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Creating Your Ideal Career

By, Keith Rosen Do you love your job? Are you maximizing the career path that you're currently traveling on? Are you ready to attract your dream career; one that's aligned with your passions, strengths and talents? Do you have a strategy to easily transition from one career to the next with the least amount of risk or worry? Do you have a passion that you'd like to express in your career? The fact is, over 80% of all people in the workplace are not truly happy or satisfied with their career.
Technology

Internet Resource: Business Terms Glossary

If you're looking to brush up on business terms for your job, or if you just want to sound like you've got the ins and outs of the business world down pat, the Washington Post's Glossary of Business Terms will do the trick. With more than 1,250 business terms organized alphabetically, the site lets you browse by letter or search by word. The glossary is broad, and includes basic definitions of terms like "agreement" and "sale," as well as definitions of complex processes like calculating a futures contract multiple and dynamic hedging.
Education & Careers

Three Critical Elements of a Successful Job Search

Any marketing guru will tell you, the success of a product launch depends on the quality of its advertising message, its exposure to a targeted audience and the skill of its sales presenters. If any one of those critical elements is missing, revenues fall short of corporate goals. Likewise, a successful job search requires:A clear marketing message (resume and cover letter) Ample exposure to targeted employersPolished interview skills to secure the job offer.Fall short on either of the three, and an extended, lengthy job search is the result.
Education & Careers

Strategic Vision - All Firms Need It

This article provided by Gary Boomer, CPA, of Boomer Consulting. Vision is important if your firm plans to grow and prosper. The large firms spend considerable resources on visioning and strategic planning. Building consensus and gaining input from staff, managers, and owners is important. Perhaps your firm is smaller and doesn’t feel it can spend the resources on strategic planning. Based upon what the well-managed firms do, at a minimum, your firm should have a one-page strategic plan with measurable goals.
Education & Careers

Career Networking Tips and Ideas

Networking is a matter of maintaining relationships with people who can assist you in your future professional objectives. These people could be bosses, coworkers, subordinates, competitors or golfing buddies. The following is a short list of tips to assist you in maintaining a viable professional network. Make a conscious decision of with whom you want to keep in contact for your network. Choose quality over quantity. Don't feel the need to network with people who can't assist in furthering your career. Remember that every contact you make can be important.
AccountingWEB Life

How to Stay Motivated Day in and Day Out

By Kerry L. Johnson, Ph.D. It's 8am on Monday morning. You had a great weekend and wish it didn't have to end. Last week was finished with a bang but today you just don't feel the same motivation to win. As a result you walk in the office and immediately read your mail. Then you talk to another salesperson for an hour while sipping coffee. It's almost time for lunch. You avoid propsecting for customers due to the lack of time available before you eat. You're back at 1:30pm and realize you have a couple of letters to write. It's time to go home. You just wasted a day.
Community News

Survey Reveals Clients Deeply Dissatisfied With Professional Service Providers

Despite efforts at reform brought about by corporate governance concerns and the Enron accounting scandal, corporate executives remain deeply dissatisfied with the work product provided by their accounting, legal, IT and other consultants according to a new survey. As a result, according to the survey, 1 in 9 professional services or consulting relationships could be terminated in the next 12 months.
Technology

AICPA Launches Educational Competency Assessment Site

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) recently announced the creation of "The Educational Competency Assessment (ECA)" Web site. This site will provide resources to help educators integrate the skills-based competencies needed by entry-level accounting professionals. These competencies, defined within the AICPA Core Competency Framework Project, have been derived from academic and professional competency models and have been widely endorsed within the academic community.
Education & Careers

CEOs Concerned About Threats to Their Corporate Reputation

In a new national study of nearly 200 American chief executive officers, 81% expressed concern over threats to their corporate reputations, citing customer service problems, financial irregularity, negative press coverage and employee misconduct as among the issues that have the greatest potential to damage their corporate reputation."The clear message today is that CEOs live in a fishbowl," noted Christopher Komisarjevsky, president and chief executive officer, Burson-Marsteller worldwide.
Education & Careers

Job Market For 2004 College Grads Shows Improvement

The college Class of 2004 may reap the benefits of an improving job market, but results of a new survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) show it's unlikely the better outlook will translate into big starting salary offers. In an earlier NACE survey, employers projected hiring 12.7 percent more new college graduates in 2003-04 than they hired in 2002-03, the first projected increase since 2000-2001.
Education & Careers

The Resume Pyramid: Building a Great Resume From the Top Down

If you have experienced writer’s block while trying to construct your resume, you might find it helpful to think of your resume as a three-layered pyramid. All the elements of an effective resume will fit within those three layers. Layer #1: The Pyramid Pinnacle: Your Job FocusThe top layer of the pyramid is your career focus—the starting point of a great resume. Think of a focused resume as the opposite of a one-size-fits-all resume.
Education & Careers

Finding Ways To Make Your Employees Intrapreneurs

by Joyce GioiaIn our everyday work, we talk to a lot of people about what they want in their careers. It seems that many people--especially the young people we talk to--tell us that they're pretty happy doing what they're doing right now, but that eventually, they want to do their own thing. They want to own their own businesses. After all, that's the American Dream, right? Everybody wants to own his or her own business? Aren't entrepreneurs the kind of people who are most celebrated in our culture, these days, corporate or otherwise?
Education & Careers

AAA President-Elect: Accounting is Sexy Again

Jane Mutchler is bullish on accounting, and sees a bright silver lining on the corporate scandals of the last couple of years.
Education & Careers

Ten Preconditions To Personal Development

Reprinted with Permission from "The Goals Guy". Intellectual Curiosity - A passion to understand the changing forces swirling around you, an eagerness to learn them faster, and a recognition that learning is an unending journey. Humility - A pervasive acknowledgement that no one can have all the answers. You must have a willingness to learn from others. Self-Criticism - A logical extension of humility. A constant questioning of conventional wisdom and a keen awareness that success invariably sows the seeds of failure.
Education & Careers

2004 Salary Guide Now Available

Average starting salaries next year for accounting and finance professionals should remain consistent with 2003 levels, according to the just-released 2004 Salary Guide from Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Accountemps. Additionally, experienced accountants who can help businesses improve cash flow and address new reporting requirements will be in demand, research shows.“While salary levels overall will likely remain stable, candidates with highly sought-after skill sets may see modest gains in compensation,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International.
Education & Careers

Arthur Levitt to Chair Academic 'Think Tank'

Morgan Stanley, IBM Corp. and General Electric Co.’s GE Foundation will join forces and resources with Columbia University’s business school to create an academic think tank to take the lead in improving accounting standards and stock research.Called the Center for Excellence in Accounting and Security Analysis, the center will be chaired by Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Technology

Computerized CPA Exam Webcast Series Launched

The first of four live webcasts about the computer-based Uniform CPA Examination will broadcast next week from the (AICPA) studios. "With the new exam only six months away, we’re committed to helping everyone understand the changes and enhancements.” said Arleen Thomas, AICPA Vice President – Professional Standards & Services. The first of the series, "Educators: How to Prepare for the Computerized CPA Exam," is focused on educators and those who prepare Exam candidates. The webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Education & Careers

What Recruits Want to Know

By Phyllis Weiss Haserot With retention issues a significant cause for concern at most firms, it is useful to follow the trends on what job candidates are looking for. What kinds of questions are they more likely than previously to ask? Knowing what's on their minds enables interviewers to prepare responses and to push for reasonable changes that will make the firm more attractive to desirable recruits.
Education & Careers

AARP Survey Finds Most Americans Plan on Working Into 70s

A recent nationwide survey conducted by the AARP of 2,001 workers, between the ages of 50 and 70 years old found that many workers plan to continue working well beyond the customary retirement age of 65.Findings reveal that most workers still adhere to the traditional image of retirement, such as spending more time with loved ones and receiving pension and Social Security benefits. It was also uncovered that the majority of respondents said that their personal definition of retirement includes some form of work.
Practice

Overcoming Attendance Problems: Free Report

"Overcoming Attendance Problems" shines the legal spotlight on mistakes managers can make - and how to avoid them - when dealing with absenteeism and tardiness problems, especially regarding Family and Medical Leave Act and Workers' Comp requirements, along with pitfalls that exist when absenteeism decisions bump up against other anti-discrimination laws.Every time an employee takes an unexpected day off, it not only disrupts your company's schedule, it also wastes company cash.Plus, you have to deal with complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave

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