to a new report published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Education & Careers

Forbes Releases List of Top 25 Fastest-Growing Big Companies

Forbes magazine last week released its second annual listing of the 25 Fastest-Growing Big Companies, adding Amazon.com to the list for the first time.One of the few companies to survive the dot-com era, Amazon is expanding far beyond its original origins as an online book store and is the closest thing to a tech company on the list of the top 25.Nextel Communications, Countrywide Financial and Northrop Grumman were among the better-known companies to make the list, which requires that companies have at least $5 billion in annual revenue and have a five-year revenue growth rate of at lea
Practice Management

Administrative Professionals Are Vital Communication Liaisons, Professional Secretaries' Week is April 18-24

Administrative professionals play a vital role in facilitating the flow of information and communication intoday's office. They also serve as key front-line public relations ambassadors for their managers and their organizations.The field of more than four million administrative professionals in the United States and Canada includes executive assistants, secretaries, office managers and other administrative support staff.As communication liaisons, administrative professionals maintain and support relationships with other managers, employees, customers, vendors and the public.
Education & Careers

Computer Based CPA Exam Officially Launched

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Thomson Prometric have officially launched the computer-based Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination.The CPA Examination, which has a long and trusted history in the licensing of CPAs, will now be delivered on behalf of boards of accountancy through 300 Thomson Prometric testing labs in the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Education & Careers

Resume Posting vs. Resume Distribution—Do You Know the Difference?

The electronic age has revolutionized the way job seekers and employers meet. The marvels of online automation take the volume of resume traffic to levels unimagined only a few years ago. With services to job seekers expanding continually, it’s important to understand the different options available to increase the exposure of your resume to potential employers and recruiters.Two such services are Resume Posting and Resume Distribution. Do you know the difference between them?
Community News

Employers Consider New Enticements to Attract Workers

As the economy gradually improves, workers are starting to look around for better career opportunities, leading employers to plan new ways to attract and keep talent."I think some employers are looking at a mass exodus," said Robert Morgan, president for employment solutions at Spherion, an international recruiting and outsourcing firm based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The New York Times reported that a Spherion survey of 3,000 workers last year indicated that 51 percent wanted to leave their jobs, and 75 percent of that group said they were likely to leave within a year.
Community News

UCLA Rattles Accounting Students with Program Changes

Acknowledging the changing times confronting the accounting profession, UCLA has made some controversial changes to its accounting minor requirements, forcing some students to attend summer school so they can finish on time.Realizing the accounting program isn’t producing the desired amount of CPAs, UCLA officials took steps to make their program more competitive and to make graduates more appealing to accounting firms."The changes come in line with the fact that accounting has changed a lot and our program hadn't," David Aboody, the area chair and associate professor of accounting at
Community News

Don't Let Your Best Employees Jump Ship: What You Can Do

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President of The Discovery GroupTHE PROBLEM:The last few years have been very difficult for employees. They have experienced large scale layoffs, the outsourcing of their jobs, limited advancement opportunities, and low, if any, pay increases. In private, many have said to their colleagues, "When the economy turns around, I'm outta here." In fact, our research in 60 organizations over the past 10 years shows that 32 percent of employees claim that they plan to leave within the foreseeable future.
Community News

AICPA Honors Top CPA Exam Performers; Women Bring Home Top Honors

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has announced the winners of the semi-annual Elijah Watt Sells Awards, presented to the CPA candidates who attain the highest combined grades in all four sections of the two-day Uniform CPA Examination. The Gold Medal winner for the highest grade is Alison Rae Mathis of Tampa, Florida.
Education & Careers

Don’t Sabotage Your Job Search with False Assumptions

By Deborah Walker, CCMCMost job seekers understand that the job market has changed radically over the last few years. Sadly, however, many still hold to job-search assumptions that do not apply to our current market conditions. If you believe any of the following five statements, you could be dragging your job search out longer than necessary. Cut your job search time by knowing the truth about the job market and learning how to combat these assumptions. "My last job search was a snap.
Education & Careers

Deloitte & Touche Hosts 'School to Work Day'

More Than 600 High School Students Become Consultants for a Day...Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, will play host to more than 600 "at risk" high school students today, March 5 as part of "School to Work Day." The program, which is designed to motivate students to stay in school and prepare for a career, will be held in more than 30 Deloitte offices across the country. Hundreds of people from Deloitte will volunteer their time throughout the day, as instructors and mentors.
A&A

State Farm Launches Online Financial Education Program for Students

State Farm(R) this week unveiled a new financial education website that provides fun ways for K-12 students to learn basic principles of financial responsibility and money management.With only a handful of states requiring students to complete a personal finance course before graduating high school(1), the State Farm "Common Cents"(TM) online program can help parents and educators give children the real-life skills they need to become smart consumers, sensible savers and responsible investors. Located in the "Kid Stuff" section of State Farm's website at
Technology

CPA Examination Registration Begins; Tutorial and Sample Tests Online

The Uniform CPA Examination has been revised and is now delivered by computer. The revised examination consists of multiple-choice questions and condensed case studies called simulations. Thomson Prometric annouced on March 1 that scheduling for all four (4) exam sections can now be done through the Internet. To take the CPA Examination, you must contact the Board of Accountancy, or the board’s designated agent, in your selected jurisdiction to receive an application form.
Education & Careers

Outsourcing to India Grows While Legislation Aims to Apply Brakes

The trend towards outsourcing accounting work to India added another brick to its foundation this week, with the announcement of the launch of a new U.S. based company to assist with the transactions.Accountants in India (AII) is the brainchild ofaccounting profession veterans Wayne Harding (formerly with AICPA's CPA2Biz) and KC Truby (Bridge 21). The outsourcing matchmaker was launched Thursday to help lower costs for U.S. accounting firms by hiring full-time accounting professionals in India.
Tax

WMU Beta Alpha Psi Chapter Provides Free Tax Help to Intl. Students

Fifty volunteers from the Western Michigan University’s branch of the national accounting honor society Beta Alpha Psi will receive some real-world accounting experience while providing valuable community service.The students are teaming up with members of the National Association for Black Accountants to help international students with their U.S.
Education & Careers

Does Corporate America Need CPOs?

First there was the chief executive officer and the chief financial officer. With scandals and fraud came the advent of the chief accountability officer and the chief ethics, knowledge, regulatory and disclosure officers, to name a few. Technology brought us the chief information officer.
Education & Careers

Selling on the Inside: Attitude and Aptitude

By, Troy WaughBecoming an insider and selling to owners, board members and top management takes a unique combination of both attitude and aptitude. An attitude that you, as a businessperson, have the expertise and stature to converse with these top officers is crucial. But attitude is not enough. With a proper sense of self-worth you can start the conversation, but it takes real know-how to hold the attention of top officers.Attitude

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