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Best Degrees and Curriculum for Accounting Grads

In an article in the Winter 2002 issue of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, two accounting professors at Ball State University explore the pros and cons of four types of degrees and curriculum available to accounting students today. MS, Accounting. The master’s in accounting degree provides the best preparation for the CPA examination.
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The Well-Traveled Accountant - The Value of International Experience

Accepting that transfer to your company’s Paris office could have far-reaching career benefits, according to a recent survey. Fifty-six percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled said international experience will be at least somewhat necessary for accounting and finance professionals five years from now.
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Job Search Tips: Getting That Interview

Malcolm Finney of Management Dynamics looks at the ground rules for getting an interview with a prospective employer.Much has been written about the interview process. Books and articles abound offering advice to potential interviewees; how to sit; how to answer questions; how to ask questions; what to wear; and so on.The clear presumption is, of course, that an invitation for interview will naturally be forthcoming. However, sadly, it may not happen.
Technology

Is Your Resume Internet Friendly?

By Beth Jackson, reprinted from www.CareerBank.comResume etiquette is no longer a matter of hand-written vs. typewritten. Your resume, with all of its neatness and perfect grammar, can be your downfall if it’s not properly formatted for the electronic medium. Recruiters and employers are quickly turning to automated, electronic means to receive, process and eventually review resumes.
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2002 Accountants Salary Guide Released

Robert Half and Accountemps have released their new 2002 Salary Guide, designed to provide comprehensive data on average starting salaries for accounting and finance professionals.Salary ranges for 2002 are based on actual starting compensation in 2001. the information in the guide is derived from the job searches, negotiations, and placements conducted by Robert Half International's U.S. offices.Salaries projected in the guide reflect salaries at the time of hire and exclude bonuses and other factors that may be included in a starting compensation package.
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Credit Reports and Job Hunting

By Lester S. Rosen, Attorney at Law and President, Employment Screening Resources, reprinted with the permission of CareerBankEmployers can request credit reports before making a hiring decision, but applicants should be aware of their rights in this regard.Many job applicants are discovering that employers require pre-employment credit reports before they hire.
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New Test For MBA Candidates

Researchers at Yale and the University of Michigan have spent two years developing a new test to assess business school candidates. The Successful Intelligence Assessment (SIA) test is not expected to replace the GMAT any time soon, but may be offered as a supplement to the GMAT. The SIA test assesses an applicant's potential for business success.The SIA is based on the "successful intelligence" theory devised by Robert J. Sternberg, one of the primary researchers on the project. The theory proposes that analytical, creative, and practical abilities are all requirements of success.
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Deloitte Leads Pack with Advances for Women

Big Five firm Deloitte & Touche has announced the appointments of 16 women to senior positions. With these appointments, the firm has taken a significant step to increase female representation at high levels, a commitment it made publicly earlier this year with the release of a long-range plan for women's advancement called Vision 2005."We are in a highly competitive, information-based profession in which the talent of our people – their intellectual capital - is the single most significant determinant of our success," said James E.
Community News

Mayor Giuliani to Join Ernst & Young?

According to the New York Post, New York's outgoing mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, may be considering a position with the Big 5 firm of Ernst & Young!While neither confirming nor denying the negotiations, the mayor suggested that he was at least in discussions with the company. Responding to a question about whether he might be considering a position at Ernst & Young, the mayor said, "I think I'd rather discuss that privately, but it's, it's still very preliminary."An aide to Mr. Giuliani said that he thought such a move by the mayor was not likely.
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Deloitte Promotion Goes High-Tech

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu commissioned the Carbone Smolan Agency to design what is referred to as an interactive e-brochure which promotes the Big Five firm's Global Tax and Legal Services department. The e-brochure, available on Deloitte's global web site, uses Quick Time film and Flash animation, music, colors, and glitz to describe opportunities within the firm.Deloitte hopes to lure J.D. and LL.M.
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How to Keep Your Contacts and Make Them Work

By Beth Jackson, reprinted from www.CareerBank.comNetworking 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 in launching and maintaining a viable professional network.Make a conscious decision of whom you want to keep in contact with for your network. A large list of contacts can be a burden to maintain.
Technology

Indiana CPA Society Student Site Wins Award

The Student section of the Indiana CPA Society's (INCPAS) Web site has been awarded first place for excellence in public relations programming by the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) East Central District. The site, which is part of the INCPAS ongoing student initiatives program, was commended for its research, planning, execution, and results.
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PwC Continues Job Cuts

PricewaterhouseCoopers has asked another 330 consultants in its UK offices to take voluntary layoffs due to the economic slowdown, according to the Financial Times.PwC informed staff on Wednesday. This latest cull comes after the firm cut 5% of its U.S.
Tax

Jobs Available at IRS

The IRS is searching for accountants who are interested in becoming IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents. Job openings for 300 new agents have been announced and applicants may apply online.Candidates selected for the special agent positions will attend a comprehensive training program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. Training begins with a one-week orientation program sponsored by the National Criminal Investigation Training Academy.
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'Survivor' Game Makes Accounting Look Like Fun

The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) has found an innovative way to make the accounting profession look like, well, fun. The organization has launched a Web-based game, CPA Career Adventure, designed to make the accounting profession look attractive to high school students.Participating students will track their scores from launch date through Friday, Nov. 30, and will be eligible to win prizes, including a Macintosh iBook laptop computer.
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Illinois CPA Society Launches New Site for Students

Students interested in a career in accounting can find all the answers they need with just one click of the mouse. The Illinois CPA Society announces the launch of www.FutureCPA.org, the exciting new website that is devoted to providing students of all ages with valuable resources and the latest accounting career information. Students can reference information on scholarships, loans and grants, and review a list of two-and four-year Illinois colleges and universities that offer accounting programs.
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Wall Street Journal Launches New Site for Students

The Wall Street Journal has launched College Journal, a free site for undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students providing job-search and career-guidance information.
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Active Job Seekers = Successful Job Seekers

Why it makes sense to do more than just send out your resume and wait for your next opportunity!By Sarah Werley There are two types of job seekers in the employment world, and a year ago both were pretty successful. But today, as the job market shrinks and competition for a good position gets tough, only one of those types is going to continue to be successful. Type A is the passive job seeker, who sends out a few resumes and may post their resume online. They then sit back and wait for the employers to come to them.
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2001 - 2002 CPA Exam Dates and Helpful Information

Examination Dates 2001: November 7-8, 2001Examination Dates 2002: May 8-9, 2002November 6-7, 2002 Examination Schedule:Business Law & Professional ResponsibilitiesWednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AuditingWednesday, 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Accounting & Reporting; and Taxation, Managerial, and Governmental and Not-for-profit AccountingThursday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Financial Accounting & ReportingThursday, 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Scholarship Winners Announced

Accountemps, the world's first and largest temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) have announced the winners of the 2001-2002 Accountemps/AICPA Student Scholarship.The two first-place recipients -- Kimberlyn Gall of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Marisa Neste of Seattle Pacific University -- each received $2,500 toward their education.

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