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5 Easy Ways to Be Healthy At Work

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Accountants spend a lot of time at their desks — and that’s not okay. Research shows a clear correlation between long periods of sitting and adverse health outcomes such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and stroke. The fact is that the human body was built to be upright and active — your desk is the polar opposite of a healthy lifestyle.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to be healthier in your daily routine. Here are 5 easy ideas to get started.

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Accounting and Finance: Choosing Your Career Path

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A career in accounting and finance can be a lucrative one with great growth potential. But where do you even start? And then where do you go from there? It may seem a little overwhelming, but when you consider a career path, think about where you would like to be in 5, 10 or 15 years. Believe it or not, 15 years will go by quickly, so seek out the job opportunities and experience that will help you achieve your career goals.

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Five Soft Skills Every Young Accounting and Finance Pro Should Have

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In the accounting and finance world, many professionals measure their worth in degrees, accolades and relevant experience. While all of these traits can weigh heavily on an employer’s decision to hire, I often find that candidates don’t put enough emphasis on soft skills. Expressing soft skills during an interview and on the job can be a huge benefit to a candidate. I assure you, employers will not overlook these positive attributes.

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Finance And Accounting Jobs Report: July 2014

Finance and Accounting Jobs Report July 2014Jobs Report Summary For The Finance and Accounting Industry.

Based on the BLS report with June 2014 data.

 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released that June added 288,000 jobs to the workforce, which is a substantial increase to what economists predicted. The unemployment rate dropped from a 6.3% to a 6.1%, the lowest it’s been since September 2008. Over the past five months, the economy has added over 200,000 jobs month over month. With the newly added June jobs as well as May’s reported numbers, it could very well be the spark that the economy needs.

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Avoid Hiring Discrimination, But Recruit For Cultural Fit

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If you imagine cultural fit as a tool in the toolbox of hiring, it would be a jackhammer. It is incredibly powerful, imprecise, and potentially perilous in untrained hands.

Attention: Cultural Fit At Work

It can be tempting to view the hiring process as a simple project. It turns out that the combination of qualifications, years of experience, and salary expectations aren’t always enough to ensure success. More and more organizations are finding that the most qualified candidate is not always the best.

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How To Ensure That Your First Job Out Of College Doesn’t End In Catastrophic Failure

First Job Out Of College

Don’t panic, but you’ve been hired – and it’s at a major corporation! It’s time to come to terms with the realization that this company actually exists somewhere, and it’s not just a brand logo. As you walk through those big double doors on your first day of work, you may experience a feeling that you haven’t had since you saw your middle school history teacher in the supermarket: “Hey, this can’t be happening! You don’t exist in real life!” It’s a surreal moment.

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Hiring Employees That Fit Your Culture

When hiring employees, chances are you’re take the time to review resumes, assess skills and ensure that potential applicants have the right experience for the specific job. But do you also take the time to ensure you are hiring the right people for your specific company culture? If not, it could cost you.

Check out our infographic below to learn why hiring for cultural fit is so important and how you can ensure you are hiring the best candidates for your company.

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Taking The CPA Exam Right After Graduation

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Should I Take The CPA Exam?

The CPA exam is grueling. It’s all about the details — and your ability to completely and thoroughly understand them.

The trend makes sense.

As a CPA, you’ll be responsible for handling clients’ taxes — some may be businesses and some may be individuals. Regardless of your track, you’ll be responsible for very important work. It’s no surprise then, that the annual pass rate is approximately half.

As a recent college graduate, you may be excited to take the exam right now, while your brain is still in ‘study mode.’ But there may be benefits to waiting. Ultimately, the decision is up to you — and it’s not an easy one. Here are six pros and cons to consider when making your decision:

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Finance and Accounting Jobs Report: June 2014

Finance and Accounting Jobs Report: June 2014Jobs report summary for the Finance and Accounting industry. Based on the BLS report with May 2014 data.

 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released that employment in May added 217,000 jobs, which has finally ended the recovery from 2008’s crash. While the reported numbers for May are 60,000 jobs less than April’s unprecedented numbers, the unemployment rate continues to hold at 6.3%. With a full recovery of 2008, will we start to see positive gains for the economy?

While the newly reported May jobs are somewhat refreshing, the unemployment rate still causes a bit of concern. In April, the unemployment rate decreased from 6.7% to 6.3%, but not from an influx of jobs; the unemployment rate drop was due to the labor force participation rate, which came in at 62.8%; its lowest point in decades, down from 63.2% in March.
While the May jobs report reflects a decrease from April’s report, the long road to a 2008 recovery is finally behind us. Will the unemployment rate drop in the upcoming months and surge an economic growth?

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