AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 65

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  1. Accenture Consultants Are Taught How to Talk to CEOs
  2. EY Poll: Students Pick Challenging Jobs Over Fame or Fortune
  3. New Accounting Salary Survey Shows Gender Disparities
  4. Are You In the Market for a New Notebook Computer?
  5. Recession Plus PCs Equal More Fraud
  6. State Reference Immunity Laws - Free Report
  7. 9/11 One Year Later: Firms Brace for Cyber Attacks
  8. Survey Provides Insight into CFO-Auditor Relationships
  9. Book Recommendation: Mastering the Art of Marketing Professional Services: A Step-by-Step Best Practices Guide

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  1. What College Recruits Want From Potential Employers - Part 2 of 3
  2. Common Faults With Accounting Firms' Web Sites
  3. Internet Tip: Find Out How "Popular" You Are on the Internet
  4. E-mail Management - Part 1 and 2
  5. Excel Tip: Alternate Row Shading Using Conditional Formatting

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1. Accenture Consultants Are Taught How to Talk to CEOs

As part of their training, Accenture consultants are taught how to talk to CEOs. Their practice sessions involve some topics accountants and auditors might well be discussing with their clients.

2. EY Poll: Students Pick Challenging Jobs Over Fame or Fortune

A poll of college interns by Ernst & Young shows most students are confident about their financial prospects, and they value the ability to grow and learn in their jobs more than the opportunity for fame or fortune.

3. New Accounting Salary Survey Shows Gender Disparities

CareerBank has released its 2002 Salary Survey Report for
accounting, finance, and banking professionals. The survey,
based on online responses from 2,575 participants, shows some striking disparities between genders.

4. Are You In the Market for a New Notebook Computer?

There was a time when buying a new notebook meant deciding
between getting one of the 2-ring or 3-ring variety. Today's notebooks come equipped with megabytes, megahertz, Ethernet connections, and plenty of RAM, and weigh even less than those binders of yore. If you're in the market for a notebook, put away the three-hole punch and look no further that the 2002 Notebook Buyer's Guide.

5. Recession Plus PCs Equal More Fraud

Internal or occupational fraud continues to cause enormous
problems for CPAs. Some reasons why fraud continues to be
such a big problem are highlighted in this article.

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6. State Reference Immunity Laws - Free Report

The free report - "State Reference Immunity Laws" - gives a
state-by-state summary of reference immunity laws that can
affect how an employer furnishes references, as well as the
latest case law demonstrating how non-compliance could land
employers in court.

7. 9/11 One Year Later: Firms Brace for Cyber Attacks

One year after 9/11, many companies are bracing for a major
cyber attack within the next year. But firms are better prepared today, thanks to a number of security techniques.

8. Survey Provides Insight into CFO-Auditor Relationships

"The ultimate responsibility for financial statements may lie with corporate managers, but by any measure, the audit firms have failed miserably in their role as financial watchdogs." This conclusion is based on results of the second in a series of four surveys on corporate financial practices produced by CFO Magazine.

9. Book Recommendation: Mastering the Art of Marketing Professional Services: A Step-by-Step Best Practices Guide

The authors, Allan Boress, CPA, CFE and Michael Cummings,
describe the work as a "Physician's Desk Reference" for the
Marketing Director, Practice Development Partner or anyone who needs to know exactly and thoroughly how to accomplish any marketing situation in a step-by-step manner based only on the Best Practices of our profession. This is the most complete marketing standard for our profession and takes the guesswork and failure out of marketing. Order Today!

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1. What College Recruits Want From Potential Employers - Part 2 of 3

We have compiled some helpful tips from one of the many
questions within the survey. "What advice would you give
potential employers to help the interview process be more
effective for both sides?" This three part series addresses 1) Pre-Interview Tips 2) Interview Tips and 3)Post Interview Follow-up tips.

2. Common Faults With Accounting Firms' Web Sites

There are many, many reasons why so many Web sites fail to
achieve results. Here is the top twelve found in our work with accounting firms the world over.

3. Internet Tip: Find Out How "Popular" You Are on the Internet

Ever wonder how your organization stacks up against your
competitors in terms of online awareness and visibility?

4. E-mail Management - Part 1 and 2

The average e-mail user will receive 1,466 unsolicited e-mails this year. Whether it is 1,400 or 14,000, it is this very argument that makes e-mail management such an important topic in today's business world.

5. Excel Tip: Alternate Row Shading Using Conditional Formatting

One way to make your data legible is to apply cell shading to every other row in a range. Excel's Conditional Formatting feature makes this a simple task.

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1. Tax Software-Data Base Problems. I am currently using LKA. Consultants Objective tax to produce ELS tax returns. This system has worked extremely well for a number of years. However, in January, for some reason, just before the 31st deadline, the database corrupted, and the self-employment income of most of my clients disappeared. Restoring from the back-ups did not work for some reason. Please help.

2. I have been requested to perform valuation of a company
which owns the publication rights to 4 separate IT magazines that are distributed free of charge to qualified members. My question: what would be the appropriate valuation basis to determine the fair value of the company?

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