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Regain Your Job Search Optimism With Three Easy Steps

If you’ve been in a job search for more than a few months, you already know that one of the greatest challenges is maintaining a positive attitude. Without it, going through the motions can feel as demotivating as running a race in lead boots. You begin to think "What’s the use?
Technology

Computerized Uniform CPA Examination Tutorial Available

The CPA Letter - AICPAA tutorial for the computerized Uniform CPA Examination is now available. The tutorial was created to help familiarize accounting students and CPA Examination candidates with the revised Uniform CPA Examination, which will be delivered in a computer-based format beginning April 5, 2004. The tutorial explains the design and operation of the computer- based test, and reviews the types of questions and responses used in the new exam.
Practice Management

Resolving Personality Conflicts at Work

How do you handle conflict in the workplace? Most of us do not deal with it very effectively - if we even deal with it at all.Maintaining relationships is key to resolving conflict, so if a situation is thought to be unfixable, the best advice given by experts is to figure out a way to 'remix' the situation so the two parties look at the situation differently.Here are a few tips for consideration. Think before acting.
Community News

E&Y Makes Top 100 List of Best Places to Work for IT Pros

Computerworld magazine has published its 10th annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work for IT professionals, and Big Four firm Ernst & Young has made the cut.Computerworld ranks companies based on responses to a 100-question survey that includes information about average salary and bonus increases, percentage of IT staff promoted, IT staff turnover rates, training and development, and percentage of women and minorities in IT staff and management positions.
Education & Careers

Student Loan Rates Dip to New Low

If you are still carrying a few student loans from your college years, this might be the time to consolidate. Variable interest rates on federal student loans dropped to an all-time low of 3.42 percent last week.Since federal law currently allows for just one consolidation of loans, this is the time to do it. Usually graduates have just 10 years to repay their loans. By consolidating, graduates can choose from among four different repayment plans which carry a term of anywhere from 10-30 years, and lock in the low interest rate for the entire period.
Practice Management

Making Ethical Decisions - Part Five: Obstacles to Ethical Decision Making

Reprinted from Ethics in Action with permission of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. © 2002 Josephson Institute of EthicsObstacles to Ethical Decision Making: Rationalizations...We judge ourselves by our best intentions, our noblest acts and our most virtuous habits. But others tend to judge us by our last worst act. So in making tough decisions, don’t be distracted by rationalizations. Here are some of the most common ones:If It’s Necessary, It’s EthicalThis rationalization rests on the false assumption that necessity breeds propriety.
Community News

Making Ethical Decisions - Part Four: The Seven-Step Path to Better Decisions

Reprinted from Ethics in Action with permission of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. © 2002 Josephson Institute of EthicsThe Seven-Step Path to Better Decisions...1. STOP AND THINKOne of the most important steps to better decisions is the oldest advice in the world: think ahead. To do so it’s necessary to first stop the momentum of events long enough to permit calm analysis.
Education & Careers

College Grads Facing Tough Job Market

The bleak economy is putting a damper on graduation day for many college seniors across the country as they face the most daunting job market in recent history. Add the influx of new college grads to the ranks of unemployed workers and soon 9 million people will be competing for 3 million jobs.In addition to fewer available jobs, starting salaries are lower this year, with technical job offers down nearly 8 percent over what last year’s graduates were offered, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Practice Management

Making Ethical Decisions - Part Three: Groundwork For Making Effective Decisions

Reprinted from Ethics in Action with permission of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. © 2002 Josephson Institute of EthicsGroundwork for Making Effective Decisions...Whether or not we realize it at the time, all our words, actions and attitudes reflect choices. A foundation to good decision-making is acceptance of two core principles:- we all have the power to decide what we do and what we say, and - we are morally responsible for the consequences of our choices. Sometimes the power to choose is not self-evident.
Education & Careers

Robert Half Int'l to Offer Free Professional Development to Candidates

Robert Half International Inc. (RHI), a provider of accounting and finance professionals to business, has signed an agreement making it the only staffing firm to offer the Microsoft Office Specialist Program to temporary professionals and job candidates. RHI will deliver the program free to its registered candidates at all of its North American offices.Through a strategic business alliance with the Microsoft Office Specialist Program, RHI will offer registered job candidates the opportunity to earn Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in Word and Excel.
Education & Careers

Making Ethical Decisions - Part Two: The Six Pillars of Character...

Reprinted from Ethics in Action with permission of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. © 2002 Josephson Institute of Ethics(View Making Ethical Decisions - Part One: Making Sense of Ethics)The Six Pillars of Character...Trustworthiness. Respect. Responsibility. Fairness. Caring. Citizenship. The Six Pillars of Character are ethical values to guide our choices.
Education & Careers

Computerized CPA Exam Tutorial Now Available

Want to know how the new computerized CPA exam will work? Curious what it will look like? Wonder what's included? Now you can find out, thanks to a new online tutorial available at www.cpa-exam.org.The tutorial was created to help familiarize accounting students and CPA Examination candidates with the revised Uniform CPA Examination. The examination will be delivered in a computer-based format beginning April 5, 2004 throughout the United States.
Education & Careers

The Significance of New Employee Orientation Programs

We are all aware of the implications of poor hiring decisions. They can cost the company time and money, and they can result in low employee morale. One basic step to ensuring that new hires get off to a positive start is to conduct an effective employee orientation program. Employees who are properly trained and introduced to the company early feel better about their choice of employer and usually fit in more quickly.
Education & Careers

Accounting Camps Teach Students Real-Life Skills

This summer young people from all over the United States will participate in a variety of programs to help prepare the next generation of accountants for success in the business world. Many high school and college students will forego hanging out at the beach to spend time at accounting camp, where they’ll get a chance to meet accounting professionals and learn about jobs in the accounting field.
Education & Careers

Making Ethical Decisions - Part One: Making Sense of Ethics...

Reprinted from Ethics in Action with permission of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. © 2002 Josephson Institute of EthicsPart One of FiveMaking Sense of Ethics...Should I lie on a job application to spare my children from being thrown in the street? Should I ignore my boss’s hypocrisies to keep my position? Making ethical decisions can be difficult. We make most of them in a world of economic, professional and social pressures, which can obscure moral issues. Often we don’t know or understand crucial facts.
Education & Careers

Job Offers, Salaries up For Accounting Grads

This year’s crop of accounting graduates is faring well in an otherwise lackluster job market. Unlike graduates in information science or engineering, most business administration majors are receiving starting salaries higher than last year, according to a recent salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a Bethlehem, PA-based organization that provides information to college career services practitioners and human resource professionals.
Education & Careers

'Certified MBA' Designation Exam Set to Launch May 5

Whether it is "XYZ," "Cognitors" or "Certified Masters of Business Administration," a move is afoot to create a new designation that distinguishes "experts" from the pack of graduate level and professional level business persons.Testing will begin on May 5, 2003 for interested MBA graduates and students wishing to earn a Certified Masters of Business Administration (CMBA) certification.
Education & Careers

Decision to Deep-Six Accounting Journals Causes Quite a Stir

Accounting faculty around the country are taking to the Internet in a grassroots campaign to fight for two educational resources they hold dear - Accounting Horizons and Issues in Accounting Education - educational journals published by the American Accounting Association, whose future is in the crosshairs of the associations' Executive Committee.A letter by American Accounting Association President G.
Education & Careers

Unique Community Effort Brings Accounting Education to Classroom

In a unique collaboration, the Indiana CPA Society, Junior Achievement, college student interns and CPAs will work together to bring accounting education to elementary and middle school students in central Indiana.The internship program will involve Junior Achievement of Central Indiana and its Exchange City program. This JA program was developed to reverse the trend of students' lack of basic understanding of business, economics and the free enterprise system while fostering the job and life skills needed for their future careers and success.
Education & Careers

Career Fairs—Your Shortcut to Job Interviews

By, Deborah Walker, CCMC In many cities and local communities, spring is career fair season. While these events often prove disappointing, job-seekers who understand how “work” career fairs use these events as powerful networking sessions leading to interviews with future employers. If you are considering attending a job fair soon, you’ll get more out of the event by following these three rules.Rule #1: Plan ahead.Know ahead of time which companies will attend the event. Decide which employers you are interested in contacting.

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