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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?

Tips On Keeping Your Top Talent

By, www.creativegroup.comWith today's competitive labor market, it's essential for firms to retain their valuable creative and marketing professionals. And it's equally important to motivate and inspire them to produce innovative materials. The following management tips can help you keep creative ideas flowing - and keep your valued professionals on board long-term.The Power of PraiseWhen employees do an exceptional job, tell them so. A creative professional's work is often evaluated subjectively, and compliments can provide much needed encouragement.

Survey Shows Value of Temporary Work as Prelude to Full-Time Job

For managers who have ever worried about hiring the wrong person for a job or for candidates who have lost sleep over whether to accept a position, take heart. There is a popular alternative in today’s workplace. According to a recent survey of executives, 94 percent of respondents consider it valuable to hire employees on a temporary basis as a means of evaluating them for full-time positions.The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals.
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Become an Explorer - The Power of Questions

By, Keith Rosen The most brilliant thinkers, innovators and explorers of our time emphasized questions more than answers, a characteristic of all highly evolved individuals. Note the root of the word question, Quest; the act of seeking or pursuing something. This desire to search and journey beyond what is already known and seek that which would enhance the quality of our lives or broaden our wisdom is what has enabled humanity to continually evolve over time.
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Eight Tips for Effective Cocktail Conversation

by, Etiquette International"A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks to you about himself; and a brilliant man is one who talks to you about yourself." (Lisa Kirk)Listen before jumping into a conversation.
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Big Four Among Best Companies for Working Mothers

For the 17th year, Working Mother magazine has once again published its 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers list. All members of the Big Four accounting firms were included in this year's list.
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New PMRA Affects Accountants in U.S., Canada And Mexico

Representatives of the U.S., Canada and Mexico are expected to sign a new pact today known as a Professional Mutual Recognition Agreement (PMRA). This agreement will help clear the remaining barriers to cross-border licensing of public accountants in North America.The new PMRA recognizes the substantial equivalency of the U.S.
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AARP Announces Top Employers For Workers Over 50

The companies that made the American Association of Retired Persons' (AARP) list of the top employers for workers over age 50 have some interesting features in common. They recognize a need for flexibility, they offer generous health care and life insurance benefits, and they recognize the value in keeping employees who know their jobs inside out."We have a very seasoned staff that brings a tremendous amount of talent to the company," said Aerospace Corporation spokesperson, Linda Brill.

What College Recruits Want From Potential Employers

Part 3 of 3Below we present Part Three: Post Interview Follow-up Tips from the student's/recruits point of view. Here are their suggestions, in "Their Words". Part One: Interview Tips Part Two: During the Interview Part Three – Follow-Up to the Interview"What advice would you give potential employers to help the interview process be more effective for both sides?" Act faster on responding to interviews.Be more honest when sending a rejection letter.
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State Reference Immunity Laws - Free Report

Whether or not an employer’s state has laws on references, an employee may be able to initiate a legal battle under statutes relating to slander, defamation, or blacklisting.

What College Recruits Want From Potential Employers

Part 2 of 3Below we present Part Two: During the Interview from the student's/recruits point of view. Here are their suggestions, in "Their Words". Part One: Interview Tips Part Three: Post Interview Follow-up tips Part Two: During the Interview"What advice would you give potential employers to help the interview process be more effective for both sides?"A more relaxed setting, such as more comfortable chairs.
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New Accounting Salary Survey Shows Gender Disparities has released its 2002 Salary Survey Report for accounting, finance, and banking professionals. The survey, based on online responses from 2,575 participants, shows some striking disparities between genders. The results are based on 52% male and 48% female respondents. The average overall salary for all survey participants is $55,762, with $65,135 for male participants and $45,687 for females.The majority of respondents, 56%, hold bachelor's degrees, 22% hold masters degrees.
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IBM May Slash as Many as 4,000 PwC Consulting Positions

IBM, which recently agreed to acquire the consulting segment of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for $3.5 billion, has indicated plans to cut as many as 4,000 employees, according to a report this week in The Wall Street Journal.Both companies have endured sizable layoffs already this year, with IBM cutting over 15,000 or about 5% of its workforce during the second quarter and PwC Consulting cutting 2,400 jobs in the nine months prior to March 31, 2002.
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What College Recruits Want From Potential Employers

Part 1 of 3A comprehensive survey concluded last year, by AccountingWEB shows that accounting students are still very optimistic about the accounting profession, and shows that traditional values, integrity and honesty are paramount in their decisions of which firms to work for. Most significantly, "reputation" and "culture" have overtaken salary and benefits as the main factors influencing their career decisions.Below we present Part One: Pre-Interview Tips from the student's/recruits point of view. Here are their suggestions, in "Their Words".
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Want an Edge in the Job Market? Get Yourself a 'CMBA'

Job candidates have traditionally gotten paid a premium for getting a CPA or an MBA. But, if you get them both, your resume can begin to sound a bit pretentious, e.g., Jonathan H. Doe, CPA, MBA.
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Innovative Selling Audiotape Program

"Professional selling is the ability to attract and build mutually beneficial partnerships with your customers." - Keith Rosen Used by top selling professionals worldwide, the Innovative SellingTM audio tape program is the most innovative selling system that delivers step by step, the skills, tools, techniques and actions which build sales champions from the inside out. This is accomplished by uncovering and building upon each person's natural strengths and talents that complement and enhance their personal style of selling. The selling community is evolving.
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Wanted: 5,000 Spanish-Speaking Tax Professionals

H&R Block has announced plans to hire more than 5,000 Spanish speaking tax professionals for the upcoming tax season.
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Forensic Accounting - A Basic Guide to The Profession

By, Alan Zysman, B.Comm, CA·IFA, CFEForensic accounting has existed for many years. With the growing complexities of the business environment and the growing number of business related investigations, forensic accounting professionals are increasingly asked to assist in the investigation of financial and business related issues.What is Forensic Accounting? The integration of accounting, auditing and investigative skills yields the specialty known as forensic accounting.


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