AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 95
- AccountingWEB Interviews...Barry Melancon, AICPA President
- On-the-Job Perks Are Still Out There
- Important Tax Changes For 2003
- A Refresher Course in Online Job Postings
- Job Offers, Salaries up For Accounting Grads
- Court Date Set For $500 Billion Law Suit Against The IRS
- AICPA Resolves to Support CITP and Other Credentials
- A New Color of Money to be Unveiled This Month
- Delegation, Use of Technology Most Effective For Time Management
- Book Recommendation: Unaccountable: How The Accounting Profession Forfeited a Public Trust
- Developing Your Company's Ethics Policy
- Outlook Tip: Create a Signature Block For Your E-Mails
- Progress in The Learning Firm - Guest Article
- Providing Financial Services - Avoiding The Ten Traps
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AccountingWEB sat down with Barry Melancon to get his views of the profession and to get a rare personal insight into the man charged with the responsibility of advocacy of a profession in the throes of change.
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The job market continues to be tough, but there are pockets within the workplace where employers are getting creative with perks to keep their best employees and attract new ones.
There have been lots of changes in the tax rules. Many of them are mandated by indexing - that is, annual upward adjustments to provide relief from inflation, as measured by increases in the Consumer Price Index. What follows are the highlights of several changes that might affect you.
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By now, most employers have dabbled in, if not devoted a significant amount of time and money, to online job boards for their recruiting program. Today, there is a new set of rules, including some of these tips for success in the new world of online posting.
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.
10. Book Recommendation: Unaccountable: How The Accounting Profession Forfeited a Public Trust , By, Mike Brewster
The rounds of accounting scandals has shaken our economy and tarnished the reputation of a once-respected profession. The inherent conflicts within the flawed U.S. auditing system-where auditors are paid by the companies they audit and financial reports are now viewed as having little more veracity than press releases-have stunned a public that once believed auditors were their eyes and ears inside the country's biggest corporations. Now, renewed public interest has prompted the government and investors to once again ask: Where were the auditors? 
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There are definite advantages to owning your own business when you are wanting to establish an ethics policy. You see, ethics come from the top. Without setting an example at the top, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to convince your employees that they too should be ethical in their business dealings.
Here's a tip that works with Outlook Version - 2002. You can create a signature block that will automatically be added to the end of your outgoing e-mail messages by using Outlook's AutoSignature feature.
3. Progress in The Learning Firm 
Most firms made their initial investment in a training professional to focus on technical or software use training. While this role is still important, it is no longer the primary focus of the most progressive firms.
If you are considering adding financial services to your firm, here are the ten traps you want to avoid, along with a potential solution for each one.
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