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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
Education & Careers

Study Reveals Financial Performance Higher for Companies with Women at the Top

A new study released today by Catalyst demonstrates that companies with a higher representation of women in senior management positions financially outperform companies with proportionally fewer women at the top. These findings support the business case for diversity, which asserts companies that recruit, retain, and advance women will have a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.
Education & Careers

Your New Year's Resume Checkup

By Deborah Walker, CCMCLike millions of people coast to coast, you may have resolved to start 2004 with renewed job-search enthusiasm. If it has been a while since you brushed up your old resume, you’ll want to begin your job search with a New Year’s resume check up. These five questions will help you focus your resume for even better results in the new year. Has your career objective changed since your last job search? More specifically, are you attempting to change your industry or profession?
Education & Careers

Insights For a Better Organization During The Coming Year!

Stay flexible. Change will be constant. New opportunities will present themselves. Unexpected challenges will throw themselves at you. Be ready to duck, bob, weave, side step, and hop-scotch. Agility is power. Stay alert to your own environment. Even carefully watching the trends, we can't predict everything that will happen to you and your company. Futurists work at the "30,000 foot" level; corporate leaders operate at the mountain top level. Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground. Practice "Future Thinking." Always look ahead in everything you do.
Community News

Assess Skills Of Prospective Hires With Project Work

Getting a foot in the door has long been the goal of enterprising job seekers. A new survey shows employers also embrace this approach. Sixty-three percent of chief information officers (CIOs) said it's beneficial for potential new hires to work on a project or contract basis before being offered a full-time position. One in five executives said this strategy was very valuable.The national poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.
Education & Careers

Behavioral Styles and Dealing With Differing Views

by Phyllis Weiss HaserotAny organization composed of more than one person runs into the need for consensus building from time to time. At least once in a while, everyone you need to deal with doesn't see eye to eye. As marketers and leaders, we need to build consensus and resolve conflicts frequently or our great ideas go nowhere. This takes sensitivity, skill and creativity - especially in the context of a partnership culture.BEHAVIORAL STYLES AND PREFERENCES
Practice Management

Are Your Documentation Ducks In A Row?

This free report lays out the do's and don'ts of creating, maintaining, and retaining the forms you work with every day, from both a legal and practical perspective.Every company is responsible for filing and recording hundreds of documents required by federal and state laws.
Education & Careers

'What Would I Find in Your Refrigerator?' and Other Strange Interview Questions

Think you're ready for any question that comes your way in a job interview? OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals, recently asked executives for the strangest questions they had been asked by hiring managers during an interview. The responses ranged from unusual to outrageous. The national survey was developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by an independent research firm.
Education & Careers

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.

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