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How to ask for a raise

In a perfect world, an employee would never have to ask for a raise. Bosses would recognize the value you bring to your role and give you a raise. In the real world, that’s rarely the reality. If you want a raise, you have to ask for one. Self-promotion and frank discussions about money are uncomfortable but necessary. Here are five tips on how to ask for a raise – and getting it.

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How to Win the Hiring Game in a Tight Labor Market

Companies looking to expand their accounting and finance teams are running into a problem. In the current economy, there just aren’t enough accounting and finance professionals to go around. While total U.S. employment is at just 3.8 percent as of June 2018, the unemployment rate for accounting and finance professionals is even lower than that. This means more employers are having trouble filling job openings. There is also more competition to hold on to the talent they already have.

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4 Kinds of Toxic Managers and How to Cope

Being a manager isn’t easy. The technical skills a person relies on early in their career don’t always translate into the core skills needed to lead others. If they did, anyone could be promoted and adored by their employees. Of course, we know that’s not the case; toxic managers walk among us. Usually, a terrible working environment is the direct result of having an ineffective leader. Take a look at these four types of toxic managers you may encounter in your career.

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The Impact of a Hiring Mistake

Nobody wants to hire the wrong person. You’ll spend time and money on training and trying to help them fit into the organization. Often, that time and expense are wasted because the individual will leave your organization soon –voluntarily or otherwise – and you’ll be forced to find a replacement. And that’s not even the real impact of a hiring mistake. The Society for Human Resource Management suggests the cost of turnover can run as high as $150,000 for an accounting professional.

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Video Job Interview Tips

Job interviews can be daunting – especially if your prospective employer wants to conduct the interview via video conference. If you’re not accustomed to video, you may feel a bit awkward in front of the camera. Technical troubles can also be an issue. The bad news is that, in this day and age, job seekers probably can’t avoid video job interviews.

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The Case for Post-Tax Season Hiring

Busy season is coming to a close for accounting and finance professionals. They’re planning vacations, reconnecting with friends and family and recommitting to a good mix of nutrition and regular exercise. While they’re at it, many of them will be looking for a new job. For some hiring managers, April is a time for family vacations while schools are closed for Spring Break. Others might be planning summer travel.

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How to help clarify tax reform for your clients

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the most significant overhaul of the U.S. tax code since 1986. Even the pros are still working on wrapping their heads around how the changes will impact tax planning and preparation. Some clients haven’t felt the impact of the tax reform – most new rules don’t impact the 2017 returns being filed right now.

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Get The Rock Star Treatment This Tax Day

Tax Day is here. Tax Day means that all of your behind-the-scenes work is finally paying off. Your skills are taking center stage, and you have rocked this tax season. Tax professionals, take a bow. If you’re not getting the rock star treatment you deserve, we can help.  Here are just a few of our tax stars and how they are rocking during tax season: Tax Accountant: They prepare federal, state or local tax returns for their devoted fans, business establishments or other organizations.

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