Archive for Workplace Tips

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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Two Things to Remember About Your LinkedIn Brand

Build your network and make yourself discoverable with LinkedIn. Your online brand is an essential indicator of who you are as a job candidate (and as an accounting and finance professional). Make sure your LinkedIn brand accurately conveys your strengths, experience, and professional skills. Check out the video below to optimize your LinkedIn profile to best support your job hunt and career aspirations. Get involved. Don’t be stagnant on LinkedIn. Link up with finance and accounting groups, engage with your peers, and interact with content.

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Two Things: On Interview Tips

Big interview coming up? Let us help. Walking into an interview can be nerve-racking. How do you prepare for it? And, more importantly, how can you improve your chances of nailing it? Here are a few tips and tricks we’ve found to help navigate your way through an interview. Focus on your skills, put your positive attitude on display and clearly convey that you’re committed to the company so that they know you’re the best person for the job. Be professional. Be passionate. Be you. Want more?

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5 Ways to Avoid Social Media at Work

Social media sneaks into the workplace. Over two-thirds (68 percent) of employees feel using social media for personal reasons each day as a break from work tasks is appropriate. That’s staggering. But let’s be honest, to do a good job at work, you really need to be focused on the task at hand. Still, it’s hard to ignore distractions like the “dings” from Facebook.

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How to Make the Most of Lunch Meetings

Lunch meetings can be tricky, and may even be passé in some regards. Consider that weekday foodservice lunch visits declined by 7 percent in the second quarter of 2016, constrained in part by more people working from home and higher menu prices, reports NPD Group, which analyzes the restaurant industry. “My philosophy is that lunch is not the most productive place to do business,” observes venture capitalist Eric Manlunas. Business productivity expert Nancy Gaines agrees.

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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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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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