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The Top Accounting Employers for the Class of 2002

Even though the nation's job market may still be in the clutches of the economic recession, The Black Collegian magazine says there are a number of career opportunities awaiting the class of 2002. The magazine contacted major employers in business, industry, and government to learn where the jobs are.
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NJ CPAs Exceed $1M Goal to Support Accounting Students

Despite the restless economy and the resulting challenges for fundraisers, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) not only continued to reach for, but surpassed its $1Million Millennium Scholarship Campaign goal.The campaign, which ran for only 15 months and ended in January, raised more than $1,015,000 to increase the number and dollar amount of scholarships awarded to accounting students and to increase awareness about the benefits associated with a CPA career path.
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Enron Trickles Into Accounting Classrooms

College accounting professors are returning to the podium this semester with a new topic: Accounting practices and Ethics in light of the Enron situation. "Suddenly accounting professors are aware that accounting is no longer accurate and reliable," said Michael Granof, professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin.Even before all the facts are known, accounting students are finding Enron is in use as a case study in the classroom.
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Andersen to Address Faculty and Career Center Staff Concerns

With all of the talk about Enron and the role of Andersen as its auditor, students around the world are rightfully confused about whether to accept positions with the Big Five firm.In the first move to answer questions and calm the concerns of the entry level candidates, Joe Berardino, Andersen's CEO, will be hosting a conference call on Friday, February 15 at 2:00pm EST with key faculty & career center personnel of targeted universities around the country to discuss the Enron situation and communicate the firm's message regarding this issue.Several Andersen offices across North America
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Financial Planners Tackle Global Standards

Financial planning practices have developed rapidly in recent years in the U.S. and around the world. The AICPA has already established an accreditation designation for CPAs who specialize in personal financial planning (PFP). Now, an effort is underway to set global standards.
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Rx For Overworked Accountants During Busy Season

Tired of putting in 12-hour days, 7 days a week? Think there ought to be a law against mandatory overtime? Well, you’re not alone. The Japanese, known for long work hours, even have a word – karoshi – to describe death from overwork. Now, at last, there are products in the U.S. legislative pipeline that may actually cure this sickness without the expected side effects. The SicknessA study released in January 2002, by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) confirms there are a few U.S.
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'CPA Career Adventure Challenge' Enters The Classroom

Fans of Survivor take note - there's a new adventure challenge coming to a school near you, and it's got "CPA" written all over it.Last October, AccountingWEB reported on an innovative new web based game, created by the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, designed to make the accounting profession attractive to high school students.
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Enron Heightens Job Worries for Accounting Students

Job worries and career concerns are uppermost in the minds of today’s accounting students. Tarnished images, low starting salaries, and declining enrollments are symptoms of the times. But help is on the way.College Reactions“Business Students Fret Over Job Prospects” (New York Times, January 26, 2002) describes college reactions to the Enron collapse and ensuing calls for reform of the accounting profession. A few highlights:Job prospects. Most students appear to be worried most about their job prospects.
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Plante & Moran Scores Big on Fortune's 'Best Companies' List

Leading the small group of CPA firms that made the latest annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list is Michigan-based Plante & Moran, once again breaking into the top ten on the prestigious list.
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Only Three More Paper & Pencil CPA Exams Left

Irvin Gleim, Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and prolific CPA Review author, recently sat down with AccountingWEB to share his perspective on the coming changes in the CPA Exam.February 4, 2002 is the grade release date for the November 2001 exam. With that date coming up, it is a reminder that only three paper and pencil CPA exam opportunities are left before the conversion to a computerized exam. May 2003 will be the last CPA exam as we currently know it. Mr. Gleim encourages all current CPA candidates to finish up before November 2003.
Education & Careers

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.
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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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