Archive for Workplace Tips

The Myth of the Job Hopping Millennial

Once upon a time, staying in a job for less than a year or two carried a huge stigma. It raised a red flag to potential employers about your seriousness, reliability, ability to work with a team and loyalty. Today, that logic is outdated. Switching jobs every few years is the norm, and it’s not just Millennials that are doing it. In fact, job hopping has become widely accepted. Fast Company recommends people switch jobs every three years for the rest of their lives.

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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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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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