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Put Down That Sandwich! (and Other International Business Etiquette Tips)

Posted by Doug White on September 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

international-business-etiquetteDid you know it’s a faux pas to give a clock as a business gift in China? Were you aware it’s considered impolite to eat a sandwich with your hands in the Netherlands? Have you heard that many Europeans consider it poor form to shake hands while wearing gloves?

OK, while you might not have known about those specific cultural nuances, you definitely should understand the importance of observing international business etiquette.

Topics: Career Advice

How Are You Wasting Time at Work?

Posted by Tamara Stanley on September 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM

time_wasters_at_work2When you have a serious case of the Mondays (Tuesdays, Thursdays or whatever day) at work, it's hard not to waste time as you await inspiration. Time Doctor uncovered exactly how we're wasting time at work and here's a snippet of what they found:

  • The distracted love company. Fourteen percent of us chat with coworkers, more than any other activity.
  • The second biggest time wasters are less in our control; 11 percent of survey respondents said that computer issues or meetings are their biggest time suck.
  • Nine percent reported surfing the Internet to waste time, and 64 percent of those are visiting non-work-related websites every day.

Topics: Office Culture, Infographic

10 Students to Watch in the Accounting Profession

Posted by Liza Goldberg on September 12, 2014 at 5:59 AM

at-aicpa-scholarshipAccountemps has partnered with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to provide $2,500 scholarships to outstanding students pursuing a degree in an accounting-related major. From nearly 1,200 applicants, 10 honorees were recently selected based on academic achievement, leadership activities and a commitment to becoming a licensed CPA professional.

The higher demand and lower unemployment rate for many accounting positions today mean greater opportunities for those entering the profession. We asked our 2014-2015 AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship recipients about why they chose an accounting career path and their plans after graduation. Here’s what they said:

Topics: Industry News

3 Recruiting Strategies for Attracting Millennials Now

Posted by Accountemps on September 10, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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With approximately 76 million members, Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. today. They’re savvy, talented and ambitious, and as they enter the workforce, pose a recruitment challenge to employers who may not be up to speed on what appeals to this group.

If you’re relying solely on recruitment methods of the past, you may want to reboot. Studies show that Millennials are social media and mobile reliant, seek unique experiences and value work-life balance, among other characteristics. If you want to boost your reach with Millennials (and you should), consider the following tips:

Topics: Management Advice, Hiring

5 Ways to Boost Your Visibility and Get Promoted

Posted by Doug White on September 8, 2014 at 6:00 AM

visibilityYou’re a dedicated accounting professional who hunkers down and produces stellar results, yet you feel like your efforts go unnoticed. Sound familiar? If so, it’s time to take a more proactive role in advancing your career.

While you don’t need to behave like a blustering braggart to get noticed (and get promoted), increasing your visibility does require strategic thinking, finesse and some self-promotional savvy. Here are five tips for gaining the recognition and rewards you deserve, while also positioning yourself for a promotion:

Topics: Career Advice

Career Lessons from Weird Al: Banish Buzzwords in the Workplace

Posted by Abby Welch on September 4, 2014 at 4:30 AM

buzzwords-in-the-workplace-0904Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of or seen some of Weird Al Yankovic’s new parody music videos. His “Mission Statement” video about corporate jargon is a must-see. I never thought I’d say it, but we can learn a valuable career lesson from Weird Al: Avoid using buzzwords in the workplace.

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice

Give Props to Your Payroll Peeps, It’s National Payroll Week!

Posted by Abby Welch on September 2, 2014 at 6:00 AM

In honor of National Payroll Week (September 1-5), we’d like to thank all the payroll clerks, payroll managers and other payroll professionals who work tirelessly to ensure we’re all paid accurately and on time. Your efforts should never go unnoticed, but this week we want to shine an extra spotlight on you.

If you work with or manage payroll professionals, show them your appreciation this week and throughout the year. Just be sure to give recognition the right way. Do not follow the example of the individuals in this video!

 

 

Topics: Career Advice, Events, Video

Turning the Tables: 8 Questions to Ask in an Interview

Posted by Accountemps on August 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Top_Questions_to_Ask_in_an_Interview_-_Aug29Are you interviewing for a new job? Remember that the employer isn’t the only one who should ask good questions. The questions you ask your interviewer can help you glean key information about the work environment, while also demonstrating your strong interest in the job and your beyond-the-basics knowledge of the company.

Here are eight questions to ask in an interview, along with the reasons why:

Topics: Interviewing

Soft Skill Spotlight: Tact and Diplomacy

Posted by Accountemps on August 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Soft_Skills_Spotlight_Tact_and_Diplomacy_-_Aug27How do you handle sensitive situations in your accounting job? Maybe you clam up to avoid clashes. Or, perhaps, you get upset and say things you later regret. Either way, working on your tact and diplomacy will help.

Isaac Newton called tact “the art of making a point without making an enemy.” As for diplomacy, journalist David Frost once said it’s “the art of letting someone else have your way.” At the end of the day, tact and diplomacy share a common intent: they help you achieve your goals while maintaining good office relations.

Knowing what to say – and what not to say – can help you to mitigate conflict, negotiate with colleagues and avoid hurt feelings. It comes down to thinking about your words before you say (or email) them. Consider the following tips for fine-tuning your tact and diplomacy at work. 

Topics: Career Advice, Skills Development

Accounting Humor: It Does Exist

Posted by Tamara Stanley on August 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Nearly eight in 10 (79 percent) chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said an employee's sense of humor is important for fitting into the company's corporate culture. - See more at: http://accountemps.rhi.mediaroom.com/funny-business#sthash.mOiEI9il.dpufShttp://accountemps.rhi.mediaroom.com/funny-business

Accountant_humor_humor_at_workDo accountants have a sense of humor? Some think that finding an accountant's funny bone is as hard to uncover as a misplaced decimal point in a year-end balance sheet. We firmly disagree! We know accountants can let loose and showcase humor at work just like any other professional. And that's a good thing since 80 percent of CFOs say that having a sense of humor at work is important to fitting into a company's culture. (Though the guy in this cartoon may have taken his humor a bridge too far.)

Topics: Humor

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