Careers

Tips For Selecting The Right Employees

Job applicants may be more abundant in today’s employment market, but that doesn’t mean hiring the right person has become any easier. Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International Inc. and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies (Hungry Minds, Inc.), warns that poorly executed candidate searches and cumbersome hiring processes can undermine the recruiting process for managers.Messmer advises firms to avoid costly hiring mistakes by being diligent. "While many applicants may appear to be an ideal fit on paper, it’s important not to make snap judgments.
Community News

Defining & Targeting a Campus Recruiting Program For Your Firm

By, Michael Platt, President, AccountingWEB, Inc.For the last decade, the one commonality among all firms that I have consulted with has been the rallying cry "we just can't find good staff." Those firms with a campus recruiting program designed to fill this void often focus on answering the question "who can we get?" rather than "what do we want?" Many local and regional firms believe that their efforts are best spent aiming at second tier students, assuming there are no other alternatives and that the top recruits will naturally opt for national firms.If this is how your firm
Education & Careers

Recruitment Strategies: Do Ex-Cops Make Good Auditors?

Former FBI officers, criminal prosecutors, and even retired Canadian Mounties are working for accounting firms these days in investigating potential frauds. Some are very effective in their jobs; others may not work out. The Christian Science Monitor recently interviewed ex-cops working for accounting firms to see what roles these ex-cops play and how well the recruiting strategy works. The Monitor found the roles can vary greatly, depending on the size of the firm and its clients.
Education & Careers

The Niceties of Negotiating

by Etiquette International Negotiating seems to bring out the best and the worst in people. Unless you create a win-win negotiating situation, everyone loses eventually. If you win and your customer loses, you will lose that customer. If your customer wins and you lose, you can go out of business. Win-win is the only way! So what are the niceties in the nuances of negotiating? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers. So much of the way people behave in negotiations causes anger, bitterness, hostility, and antagonism.
Education & Careers

Survey - Adaptability Key to Getting Ahead at Work

QUICK-CHANGE ARTISTS - Adaptability Key to Getting Ahead at Work, Survey ShowsAn unwillingness to try new things could harm your career prospects, a new survey suggests. More than one-third (35 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled recently said embracing change is a critical success factor for employees. Twenty-seven percent feel a desire to learn new skills is the most valuable characteristic.The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals.

The Importance of Job Descriptions and How to Prepare Them

Consider your current hiring and evaluation processes. Do you incorporate job descriptions as part of these processes? If not, you may want to review your policies. A job description may be one of the most important legal documents in the organization. A common fear, that job descriptions may limit an employee's production, pales in contrast to a legal battle for breach of contract. If written properly, a job description can enhance an employee's contribution within the organization.
Education & Careers

Jobseekers Guide on How to Assess a Firm's Ethics

Whether seeking a career in public accounting, private industry or as a securities analyst, many job-seekers say the recent wave of accounting scandals has convinced them it's more important than ever to get a reading on the ethics of the hiring company or firm. The search for answers has led job seekers to Internet message boards and other seemingly promising sources of information. But many still find it's just about impossible to uncover an employer's weak spots in advance. And the stakes have never been higher.
Education & Careers

NJ CPA Society Creates Career Development Program For Accounting Students

Along with obtaining a good education, success comes from being a strong leader, a creative and critical thinker, and an effective communicator. Such skills, however, don't always come naturally.
Education & Careers

'Accountant' Makes Jobs Rated Almanac's Top 10 List

The editors of The Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal Web site have published their sixth annual edition of the Jobs Rated Almanac, listing Accountant as the fifth best job to have in the country.

How to Protect Your Company's Interests: Proper Use of Non-Compete Clauses

Reprinted with permission. By, Michael D. Karpeles, partner, Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz, Ltd. and HR.com John is running a successful online computer supply business. He hires Ed, teaches him the ropes, and promotes him to general manager. Ed eventually quits, and within six months, has created his own online computer supply business nearby using many of the sales techniques he learned from John. John, of course, is furious, but he has little recourse against Ed unless Ed had previously signed a non-compete agreement with John.
Education & Careers

Student Perspectives on The Accounting Profession

Order The Complete Survey TodayMany significant conclusions were drawn from the survey, and complete analysis is included in the final report.
Technology

Microsoft Offers Technology Tips for Job-Seekers

Employers are increasingly looking for recruits who are comfortable with technology. In fact, when Accenture recently surveyed Fortune 1000 corporations, it found executives rank technology efficiency among the three most desirable skills for new hires. In today's tight job market, it helps to demonstrate your technology skills during the job-seeking process. How can you do that?
AccountingWEB Life

Ten Steps To High Productivity and Maintaining A Great Life!

By, Keith Rosen, Profit BuildersBusy with tasks that consume you and your energy? Feel that you're fighting the clock and just can't seem to get it all done? Is your typical day fulfilling and enjoyable or putting you on the road towards burn out?If it's ever been a struggle to reach bigger goals or keep to your schedule, here's your opportunity to map out a weekly path that will serve you best and enable you to accelerate your productivity.
Technology

Ten Tips For Effective Online Job Postings

By Robert G. Epstein, CPA, President and CEO of CareerBank.comWith good accounting and finance candidates in short supply, there is fierce competition between firms for qualified new hires. Effective online recruitment can be the key to attracting the talent your company needs, and the job posting is the cornerstone of a successful online recruiting program. To get started, check out the AccountingWEB CareerZONE. A web-based job posting has to be approached differently than the traditional classified advertisement.
Practice

Discover Who You Are To Succeed

By Paul J. MeyerIf you were asked to make three brief statements in response to the question, "Who are you?" how would you respond? One response might be to state your name because your name is an important emotional symbol of your identity. You might define yourself in terms of your professional title, especially if you enjoy a sense of dedication and commitment to your career.
Education & Careers

New Ranking - Best Cities to Do Business, Advance a Career

The votes are in and the list is complete. Forbes Magazine and Milken Institute have joined forces to offer their third annual Best Places Ranking, highlighting the top 200 U.S. cities in which to do business or advance a career.The rankings measure salary growth, high tech output growth, and job growth.

How to Attract and Retain Talent in Your Firm

By Robert G. Epstein, CPA, President and CEO of CareerBank.comSmall CPA firms face a challenge in today’s competitive employment market. Quality accounting professionals are a hot commodity, and smaller firms often lose candidates to the big starting salaries and name recognition at larger firms. What can smaller firms do to be competitive? Be creative. There are many programs and policies that can turn small firms into aggressive competitors in the hunt for CPAs.First, get involved with the community to establish name recognition.
Education & Careers

Ten Hottest Jobs For The Next Ten Years

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, SmartMoney Magazine has compiled a list of the "Ten Hottest Jobs" for the next decade. Not all are high paying, but all will be in great demand in the coming years. What are the jobs and what can you make? Salary potential is rated on a five star rating () with each star representing salary potential of $25,000.Let's take a look. .
Education & Careers

Baruch College Basks in Golden Era of Accounting Reform

On May 2, 2002, Baruch College continued its long tradition of accounting reform advocacy by hosting a financial reporting conference that was packed with business executives, as well as students and teachers. The event ended with a standing-room-only question-and-answer session with Paul Volcker, chairman of Andersen's oversight board. Mr.
Education & Careers

Accounting Majors Obtain Higher Percentage of Job Offers - Survey

Employers may have cut back significantly on college recruiting, but they haven’t abandoned campus altogether, according to the Spring 2002 issue of Salary Survey, a quarterly report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)."Employers have been extending offers to graduating students in select fields," says Marilyn F. Mackes, NACE executive director.

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