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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.
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.

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