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How to Nail a Phone Interview

We are a nation addicted to our phones. And while we might sleep with them and take them on vacation, what we aren’t doing is talking on them. Yet despite our aversion to talking on the phone, mastering the phone interview is a necessity if you want to land a job. Acing the phone interview is often a prerequisite to landing an in-person interview, so here are a few tips on how to nail this crucial step in the job searching struggle.

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156,000 Jobs Added in December

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: The US economy added 156,000 jobs in December according to employment data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate raised slightly to 4.7 percent this month. In December, employment gains occurred in health care and social assistance. The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for October was revised down from 142,000 to 135,000 and November was revised up from 178,000 to 204,000.

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How to Make the Most Out of Meetings

With a limited number of hours in each day, most of us are looking for ways to be more productive. It can be 3:00 in the afternoon before we really have time to dig into the projects we plan to accomplish on a given day. Poorly organized and executed meetings are often to blame. You can’t control how others run their meetings, but there are simple, practical things that you can do to ensure that the next meeting you host is efficient and productive.

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How to Stay Warm in an Office Tundra

Winter officially started in late December but some workers feel as though they live in the tundra year-long in their offices. Frigid temperatures not only make you extremely uncomfortable but multiple studies have shown it can increase feelings of sadness and negatively impact your productivity. A study published in the journal HVAC&R Research found that those in offices with temperatures in the low 70s had decreased productivity and made more mistakes than their warmer counterparts.

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Tips to Increase Your QuickBooks Proficiency

With more than 1.5 million customers worldwide, Quickbooks is arguably one of the most popular small business accounting software solutions in the world. Many accountants and bookkeepers have been using Quickbooks daily for years, but with new versions and new features being released all the time, even seasoned pros can always use a few hacks to make their jobs easier. Here are some of our favorite tips to increase your Quickbooks proficiency. Enter correct information Setting up your Quickbooks file is simple.

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Your Guide to Gift-Giving at Work

Accounting and finance jobs bring their own demands in terms of day-to-day requirements and deadlines. When the holidays roll around, many workers in these fields feel an added layer of stress related to gift-giving to colleagues and bosses. The following guidelines for end-of-year gift exchanges provide some clarity and suggestions to help you make it through unscathed. You don’t have to participate in gift-giving As a starting point, exchanges should be strictly opt-in, says Allison Green, author of the career and management blog Ask a Manager.

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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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