Self-Improvement

Education & Careers

Killer cover letters - how to get noticed

As you sit down to write your cover letter, do you ever stop and think, “Who the heck is going to read this?” You may believe that just because employers get hundreds of resumes per job posting that they tend to skip the cover letter part. That is simply not true.One Size Doesn’t Fit AllYou’ve written this awesome cover letter and it’s taken you quite a long time to create your masterpiece. You’re tired and spent from all your hard work.

Cell phone dos and don'ts

Do you remember a world without cell phones?Wow, there's a scary question. But cell phones, connected as they may keep us, seem to have an amazing power to disturb and trump face to face interaction. For example, why is it that during a meal or a meeting, people insist on taking every call? Even worse, just let the phone ring? They forget all about the person across the table as if they were invisible! This violates the golden rule of interpersonal communication, which is to make the other person feel like the most important person in the world.

Does anybody like an angry woman?

The chairman of the Republican National Committee caused something of a furor last year when he asserted on national television that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was too angry to be elected president.Although the chairman's statement might have sounded like a personal attack, there are some who feel the assertion goes deeper.

Looking for a job? Say 'Thank you!'

Your mother told you to do it, and now a new survey shows she was right: Sending a thank-you note not only displays impeccable manners but also may give job hopefuls an edge over other applicants. While nearly nine out of 10 of executives polled (88 percent) said sending a thank-you note following an interview can boost a job seeker's chances, they also estimate that half of applicants (49 percent) fail to do so.
Workplace Fitness

Virginia CPAs blend fiscal fitness with physical fitness

Sound mind, sound body, sound savings account?The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) last month joined Radio Disney's Move It! tour, which urges kids and families to "join in on activities to get you gamin', groovin' and movin'."Why would CPAs get involved? The national mall tour is all about healthy lifestyles. While Radio Disney celebrated music and movement, the Virginia Society of CPAs promoted healthy financial habits at mall stops in Chesapeake and Richmond over two weekends in July.
Technology

Instant messaging: Another distraction or a tool for collaboration?

Apparently, e-mail isn't fast enough.After years of reluctance to add another potential distraction to their employees' work days, companies are starting to embrace instant messaging.Instant messaging isn't new to the workplace, but it's mainly been used by employees who have installed IM programs on the sly. Now employers are getting into the act. IM programs allow users to start casual, real-time conversations with co-workers on their "buddy lists," which show who is online. With IMs, not only can you get instant answers, but you can talk with multiple people at once.

10 Signs that your job may be on the line

Everyone gets fired at least once in their career, it seems, but how do you know if you're next?Consider these 10 signs that the end may be near:You hear the phrase knowledge transfer. If you're asked to train a new employee with a job description that sounds familiar (like your own), consider it a red flag, said Robert Graber, founder of WallStJobs.com, a recruitment resource for financial professionals, in MarketWatch.You're a senior executive and your company hires a new CEO from outside the company.

Speaking as a Performing Art: 15 tips that are sure to make you a better public speaker

Doug Lawrence has been a professional singer, music director, and speech coach. He is a highly respected concert artist having sung for almost forty years in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and throughout Europe with conductors like Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson-Thomas. In the last forty years, in addition to singing, he’s done tons of speaking in front of groups of all sizes. Here’s the big surprise: Singing and speaking have everything in common—except for maybe really good tunes.

The psychology of success

Successful people have the habit of doing things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either, but their disliking is put into second place to the strength of their purpose, argues Robert Craven.Successful people seem to do things in a different way from the unsuccessful. Success breeds success, and certainly attitude is a key part of the secret of success.All successful entrepreneurs have a number of attributes in common, none of which is at all magical. The Harvard Business Review published an excellent study of entrepreneurial qualities by Geoffrey A Timmons.
Practice

Top 5 Productivity Killers

As Vice President of Strategic Business Development at FileVision, Laurie Shufeldt sees her share of customers in need of improved productivity. Shufeldt helps SMB customers, especially those in the healthcare, financial services and government industries, bridge the gap between digital content and paper documents. Based on her experiences, here are the top five productivity killers capable of slowing down any firm or practice.Productivity Killer No.

Making Your Performance Review Work for You

Preparing for your performance review throughout the year can turn one of the most dreaded meetings in an employee’s work life into a career-enhancing event, Ohio Young e-CPA reports.Some steps to take before the review include:Keep Track of Your Progress Throughout the YearKeep a file documenting courses you’ve attended or training you’ve completed, as well as special projects you and your boss might not remember at year end. If you haven’t kept documents to prove your activities, check e-mails and archive folders.
Workplace Fitness

5 Signs of An Unhealthy Workaholic

A growing number of highly paid professionals are endangering their health by logging more than 60 hours per week, traveling regularly and responding to clients 24 hours a day.
Community News

Texas CPA Wins Blog Award

Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas) was honored by the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA), with a Bronze Best of Texas award for the business blog, www.fromgregshead.com.The blog, authored by Gregory Price, CPA, Director of Consulting Solutions at PKF Texas, provides insight, information and commentary on accounting and technology trends.“We are very excited that TPRA awarded PKF Texas with such a prestigious award for our blog.
Practice Management

Power of Publicity: Finding Your Business’ Media Niche

Whether you are the owner, manager, or public relations director of a company, chances are, you’re always looking for ways to get your name in the public eye. While advertising is a great start, enhancing your advertising with publicity creates a perfect marriage of exposure for your company, says Marsha Friedman, President, Event Management Services, Inc. What is publicity? It’s non-paid communication to promote your company in a positive light using media vehicles like television, radio, magazines, and newspapers.
Workplace Fitness

10 Tips for Balancing Work & Life

As today’s workforce deals with an ongoing struggle to find the right work/life balance. Crowe Chizek and Company LLC is attempting to address this issue through one element of its Women Into Leadership (WIL) program. At a recent event, Crowe personnel discussed what tactics work in their lives. From this, Crowe has compiled the following 10 tips to help other people find their appropriate work/life balance.
A&A

Junk the Junk: Dealing with the Information Explosion

By Steve RothI am a hoarder. I have always been a hoarder. My school desk used to be a treasure trove of "useful" items – old pens, bits of rubber, half eaten cheese sandwiches, broken bits of Action Man and sticks. Most lay in the desk for years – just in case. Regrettably I can’t have a desk at work. But I have something almost as good – Outlook. Anything even remotely “useful”, contacts I will never contact, things that I’ll “get round to” – when I have the time, can all be stored in Outlook. No doubt they will still be there when I retire.
Technology

Deloitte Survey: Mandatory e-Filing Costs More Time & Money

U.S. companies required to e-file are spending more time and money on compliance than before the electronic process was made mandatory, a new survey conducted by Deloitte Tax LLP has found. A majority of those surveyed said the time they spent on compliance (61 percent) and the costs (68 percent) in filing their 2005 federal tax returns had increased by as much as 19 percent.Recent changes in e-file transition rules and the expansion of the e-file mandate make planning for e-filing an important aspect of compliance planning for tax year 2006.
A&A

5 Relationships Every Entrepreneur Must Nurture

You've probably heard it said that entrepreneurs are "married to their work." It's true. Running a company requires amazing quantities of time, energy, and devotion. But there is one big difference: while matrimony is all about maintaining a healthy relationship with another person, being married to a business is all about maintaining healthy (and profitable) relationships with several groups of people.
Technology

The Accountant’s Guide to a Career in Technology

By John StokdykWhen he recently asked in an AccountingWEB opinion article, Why aren't there more accountants in IT?, Microsoft's Tim Lennard began by suggesting there was a potential surplus of talent within the profession that could be more gainfully employed in the technology business. One of the reasons Lennard's article was so popular was that it managed to provoke reactions from both sides of the fence. Several IT industry veterans dropped into the conversation to describe their front-line experiences, while technophobes highlighted some of the reasons not to go into IT.
A&A

E-mails As Evidence: Business Owners Face New Procedures

Changes in federal employment law may change the way you and your employees store e-mails and e-messages, but Business & Legal Reports reports that one of the key changes facing small business owners this year is not a change in law at all.The U.S. Supreme Court established a set of new procedures dealing with electronic messages that may be needed as evidence in trials. Why is the procedural change important to you? One look at your computer inbox, electronic communication has exploded in recent years, leaving the postal carrier feeling a bit lonely these days.

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