Self-Improvement

Cell Phones: Friend or Foe?

So what’s all this about radiation found in cell phones? The following is a list of the ten lowest-radiation cell phones. It was compiled by the people at DoMode.com; a site featuring cell phone radiation levels. If you don’t find your phone on the following list and you still want to find out its radiation level you need to go to the FCC’s site. Only information about models made after 1997 is available here.
Technology

E-mail Anytime, Anywhere?

Sprint announced it is scheduled to launch a new service next month and it may be just what business people who aren’t chained to their desk have been waiting for. Right now most mobile workers have to find a regular phone line to plug into for the remote access needed to check e-mail or access personal files found in their company’s internal network.
Community News

Business Casual: What exactly IS It?

Most companies like the idea of casual Friday. If you’re an employer you can help boost morale by offering your staff the opportunity to dress down one day of the week. In fact, more and more companies are offering the opportunity to dress casual for the entire week. However, this can leave people confused as to what is appropriate dress and what isn’t. A particularly difficult challenge in discerning what’s appropriate casual wear and what’s not resides among women, especially those making the switch from college to the corporate world.

Telephone Interviews: The Next Best Thing to Being There

As our business days continue to fill and the pace getse more frenetic, you may find that your potential employer only has time for a remote interview.

Writing a Winning Resume for Accounting Positions

Resume writing is an art, no doubt. While today's word processing programs have templates that help you write your resume, there are a few aspects that are standard regardless of what job you're applying for - then there are aras of the resume that are indicative to accounting-related positions.Accountants on Call President Diane O'Meally pares the advice down to common sense.

Writing: A Great Tool for Accountants?

If you are looking for a way to get yourself out there in front of specific audiences, namely those belonging to niches you’d like to grow, consider your article writing abilities. As professionals, we all turn to various trade publications to teach us the latest and greatest in our industries. This is a great place for accountants to stretch some marketing muscle and get smack in front of your target audience.If you’re considering getting articles published, think first of where you want to be.

Real-Life CE as a Benefit: Yoga Classes?

CPAs are going to continue going after CPE, but what about other types of training for themselves and their staffs?One of the newest trends taking place in the business marketplace is to find alternative continuing education opportunities ... getting away from the technical stuff and going after subjects that just feel good!Consider Yoga or exercise classes, for example, to boost employee morale. Community colleges are a prime source for solid continuing education in all interest areas. How about Spanish or other foreign language lessons?Get creative.

Do Your Employees Understand Their Value?

When everyone in a company is running around trying their best to accomplish what’s expected of their individual job at that moment it’s easy for management to forget how important it is for staff to feel valued in what they do. If you didn’t understand exactly why it’s important for you to do what you do, would you care?Employees often shy away from responsibility, be it adding on additional facets to their job or fessing up to mistakes if they feel that what they do doesn’t really matter anyway. How to you help them understand this?

Job Search Netiquette

This article reprinted with permission by the Financial Management Network.E-mail is by far the preferred means of communication for millions of professionals worldwide. For busy executives, it can save valuable time, particularly when seeking a new position.

Are you Feeling Burned Out?

Are your employees feeling overwhelmed, irritable or just plain drained? Maybe it’s happening to you. Rest assured that you can solve the problem, it just takes a few corrections in the way work is approached.Make sure your company stresses the importance of balance. Even your best employees can be prone to burnout. People don’t function well if they are functioning constantly without an occasional break.Help employees understand the inner workings of the company.

Summer Reading for the Business-Minded

Business Week has gathered input from business professionals and business professors, and as a result has compiled a list of recommended business books that, as a group, capture the essence of the business world as we know it today.Recommending the books are 28 business professionals and professors, including Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, Philip Kotler, professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and Bob Pittman, CEO of America Online.

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.

Education Loans Available For Grad School Test Prep

Sallie Mae, the nation's largest provider of student loans, and Kaplan, the leader in test preparation for graduate and professional schools, have announced the Kaplan Student Loan Program providing low-interest loans to eligible students wishing to take a test-prep course.The program allows any Kaplan student who is a US citizen or a permanent resident with a social security number to be eligible for the program."This program opens doors to students who might not otherwise be able to afford test prep," said John Polstein, president of Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.
Practice

The Learning Game

Does this sound familiar? You’ve tried it all – classroom training, internal training, books, videos – and still your staff are fumbling with their new software. They KNOW there are easier ways to complete their tasks, yet they say they’re so busy there’s no time to learn how to do things more efficiently. Why is this happening? It’s not because you’ve been unwilling to provide training, it’s not because your staff doesn’t want to learn.As a consultant, I have the opportunity to observe computer users at many different organizations.
Technology

Budgeting With Pivot Tables - The Sequel

Over 1,200 AccountingWEB members read David Carter's first tutorial on budgeting with pivot tables. In the eagerly awaited sequel, Carter goes beyond setting up initial budgets to explain how to add the actuals each month and use Excel pivot tables to report on Monthly and Year-to-Date Actuals versus Budget, plus Variances – both at company and departmental level.The Formulas function is used to calculate variances between budget and actual.
Technology

Bullet Mania For Microsoft Word

You’ve seen them. Bullets. Little characters that appear before a list of paragraphs that are designed to draw attention to the following text. Maybe you have used the arrow or the basic black dot, but have you ever wanted to expand your selection to something that may follow a theme? For example, using a gun for a proposal for a gun manufacturer?
AccountingWEB Life

A Time Management Tip That Really Works!

When it comes to managing time, most people find that they run from fire to fire (read crisis to crisis) without accomplishing what they really want to do. If you feel that you are meetinged out, up to your ears in mail, or in e-mail jail, keep reading.The key to having the time that you need to do what you want to do is simply to schedule time with yourself. It's similar to the idea of paying yourself first when you get your paycheck. And it works. The key to this hot little tip, though, is for you to think of yourself as one of your most important clients - and you are!
Technology

Voice Mail While You're on the Internet

If you've got a computer at home, don't have the luxury of two phone lines, and are worried about missing important phone calls, a service called Pagoo Call Catcher could be your salvation. For $4.95 per month, the service will allow people who call you while you're online to leave a voice message, and that message is then stored in your computer and you are notified by email or your pager that there is a voice message waiting in you in your Pagoo Mailbox.

Finally, "Value Added" Makes Sense!

The AccountingWEB community is grateful to Sylvia Pate, principal at QuickSilver Consulting, for leading a workshop on adding value to client services, and creating a REAL DEFINITION of "Value Added" in a way that we can all understand, communicate and measure.First, let's look at the Value Equation: the framework to make value-add decisions for your clients and firm.The Value Equation

"Smile" - You're an Accountant!

If a smile can launch a thousand ships, then CPAs and accountants should get their sea legs ready to sail.According to a new survey of 1,400 chief financial officers, conducted by temporary staffing giant Accountemps, a "positive attitude" came as the most important trait a CPA can possess in the new century.Forty percent of participants ranked this trait as number one.

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