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Overweight workers face bias in hiring

Bias toward overweight workers is especially strong in hiring, according to recent studies.
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CFOs expect little change in hiring activity in the fourth quarter

Most financial executives plan to maintain their current accounting and finance staff levels in the fourth quarter, according to a new survey.
Education & Careers

Preview of post-recession job market

Fifty-three percent of employers expect to hire full-time employees over the next 12 months while 40 percent will hire contract, temporary or project professionals and 39 percent will add part-time employees.
Education & Careers

72% of employers will strengthen employment brand to prepare for economy turn-around

As the nation works toward recovering from one of the steepest downturns in U.S. history, employers are preparing now for when the economy rebounds, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey. Seventy-two percent of employers who have employment brands say they are taking measures to strengthen those employment brands today, so they are competitively positioned for an upturn down the road.Employers are working to remedy the fallout of a grueling economy. The U.S. has lost 6 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Education & Careers

New MBA grads looking at alternative careers

As anyone from the MIT Sloan School of Management Class of 2009 will tell you, looking for work this spring has been no picnic. But now that most of them have landed jobs, they might also admit that the global economic downturn had some unexpected benefits. For some, the financial meltdown forced them some to consider different industries, different locations, and even different career paths and turned them on to new professional challenges.
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Preying on the desperation of the unemployed

As many unlucky job seekers are learning the hard way, an ailing economy can bring out the worst in people.With the unemployment rate at a 17-year high, some job searchers are feeling desperate, making them vulnerable to scammers who are happy to take advantage by promising job placements in return for money or personal information that is later used for identity theft.Joe Epstein, 58, of Brentwood, MO, did not fall into a common trap. A recent e-mail from a staffing firm promised him a portal to a new job, about a year after he was laid off as a sales representative.
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U.K. study suggests bias against male accounting candidates

It appears that gender bias in the workplace is alive and well, however more cases of male gender bias were found in in England, while the female gender still faces an uphill climb in the states. A study in the U.K. blames "occupational segregation" for bias against male applicants for accounting and computer analyst positions.Economists sent two fake applications for more than 400 jobs for chartered accountants, computer analysts, engineers, and secretaries. Each applicant had equal experience, qualifications, and age profiling, but one bore the name Emma and one was Phillip.
Education & Careers

Stay current in your profession while looking for a job

Managing your own professional development while looking for a job can be a real challenge, but with a certain amount of planning, it can help to burnish the resume and open some doors. With the luxury of time, a rare commodity in the careers of most accountants, you can update your business and computer skills while expanding their technical expertise. Ideally, your continuing education program will encompass interests as well as needs, and will be enjoyable.Take Advantage of What's Free
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Amid recession professionals look to reinvent themselves

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." - George EliotYou've recently been laid off after 25 years in the financial services industry. What now: finance executive turns yoga instructor? The answer to that question is a resounding…maybe? Read on and we'll explain.Undoubtedly, these are challenging times. And right now economic uncertainty is driving an increasing number of experienced professionals to reconsider their careers... and reinvent themselves.
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Economy drives demand, adds glamour to accountant’s role

When disaster strikes a community, the humble laborer steps in to physically rebuild homes, schools, businesses, and roads. When disaster strikes the economy, who will be the indispensable worker that will help rebuild the country's financial system? The humble accountant, of course.
Education & Careers

Looking for work? Consider project work

Professionals who are trying to land a job may want to pursue project work.
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New AICPA site designed to help with job searches in this poor economy

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is providing a free online job finder to make it as easy as possible for accounting employers and employees to find opportunities during the current U.S. economic recession."With some firms downsizing while others are adding professional staff, we are in a unique position to be able to help firms to work together in resolving their staffing challenges," said Barry Melancon, president and CEO of the AICPA.
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When social networking hurts, rather than helps your job search

It's old news that job searchers like to make connections online to increase their odds of getting the right job. What some job hunters may not know is that recruiters are looking at those connections too, long before the interview process begins.In fact, a survey of 3,100 employers by CareerBuilder.com shows that use of social networking sites to research candidates has grown from 11 percent in 2006 to 22 percent in 2008.
Education & Careers

Temp workers are popular option in tough economy

Traditionally, organizations work with temporary accounting professionals at tax season, quarter- and year-ends, and the monthly close.
Education & Careers

AICPA improves CPE online grading site

The AICPA has announced major improvements to its Online Grading Web site for CPE self-study courses. The upgrade of the AICPA CPE Online Grading site was done in collaboration with CPA2Biz, Inc., the marketing and technology subsidiary of the AICPA. The enhancements include a modern new design, improved navigation, new features to the exam, and a simplified login process.
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KPMG survey of accounting students discloses what students look for in jobs

Accounting students said career opportunities would be their primary consideration when choosing an employer while work/life balance would be their primary concern once they have entered the workforce, according to a recent survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm. In the KPMG survey of 2,026 accounting students nationwide, 43 percent said career opportunities would be their top criteria when choosing an employer, followed by 20 percent who said an employer's reputation and culture. Salary and benefits, at 14 percent, was much lower among factors.
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How to spot a job applicant with critical thinking skills

We've all known or worked with people who are unable or unwilling to solve problems on their own. They're the ones who seek support for the smallest issue. Employees like that may be fine for non-challenging tasks. But in a CPA firm, you need a workforce that can analyze the options, exercise good judgment, and make decisions. In other words, you need employees who can think critically. Unfortunately, this is not a skill that can be taught. So...
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KPMG's virtual World Jobs Fair generates thousands of applications

With more than 20,000 registrants and 40-plus countries participating, the KPMG World Jobs Fair, a 48-hour global virtual recruiting event, more than lived up to its name."It was huge," Lisa Rolston, KPMG associate director for eSourcing strategy and branding for experienced hire recruiting, told AccountingWEB. "It surpassed my expectations."Approximately 9,300 applications were generated during the virtual gathering in September and the company is still reviewing them.
Education & Careers

Career expert offers top 10 strategies for job seekers

There's no question job seekers face a challenging employment environment and must work hard to find new opportunities. To help professionals looking to make their next career move, Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of Job Hunting For Dummies, recently discussed the 10 strategies every would-be employee should follow."In this economic environment, applicants must be resourceful," said Messmer.
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Economy not expected to impact hiring of college grads

Employers have revised original hiring projections and now expect their college hiring to stay even with last year's levels, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).In light of volatile financial markets this past month, NACE recently re-polled employers that had provided hiring projections in August. The result: Compared to their earlier projections, responding employers expect to decrease their hiring levels by 1.6 percent.

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