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New generation of workers want technology their way

Millennial generation students and employees (those aged 14 to 27) expect to use their own technology and mobile devices for work and are increasingly choosing their place of employment based on how accommodating companies are to their personal technology preferences, according to a survey released today by Accenture. In addition, more than half (60 percent) of Millennials are either unaware of their companies’ information technology (IT) policies or are not inclined to follow them.The survey, which queried more than 400 U.S.
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Retiring boomers, aka encore workers, will seek meaning in new jobs

In these economic times, boomers will need to work longer, and many say they want a job that provides both money and meaning. The question is, are nonprofit employers interested in hiring employees who have finished their midlife careers? What makes nonprofits more eager - or less - to give encore workers a try?A national survey released this month by MetLife Foundation and Civic Ventures finds that half of nonprofit employers actually see encore workers as highly appealing, with an additional 39 percent finding them moderately appealing.
Education & Careers

Ajilon Finance releases 2009 Finance and Accounting Salary Guide

Despite the economic downturn, salaries for finance and accounting professionals are expected to remain strong in most regions across North America next year, according to the 2009 Salary Guide released by Ajilon Finance, an accounting and finance specialty recruitment and career advisement firm.Finance and accounting professionals in San Francisco and San Mateo, CA, are expected to be among those cities with the highest increases next year at 20.4 percent, while salaries in finance-centric New York City will be up 14.1 percent compared to the average salary in other regions.In conjuncti
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2009 Salary Guide shows accounting, finance salaries remain strong

Even in the current economy, certain skill sets remain difficult to find, according to the 2009 Salary Guides from Robert Half International. The recently released guides point to modest overall salary increases for accounting, information technology (IT), and administrative roles, but highlight specialized expertise that can enhance a professional's marketability. This includes account reconciliation and credit/collections experience for accountants and web development skills for IT professionals.
Education & Careers

Four tips for jumpstarting your career during harsh economic times

With recent shortages in employment and with unemployment agencies in most states reportedly running out of funds, American workers are taking charge of their own careers, and what they are doing to survive today's economy may surprise you. Below are four things you can do to back up your current employment, and if you are currently unemployed you may still benefit from the information here.
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Big accounting firm or small? Choosing the right size work environment

Candidates for positions at CPA firms may decide to join a large firm or a small- to mid-size firm for individual reasons, but "Each firm offers something unique regardless of size," says Kathy Downs, Recruiting Manager at Robert Half Finance & Accounting in Orlando, Florida. An individual may choose a smaller firm because they have a decreased travel requirement, and the commute to clients is shorter, Downs says.
Education & Careers

Public accounting or private industry: Both offer great career potential

Choosing between public accounting and private industry means learning about a wide range of choices and career paths that each area of the field offers. Public accountants, often certified public accountants (CPAs), perform a broad range of accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting activities for their clients, which may be corporations, governments, nonprofit organizations, or individuals. Some are forensic specialists, others specialize in government accounting and auditing.
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Demand for forensic CPAs increases

Demand for CPAs providing forensic accounting services has accelerated, according to a survey by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.Two out of three CPAs polled (68 percent) say their forensic practices have grown over the past year."The survey findings tell us that not only are forensic accounting services in demand, but specifically that CPAs with this expertise are in high demand," said Stephen Winters, AICPA director, firm practice management and specialized communities.
A&A

Can we talk? Surveying your prospects and clients

By Angi FisherToday more and more companies around the world understand the importance of really knowing how their customers and prospects view their organizations. They also realize that customer viewpoints can change quickly. So how do you keep informed of your customers' opinions? How do you know they're continually satisfied? That they value your company? That they feel appreciated?
Education & Careers

Job fairs are so last century

Accounting firms that want to recruit college students for internships and post-graduate positions are finding that, in a buyer's market, the firms that want to sell their positions to students, need to go beyond the traditional campus Accounting Days and job fairs and reach out to students in innovative ways.Both Deloitte and Ernst & Young launched video contests last year.
Education & Careers

Win your next job with three essential interview skills

With competition for good jobs at an all-time high, candidates who conduct their job search as a sales campaign consistently win out over those who don't. When job seekers practice the skills of sales experts they learn to apply the strategies of a sales presentation to their job interviews. To get to the top of the candidate list, you'll need these three essential sales skills: Pre-interview preparation Finding and using the interviewer's "Hot Buttons" Closing on the next step of the interview process 1.
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KPMG to hold 48-hour virtual 'World Jobs Fair'

Experienced professionals, recent and prospective college graduates, and others interested in career opportunities with the KPMG network of professional firms, providing audit, tax, and advisory services, can participate in the September 24 - 26 "KPMG World Jobs Fair," a live, 48-hour global virtual recruiting fair.The "KPMG World Jobs Fair," taking place online from 9 a.m. GMT, Wednesday, September 24, to 9 a.m.
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Employers use social networking sites to research employee candidates

Could your future boss be perusing your profile? Twenty-two percent of hiring managers said they use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 11 percent in 2006, according to a nationwide survey of more than 3,100 employers from CareerBuilder.com. An additional 9 percent said they don't currently use social networking sites to screen potential employees, but plan to start.Of those hiring managers who have screened job candidates via social networking profiles, one-third (34 percent) reported they found content that caused them to dismiss the candidate from consideration.
Education & Careers

Big Four dominate BusinessWeek's 'Best Places to Launch a Career' list

Accounting firms once again dominate BusinessWeek's third annual ranking of the "Best Places to Launch a Career": Ernst & Young jumps two spots to No. 1, followed by Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers in second and third place.
Education & Careers

Financial hiring forecast more positive for fourth quarter

Hiring in accounting and finance is expected to increase in the final months of 2008, according to executives interviewed for the most recent Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index. Ten percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed said they plan to expand the size of their teams in the fourth quarter, while 5 percent anticipate personnel reductions. The net 5 percent increase is up five points from the third-quarter projection.The Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs across the United States.
Education & Careers

For young accountants, communication is key to developing successful client relationships

For many new accountants, landing a first job or getting to know the culture of a firm can be a major accomplishment. But in today's tight economic times, it is a new accountant's client development skills that will help him or her stand out from the pack and get on the fast track at a firm.Of course, there are the tried-and-true methods. Network with fellow accountants, join professional organizations, and dress the part if you want to be taken seriously as an up-and-comer.

Finance execs say job is getting more complex

In recent years several acronyms - SOX, XBRL, IFRS - have served to make the work lives of accountants more complicated, but what happens when the economy becomes the key driver of complexity?
Education & Careers

Times are tough all over: Survey shows employers and employees face problems

While many workers are having a tough time finding suitable employment in today's uncertain economy, companies also face challenges finding highly skilled people.

An employee benefit with recruitment power: Volunteer work

With the current shortage of accounting graduates, successful recruiting may require a new combination of benefits. The cream of the crop has grown accustomed to offers of a healthy starting salary, retirement plan and signing bonus. But more and more, today’s young people want to hitch their wagons to employers who are good corporate citizens. That's why some firms are expanding their benefit packages to include volunteer programs. According to the U.S. Labor Department, 60 million Americans volunteer each year.
Education & Careers

Tips for the would-be accounting consultant

Being a consultant sounds like an enviable job that comes with a great deal of freedom and respect, and possibly a lot of money. That may all be true, but keep in mind it doesn't come without earning the title. After all, when you're the pro that business owners call in, you're expected to be well worth your fees. Obviously you have to start with a formal accounting education. Once that's under your belt, you need time to build a solid foundation of knowledge, preferably in public accounting where you can gain broad experience.

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