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Education & Careers

Job Search Tips: Getting That Interview

Malcolm Finney of Management Dynamics looks at the ground rules for getting an interview with a prospective employer.Much has been written about the interview process. Books and articles abound offering advice to potential interviewees; how to sit; how to answer questions; how to ask questions; what to wear; and so on.The clear presumption is, of course, that an invitation for interview will naturally be forthcoming. However, sadly, it may not happen.

The Hidden Job Market - Where to Go

85% of all jobs are never advertised! 85%, according to the Department of Labor. The help wanted ads only cover 10% of all jobs currently available. This means that many great jobs require more effort to find them. Effective job hunting demands a proactive approach where you track down potential openings and actively follow up on all leads. Too often job hunters simply don't know where else to look after they finish with Sunday's paper. Here are some good avenues to pursue. Go to the library. Conduct some market research to analyze where the best opportunities lie for you.
Technology

Technology Terms for Dummies – Top 20 Terms

Internet, Ethernet, Firewall, File Transfer Protocol, TCP/IP connections – say what?An online reference site called "Whatis.com" provides definitions for technology terms - everything from firewalls to TCP/IP connections. The site, part of TechTarget's IT website network, turns tech jargon into accessible definitions that even your grandmother would understand. Users can search by word or within categories such as PCs, software, and hardware.
Technology

A Merriam-Webster Dictionary For Your Toolbar

The functionality of the big thick dictionary that we all used to carry to school is now just a mouse-click away.AccountingWEB is pleased to introduce to you the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Lookup Button. Add this helpful tool to your browser's toolbar, then just highlight a word in a Web page and click the button.Merriam-Webster Online will provide you with the pronunciation, definition, and derivation of the word. It's free -- and easy to install.
Technology

Improve Customer Service Using MS Outlook

In today's competitive market, customers expect fast answers when they use e-mail to contact you or your firm. Although you don't have to find an answer to the customer's question, resolve his complaint, or put together a quote within minutes, you do need to acknowledge that you have received the client's message and that you are working on providing the requested information. This part of customer relations can be easy to do with Microsoft Outlook.

Voice Mail Messages Require Phone Finesse

Doesn’t it drive you crazy when you get a voice mail message and then you have to wait through two minutes of explanation before you hear the phone number you need for returning the call? Or how about when the caller trails off at the end and you can’t understand the last two numbers? No wait! The worst is when the person forgets to leave a phone number at all. Events like these occur regularly in the day-to-day business world.

Business Terms Glossary - Hone Your Business Skills

If you're looking to brush up on business terms for your job, or if you just want to sound like you've got the ins and outs of the business world down pat, the Washington Post's Glossary of Business Terms will do the trick. With more than 1,250 business terms organized alphabetically, the site lets you browse by letter or search by word. The glossary is broad, and includes basic definitions of terms like "agreement" and "sale," as well as definitions of complex processes like calculating a futures contract multiple and dynamic hedging.
Education & Careers

Active Job Seekers = Successful Job Seekers

Why it makes sense to do more than just send out your resume and wait for your next opportunity!By Sarah Werley There are two types of job seekers in the employment world, and a year ago both were pretty successful. But today, as the job market shrinks and competition for a good position gets tough, only one of those types is going to continue to be successful. Type A is the passive job seeker, who sends out a few resumes and may post their resume online. They then sit back and wait for the employers to come to them.
A&A

Characteristics That Make a Successful Entrepreneur

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs are like everyone else - the difference is they usually have stronger feelings and express themselves more strongly that those less likely to strike out on their own. If you are going to risk your money and time in your own business you must have a strong feeling that you will be successful. These strong feelings may also cause problems. If you want to start your own business, you probably have mixed feelings about authority.

Good Communication Skills - A Crash Course

Good communicators can be honed as well as born. Below are some helpful tips to help you communicate more effectively.Don’t take another person’s reaction personally, even if that person lashes out at you in what seems a personal manner. Another person’s mood or response is more likely about fear or frustration than it is about you as an individual. You don’t have to have all the answers. It’s OK to say, "I don't know." If you want to find out, say so, and then share your findings. Or you may decide to work on the problem together to find the answer.
AccountingWEB Life

Five Time Management Tips of the Commanders in Chief

Many American Presidents have been fast learners in the areas of time management and perfecting the art of the discipline.From noted historian, William Doyle, author of The Oxford History of the French Revolution, and Inside the Oval Office: The White House Tapes from FDR to Clinton, here are five tips practiced by U.S. Presidents of the 20th century who have mastered the skill of time management: 

Taming the E-Mail Tiger Before it Bites You

By Scott Cytron, ABC, Cytron and CompanyI have a friend who does marketing for a national accounting group. She confessed to me recently that if her e-mail system is down, she might as well not come to work. In fact, she blatantly admitted that she spends her entire day sending and receiving e-mails. You must keep in mind that my friend is very good at her job, and is incredibly successful in bringing together members of the group who are spread, literally, across the United States.

Tips on Writing Client E-mail Newsletters

Once you have begun to gather e-mail addresses (opt in) from your clients, prospects and other interested parties, you need to reach out to them on a regular basis. One of the best ways is to prepare a monthly newsletter that will make them pleased that they are part of your firm and client base. Here are some helpful tips on getting your e-mail newsletter opened, read and acted on: THE SUBJECT LINE Do you ever go through your email in-box and delete messages without even opening and reading them? Most of us do. There is just too much e-mail and too little time.
Technology

Ten Quick Internet Tips To Save You Time

AccountingWEB has compiled a few tips, courtesy of Microsoft, to help you save time when you're online. These tips are for users of the Microsoft Explorer browser. To search for a word or phrase on a Web page, press CTRL+f to open the Find dialog box.

Virtual Experience

by Jeffrey TaylorIn 1969, the US Senate enacted an Investment Tax Credit to stimulate the economy by encouraging businesses to make substantial investments in equipment. From 1969-1986 ITC was enhanced, reduced, and repealed many times as Congress used this tool to effectively modify business decisions. With our economy tied to the ‘gold’ standard, and foreign exchange/interest rates pegged to each other, business behavior could be fairly predicted.Now, let’s fast forward 32 years. What is going on?Since December 1, 2000 U.S.
AccountingWEB Life

Save Time - Learn to Delegate Responsibilities

Delegating responsibilities is sometimes easier said than done. Consider this: Successful delegation will not only give you more time to work on your important opportunities, but you will also help others on your team learn new skills and become successful. Below are a few ideas to help you begin delegating and mentoring your staff more effectively. 

Tips For Delivering an Interesting Presentation

For many, making a presentation in public is a difficult and tense process. Advance preparation and a few tips from the pros can go a long way to ease the tension. These tips and ideas will help you prepare and present a smooth presentation.Use VisualsYour audience wants you to show them what you are talking about-literally. Use color graphics, slides, and handouts to get your message across. Use effective visuals to communicate your main points. Research shows that your audience will remember more when you use visual aids to reinforce your words.

Tips on Conducting Effective Meetings

When members of a company gather at a meeting, their purpose is to conduct business - to collect information and discuss issues and to make decisions on how these issues will be resolved or addressed. The methods businesses choose to carry out these functions will frequently depend on the type and size of the meeting. Careful planning and preparation are essential to conducting effective meetings, regardless of type or size. Below are a few ideas and tips to help you prepare for a successful meeting.Before the MeetingFirst, determine if the meeting is truly necessary.
Community News

Prepare Your Staff to Train Remotely

The Web-based system, developed and hosted by GeoLearning, makes it possible for companies to manage the training of employees in computer skills and professional development topics, as well as meet regulatory compliance and certification requirements. GeoLearning helps organizations compete and succeed at Internet speed by delivering training and educational content via the latest technologies.
Community News

Top Ten Beliefs for Leaders to Live By

It may seem that today's managers and leaders need a top-10 list that clearly lays out the priorities for success. Whether you are running a small department or a large firm, the leadership principles that guide your decisions are much the same. Below are ten principles to help guide you and your firm to success. Give Direction. Look into the future. Believe in the future of the firm. A leader's most important job is to lay out a road map to the future. If you can't provide that direction, you're a manager -- not a leader.

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