Human Resources

Robert Half & IMA Team for Member Benefits

As part of a long-term strategy to help its members with career development, the Institute of Management Accountants has just announced that it has entered into an agreement with HR giant Robert Half to offer IMA members a multitude of career placement benefits.Half will be known as the IMA's 'National Career Partner' for the organization's 70,000 members and 300 chapters.At the present time, Half is scheduled to develop electronic access to job searches and resume postings, an IMA-member only career assessment tool, a
Practice Management

Break with Tradition – Pay for Performance!

Rex Gatto, Ph.D., psychologist, business lecturer, and counselor, provided us with insights into the world of Pay for Performance.

New Jobs for the New Economy

In May, AccountingWEB ran a news story on The 10 Hottest Jobs For The Future as identified by the editors of Time Magazine in which bizarre job titles such as tissue engineer, pharmers and narrowcasters were introduced.

Employee Surveys can Bridge the Communication Gap.

Have you ever wondered exactly what your employees’ commitment level is to your firm? Do staff members stay just long enough to get their audit hours in and then move on? Do you worry that the clients may hire away your most talented staff? If these thoughts nag at you then it may be time to try an employee survey. Begin by preparing to hear answers to questions that you’d really rather not hear.
Community News

NABA and UT-Austin Join in Minority Recruitment Program

Kudos go to National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), The University of Texas at Austin’s Business School and Ernst & Young who have joined together for the seventh consecutive year to conduct the Accounting Career Awareness Program in mid-July.The program was developed by NABA, where one of the missions is to involve more minority students in accounting.The Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas is the site at w
A&A

CFOs are Optimistic on Hiring for 3rd Quarter

The word is extremely positive among chief financial officers; they are forecasting a 14 percent increase in hiring accounting and finance professionals in 3rd quarter 2000.This and other key HR findings are the result of the new Hiring Index released by Robert Half International.The random sample of 1,400 companies with 20 or more employees reports that only two percent of respondents indicated a reduction in new hires.

Back to High School to Recruit Accounting Majors

A booming economy and fewer accounting graduates (about 10,000 over a four-year period) has motivated the Big 5, along with other accounting and consulting firms, to dig deeper for qualified applicants. One place that seems to be a prime resource for the future of accounting is America's high schools. In some cases, even middle schools makes sense.The Big 5 are arriving in droves, and this time they have more than promises of employment.

What Do HR Directors Want in a Resume?

Reprinted with permission from Financial Management Network.Though only 17 percent of jobseekers send their resumes electronically, twice that many human resources professionals named email their preferred method for receiving resumes, in a newly-released survey.

Black Accountants set up Online Job Center

The National Association of Black Accountants has established on online career center for members and nonmembers to use in their job search.Postings include jobs in accounting and auditing, finance, consulting, MIS and related job functions.In addition to finding a job, NABA has enabled employers to post jobs as well. More information can be found at the Online Career Center's Employer Registration Page.

KPMG Survey Reveals Huge Ethics Violations

A new survey of 2,300 employees found that more than 75 percent felt they had 'observed violations of the law or company standards' over the last year at their places of employment.With an overwhelming response rate of 78 percent, the survey was conducted by KPMG, who found many infractions to ethics practices.They found, for example,, that 56 percent of sales personnel reported that their company had deceived or lied to customers.
Community News

EY Uses CareerBuilder to Recruit New Employees

As a way to recruit new employees into the firm and maximize its efforts, Ernst & Young will post more than 600 new jobs each month through the CareerBuilder network and its affiliates.Since the firm began using the online recruiting Web site, the number of applicants has dramatically increased by 3,000.

Socially Responsible Jobs are the Soup <i>Du Jour</i> for Today's Grad

It's no secret that today's graduate is opting for something less than traditional and more rewarding--and this includes the accounting marketplace. 'More rewarding,' in this sense, can be a career in the nonprofit sector.
Community News

Former PwC Clients Will Debate, Share Stories at new Portal

Facilitating employee feedback, idea sharing and lots of personal services is very hot these days, as more and more employers look for ways to retain and attract good staff in a market teeming with low unemployment.PricewaterhouseCoopers is spinning off its HR consulting practice to Unifi Network LLP, but the bigger news is that Unifi will create portals for current and prospective clients who want to help their employees air their grievances, share stories and provide a company culture.The portal is expected to go

38% of Job Applicants Lack Basic Skills

The American Management Association reported recently that over 38% of job applicants lacked basic skills for the jobs for which they applied.

Accounting Interns' Prospects are Sunny

A low unemployment rate and fewer students have enabled students nationwide to find themselves in a very good position as they seek and secure summer internships.Just look at what one student who has agreed to work for Ernst & Young in Milwaukee will receive.

Retirement may be old hat - Get Back to Work!

Although the consensus is that most everyone looks forward to retirement, statistics and trends actually show that baby boomers nearing or at retirement may actually never fully retire.Why? Analysts say that most retirees who have led successful and productive lives want to continue down that path - and often do so by taking on a challenge they've always wanted to tackle.Many boomers now are planning and preparing at age 40 for that next giant step. A businessperson could become a travel writer, or an engineer could pursue sculpting.

Casual Attire a bit 'too' Casual

A new survey by Accountemps found that almost 40 percent of responding managers felt employees dressed too casually within the office on the days they could dress down.The survey was conducted among 1,000 large companies in the United States, with a response rate of 150 or 15 percent. While 55 percent of respondents felt employees dressed appropriately, Max Messmer, head of Accountemps, feels the lopsided numbers clearly send a signal to employees.He suggests, among other things, to observe managers' attire and emulate when possible--and appropriate.

Graduates Turn to the Internet

As graduates leave the academic world behind, job sites find their servers and databases being put to the test. Some sites are better than others at handling the surge at peak times. Others, such as Headhunter.net even market to graduates as early as April and continue through June. So, if you are looking for an online source for graduates, read on!Some sites are ready for the spikes in resume traffic. Monster.com, for example, handled 3.4 million unique visitors this past March.

10 Hottest (and not so hot) Jobs for the Future

What will be the hot jobs for the future? Time magazine has chronicled these in its May 22 issue, and even took the 'time' to figure out what jobs will disappear.Get out your dictionary, or better yet, ask anyone under the age of 25.
Technology

Email #1 Way to Reach Accountants

Who could have foreseen what a revolution email would be?A new survey from Accountemps found that an overwhelming 73 percent of CFOs prefer to communicate with accountants by email. Telephone as a preferred media came in at 10 percent, while fax totaled nine percent.Accountemps surveyed 1,400 CFOs from companies with 20 or more employees.

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