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Colleges Train Hopeful Entrepreneurs

The dot-com boom may be over but the entrepreneurial zeal that fueled it is alive and well on college campuses across the country. With the country in a hiring slump, a growing number of students are preparing to be employers rather than employees.About 1,500 colleges offer some form of entrepreneurship training, up from a handful in the mid-1980s, according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, an organization that works in partnership with colleges and universities to promote entrepreneurial studies.
Education & Careers

How to Avoid The Six Traps of Accounting & Finance Careers

By, Bruce Pounder TALENT AND HARD WORK DON'T GUARANTEE SUCCESSMany accounting and finance professionals find themselves frustrated in their career progress. Few of them expect something for nothing - most recognize that hard work and talent are necessary to secure desirable career opportunities and superior compensation. Yet so many smart, hard-working financial professionals find that their intelligence and diligence goes unrewarded while colleagues who exhibit the same talent and effort enjoy much more rewarding careers.
Education & Careers

Massachusetts CPA Society Reaches Out to Students

The Massachusetts Society of CPAs (MSCPA) has launched its newest student recruitment initiative, CPATrack.com.
Education & Careers

Computerized CPA Exam Slated to Begin April 5, 2004

The long-awaited timetable for the launch of the new CPA exam was made available today, with the announcement that the new computerized CPA exam will be made available beginning April 5, 2004. The last opportunity to take the paper exam will be November 5 and 6, 2003. Unlike the current exam, which is only offered twice a year, the new computerized exam will be available six days a week for two out of every three months of the year, allowing more flexibility to accommodate user's schedules.
Education & Careers

2003 CPA Exam Dates And Information

DATES & TIMESMay 7 & 8, 2003Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Business LAW and Professional Responsibilities Wednesday 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. AUDITING Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon ARE (Accounting & Reporting - Taxation, Managerial, and Governmental and Not-for-profit Organizations) Thursday 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. FARE (Financial Accounting & Reporting - Business Enterprises) November 5 & 6, 2003 Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Business LAW and Professional Responsibilities Wednesday 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Education & Careers

Top 20 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Resume

Resume writing is an art as well as a skill. It has the right balance of information, marketing and persuasion to get the reader to say "Yes, this could work for us." To achieve a "good" resume you must keep in mind all of the rules about resume writing.To help understand "the rules," Resumedoctor.com recently surveyed 2,500 recruiters and headhunters across North America to uncover their "pet peeves" about resumes they receive.
Education & Careers

Michigan Accounting Blitz Sends Government Back to School

Thirty-four staff members from the Office of the Auditor General, State of Michigan, will reach out to 1,000 students at Lansing's Gardner Middle School during a Jan. 9 MACPA Accounting Blitz. Sponsored by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan (JA), the full-day interactive program teaches students basic economic concepts and the relevance of education to the workplace.
Community News

CPA Firms, Financial Services Companies Among Fortune's '100 Best Companies'

Fortune magazine has once again published its annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and a number of CPA firms, banks and financial services companies are on the list.Michigan-based CPA firm Plante & Moran took top honors for a CPA firm coming in at #11. At 1,180 employees, Plante & Moran was the third smallest organization named to the Top 100 list, and one of only three CPA firms recognized by Fortune.
Education & Careers

CFO Magazine: 10 Reasons NOT to Accept That Job

Rising unemployment, eager job candidates, and not-always-above-board business practices sometimes conflict with each other causing confusion and hesitation on the part of job-seekers looking to accept new job positions.
Tax

'Tis the Season For Job Hunting - Prepare For Tax Season

By Robert G. Epstein, President and CEO of CareerBank.com The holiday season brings job opportunities as companies prepare for Tax Season. As winter begins, thoughts of holidays and shopping replace job hunting in the minds of most job seekers. This can be a mistake.The interval between Thanksgiving and Christmas is when many retailers earn most of their annual revenue. What many people don't realize is that, just like the retail industry, public accounting has a seasonal nature.
Education & Careers

Accounting Professor Among 2002 Professors of The Year

Accounting Professor Sherry K. Mills was named as one of 46 state winners of the 2002 Professor of the Year awards granted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This award recognizes her dedication to teaching, commitment to students and creative approach to higher education. Key to Professor Mills' teaching style at New Mexico State University (NSMU) is her belief that accounting is the language of business.
Education & Careers

Career Trends: The Evolution of a Workforce

This year's Salary Survey from CareerBank.com gives an interesting perspective on career decisions and the job market following quite a demanding year for the industry. In addition to questions solely based on salary, we asked respondents about their career histories, the job market and future trends. A number of notable reactions emerged in the shadow of an unstable economy and an evolving industry -the demise of Andersen alone was enough to drastically change the careers of thousands in the industry. What else did we find?Raises are not as common and not as large this year.
Education & Careers

How You Can Overcome Career Boredom

If you've done the same tasks at the same job for a long time, you've probably experienced job burnout. If you're lucky, it occurs infrequently and can be alleviated by a favorite hobby or pastime. However, for many people, career boredom strikes more frequently and lasts longer. What's going on here?Psychologists tell us that the human brain needs constant and ever-changing stimulation. Now don't get me wrong, the human brain learns by repetition.
Education & Careers

2003 Salary Guide For Accounting and Finance Professionals Released

On average, starting salaries for accounting and finance professionals should remain little changed from 2002, according to the just-released 2003 Salary Guide from Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Accountemps. With continued economic uncertainty, demand will remain strong for accounting professionals who can implement cost containment and cash-flow improvement initiatives, research shows. The 2003 Salary Guide is based on an analysis of the thousands of job orders managed by the company's U.S.
Technology

Technology Brings Changes to Job Applicant Etiquette

The question of whether or not to send a thank-you note after a job interview has been an age-old debate for decades. However, with the advent of email in the workplace in the 1990s, another option has been added for job seekers. According to a recent Monster.com poll, 60 percent of job seekers send thank-you notes after job interviews (41 percent indicated that they send a traditional letter, while only 19 percent said that they use email).

Networking Faux Pas in Today's Competitive Market

Working a room can uncover hidden job opportunities at the executive level, as long as professionals avoid some common networking errors. Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources, points out that networking mistakes are easy to make, especially for those who are out of practice."Failing to keep an active network can hinder your employment prospects if you suddenly find yourself in the job market with no contacts or references," McDonald said.
Community News

2002 Best Workplaces For Finance Professionals

Press ReleaseThe Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), The Hackett Group, and CFO magazine have announced that the winners of the 2002 Best Workplaces for Finance Professionals are:Kraft Foods North America, Inc.CNA Financial Corporation The Vanguard Group, Inc.

Resume Fraud More Common Than You Think

By, Acsys, Inc.How many times have you received a resume from a potential employee and said to yourself, "This person is a perfect fit!" Sounds too good to be true? Probably because it is. According to Edward Adler, resume detective, and author of the book "The Complete Reference Checking Handbook", as many as one-third of all resume writers exaggerate their accomplishments, while up to 10 percent "seriously misrepresent" their background or work histories. In some fields, like sales, the numbers are even higher.

Positioning Yourself in The Current Accounting/Finance Marketplace

By, Dom Vacca, Acsys Inc. Unquestionably, the labor market conditions that we find ourselves in are less than optimal. However, history tells us that the pendulum continues to swing and the good times will return. We just don’t know precisely when that will be.Like other aspects of our lives, we have no choice but to respond to the situation with which we are faced. We can moan and groan about the ‘soft’ market -- but that accomplishes nothing. So, in the meantime, how can we best deal with the realities of the marketplace?

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