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In-Demand Accounting Skills

The job market for accounting professionals is hot. But if you want to land the best jobs, you need to demonstrate the in-demand accounting skills that make you the perfect fit. It’s not all about technical skills. Accounting managers can teach good people the basics of Excel, bank reconciliations, and accounting software, but soft skills may be more elusive. Here’s a look at the most in-demand skills that will help ensure that you’ve always got options.

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7 Tricks to Focus at Work

Workplace research shows that a typical office employee goes only 11 minutes without being interrupted from the task at hand. That sounds about right, considering all the possible distractions (calls, emails, texts, and open-office noise, to name a few) disrupting focus at work. Although workers can learn to adapt to task-switching, such activity may come at the cost of depleting brain power. Obviously, that’s something to be avoided, both from a career and personal perspective, particularly in the focus-intensive world of accounting and finance.

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178,000 Jobs Added in November

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: The US economy added 178,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate dropped, according to employment report data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate — which has held near 4.9 percent since the spring — dipped to 4.6 percent this month. In November, employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

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Put the “Happy” in “Happy Holidays” for Your Employees

The holidays mean bonuses — or do they? Many of your employees would agree, so if you’re reasonably capable, you should deliver. This year, per our “Holiday Bonus and Hiring Survey,” 75 percent of companies plan to give holiday bonuses, with an average bonus of $1,081. What about your company? Are you providing bonuses? If so, how much?

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The Stock Market and the President Elect: What we’ve seen so far

In the early hours of November 9, 2016, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. The win defied the expectations of analysts and pollsters who predicted a win for Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton. The familiar refrain, “The stock markets hate uncertainty” rang true as markets around the world responded with a tailspin. But since that initial sell-off, as the dust has begun to settle and investors start to process a new reality, the markets have rebounded.

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5 Ways to Turn Failures into Success

In an article for Forbes, author Alison Coleman interviewed Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. Branson is known primarily for huge successes, but during his nearly five decades in business, he’s become no stranger to failure. Offering advice for entrepreneurs, Branson said, “Failure is a necessary part of business, so it’s incredibly important for all entrepreneurs and business leaders to know when to call it a day, learn from their mistakes, and move on, fast.

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Two Things on How to Negotiate a Raise

Has your salary remained stagnant for a while? Do you think you deserve to be paid more? Asking for raise is always a tough conversation. How do you prepare for it? And, more importantly, how can you make it easier for your manager to say yes? Asking for a raise can be just downright awkward, scary, and intimidating. But, it’s often essential to your career growth. So how should you go about asking for a little extra money? Watch our short video to find out!

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