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5 Ways to Take Charge of Your Career Path in Finance & Accounting

Going to work every day keeps the paychecks coming in. You may receive excellent performance reviews and even get promoted. But while showing up and doing your job every day is important, it’s not the same as managing your career path. Managing your career isn’t about getting a gold star. It’s about doing work you love and feeling confident, supported and on top of your game. You want a career that supports the kind of life you want to live.

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Productivity Faux Paus to Avoid

Life in the accounting and finance world is fast, hectic and constantly changing. This is especially true during high demand cyclical periods like tax season and year-end close, when the stakes only get higher, and the stress only gets worse. Creating an environment that encourages and facilitates performance, productivity and positivity amongst your employees is essential to making sure your business keeps pace. Unfortunately, many businesses stumble. This leads to workplace dysfunction.

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The Real Cost of a Hiring Mistake

Entrepreneurs and human resource managers obsess over hiring. To find people with the best skill set and cultural fit, hiring managers analyze handshakes and resumes, invest in personality assessments, and engage in internet sleuthing. Yet despite these efforts, bad hires happen. In fact, according to research by Glassdoor and the Brandon Hall Group, 95% of companies admit to recruiting the wrong people each year. And more than one-third admitted that they were unaware of how costly hiring the wrong person can be.

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How To Position Yourself for a Promotion

You’ve probably worked with this person before. The one who rises through the ranks of the company with ease. While their ascent may appear effortless, they’ve most likely mastered the art of getting a promotion. If your annual review is approaching, don’t wait until the scheduled date to make your case. Act now to make sure when the time comes, there’s no doubt in your manager’s mind that you are ready for the next level.

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138,000 Jobs Added in May

The latest From the BLS Employment Report: The U.S. economy added 138,000 jobs last month.  With the release of this month’s BLS report, the employment situation shows a steady recovery. Unemployment has now reached a 16-year low. The rate dropped to 4.3% in May — its lowest level since May 2001. So far this year, the U.S. has added 810,000 jobs. Since February, the first jobs report under President Trump, the U.S. has gained 594,000 jobs.

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Take Advantage of the Talent Shortage, Work with a Recruiter

As an accounting or finance professional with the right mix of skills and experience, you’re a hot commodity. The talent shortage in the industry is making hiring harder for employers, but this demand presents an opportunity for candidates. Companies are increasing salaries and offering better benefits. Generous bonuses and greater professional development opportunities are more commonplace. Here’s a look at why, even in a job market that favors employees, working with a recruiter is more valuable than ever.

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How to Find the Right Career Mentor

One of the best ways to learn the ropes at a new workplace or to take your career to the next level is by finding a mentor. Studies have shown that people with mentors earn higher salaries, are promoted more frequently, and report higher job satisfaction than those without. Some companies offer formal mentoring programs, while other mentor relationships may grow organically at work or school.

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211,000 Jobs Added to the Economy in April

The latest From the BLS Employment Report: Job creation in April soared to 211,000 while the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent, its lowest since the recession. So far this year, employers have added an average of 174,000 jobs. The average hourly earnings of private-sector workers grew 2.5 percent in the last year. This marks steady growth after a lackluster March. The boost in jobs growth confirmed that the tepid March numbers were a weather-related aberration, said Tony Bedikian, head of global markets for Citizens Bank.

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