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US Financial Careers: An Analysis by State

The financial sector is one of the most rewarding and lucrative industries you can join. Behind every business, from local start-ups to booming, nationwide companies, is a financial department holding it together. Finance and insurance even represented 7% of US gross domestic product in 2014, which amounted to $1.223 trillion. But how are financial sectors faring across the US? Which states are trending upwards, and which are still struggling to recover from the recent recession?

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Why a Faster Hiring Process Helps Your Business

A tight labor market and increasingly choosy candidate pool is creating a sense of urgency among employers to hire quickly, or lose top talent to their competitors. As unemployment continues to drop, candidates have additional career options and are more willing to leave their jobs for what appears to be greener pastures. This exodus of qualified professionals can be expensive—and stressful—for all companies involved. So, who are the most eligible candidates, and how are businesses quickly engaging with them?

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Being a Temp is the Best Way to Find Full-Time Work

Temporary and contract work is becoming increasingly popular with accounting and finance employers who are looking to “try before they buy.” Not surprising, considering the cost of replacing a bad hire can run into tens of thousands of dollars, not to mention the hit it takes on employee morale. This desire to use temp and contract workers to test drive employees and weed out the good from the bad can work to a job seeker’s advantage if they know how to leverage the opportunity.

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Grow your accounting department, grow your business

Successful organizations understand that the accounting department is an essential element of their continued growth and profitability. Not only does the accounting department keep the company’s finances in check, but it can also help shape the direction and future growth of the business. Unfortunately, some accounting departments are understaffed and underworked, leaving employees consumed by processing day-to-day transactions and unable to focus on the bigger picture.

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How Celebrities Can Influence the Stock Market

Earlier this month, Kim Kardashian West took to Twitter to lament an untimely death. Not a family member; all members of the Kardashian and Jenner clans are just fine. Kim’s meltdown was precipitated by the demise of her beloved Blackberry Bold. In 2014, Kim admitted to stockpiling Blackberry’s 2011 phone due to her love of the tactile keyboard. It seems that the phone is no longer available on EBay and it’s unlikely that Blackberry will be able to offer her a replacement.

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How Do Instant Payments Change the Game for Your Team?

Apple Pay was not the first method for instant payments, but it is the largest. Introduced in 2014, it allowed iPhone used to make contactless payments at the point of sale with mobile phones via near-field communication (NFC). Before Apple Pay, mobile payments struggled for adoption. Retailers were hesitant to invest in the equipment and infrastructure to accept mobile payments that would only be used by a handful of clients. That changed when Apple entered the instant payment game.

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July Jobs Report Shows 255,000 Jobs Added

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: 255,000 Jobs Added in July After picking up last month, private-sector employment showed a second consecutive month of job gains — reinforcing again that the weak May nonfarm-payroll report was just a temporary dip. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report showed that 255,000 private-sector jobs were added in July, far exceeding economists’ expectations for a gain of 179,000 jobs.

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More than Just a Calculator: Spotlight on Accountants

You’ve probably seen the stereotypical accountant in movies or TV shows: uptight, focused on numbers, few social skills, structured to the point of rigidity. But accountants are so much more. Accountants fill a wide range of roles in a variety of industries, but most of them have certain traits in common that go far beyond the number-crunching cliche. Personable and friendly, yet focused Nobody wants to be seen as just a number or a file.

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What do tax pros do in the off-season?

When tax season winds down, the lives of tax pros rev up. During the weeks leading up to April 15th, most tax pros are consumed by high stress and long hours. Having a life, connecting with friends and family, and staying healthy and active are next to impossible. Fortunately, most employers recognize this sacrifice and reward it with generous PTO policies and flexible schedules, allowing tax pros to make up for lost time from May through December.

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