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Easy Ways to Go Green: 8 Tips for Making Your Office Eco-Friendly

Posted by Accountemps on April 18, 2014 at 5:00 AM

AT_0314_BLG_ImageSelectApril-EarthDay_NAM_ENGSpring has sprung so it’s a good time to look at making your office more eco-friendly. Here are some easy ways to go green — and save some green — at work.

1. Eat green. Bring your lunch in a reusable container and spare the planet two taco wrappers, a soda cup and a paper bag’s worth of landfill space each workday. In addition to being one of many easy ways to go green, packing your lunch can save you some money, too — almost $1,500 a year by one estimate. When your coffee break rolls around, use washable mugs. Staying hydrated or juicing it up? Try a reusable bottle.

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice

What Does a CPA do After Tax Season? Plenty!

Posted by Accountemps on April 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

What_does_a_CPA_doHaving survived tax season, thousands of CPAs are flocking to beach resorts for 11 months of relaxation, cocktails and resting on their laurels.

Topics: Tax

Resume Tips for New Accounting Grads

Posted by Accountemps on April 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Resume_TipsWriting an effective resume can be a challenge for entry-level accounting candidates who have't gained experience in the field. Many soon-to-be graduates sit down to write a resume only to stare at a blank screen. Armed with a few resume tips, they can be emboldened to proceed — especially if they know that many employers are eager to hire talented entry-level accounting graduates who possess the right skills.

Check out these resume tips:

Topics: Resumes, Job Search

Survey: Employees Use Office Supplies and Company Time for Tax Prep

Posted by Abby Welch on April 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Tax_Prep_ThumbnailThere might be a line at the office copier as Tax Day approaches.

According to a recent Accountemps survey, 30 percent of workers said it’s common for employees (not public accountants) to spend time on personal income tax preparation during business hours. Furthermore, 30 percent of workers interviewed said it’s common for employees to use company resources like the printer or photocopier to complete their personal income tax paperwork.

If you’re doing your personal income taxes on your company’s time and dime, be aware of the following:

  • While the lines between work and personal hours have blurred in recent years, it’s never a good idea to use company time or equipment to prepare your taxes.
  • Beyond the time-theft issues, it’s risky to have personal financial documents floating around the workplace, on your work computer or stored on your office copier’s hard drive.
  • Yes, we’re all busy, and some personal errands (like dashing to the post office) may have to be done during business hours. Try to handle them during lunch breaks, if possible.
  • Bottom line: Use your best judgment, and don’t let productivity suffer because of last-minute tax scrambling.

Topics: Career Advice, Infographic, Tax

The Yoda to Your Luke: Six Tips for Finding a Mentor at Work

Posted by Accountemps on April 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Finding_a_mentor_at_workSo you’re ready to take your career to the next level. One of the best ways to propel your accounting career forward is by finding a mentor at work — someone who can teach you to harness the power of the force (so to speak). The problem is that not all companies have formal mentoring programs, which means you may have to do some legwork.

It can be very helpful to have a trusted adviser to tap for support, objective feedback and real-world recommendations on navigating your career. Moreover, simply knowing that someone is invested in your professional growth provides extra layers of accountability and incentive to succeed. Yet, many accounting professionals fail to pursue the role of protégé, often because they don’t know where to begin.

Topics: Career Advice, Skills Development

Going On a Job Interview? Don't Let This Happen to You

Posted by Doug White on April 9, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Navigating the application process is tricky, but no area presents more potential pitfalls than the job interview, according to a new Accountemps survey. Forty-three percent of CFOs polled said the job interview is where candidates make the most misakes. (The resume was the second most common response.) Click here for tips on preparing for some increasingly common interview scenarios. Also, check out this humorous video from our company's Don't Let This Happen to You series about what not to do in a job interview: 

Topics: Interviewing, Video, Job Search

Good Call: Five Tips to Get the Most Out of a Phone Interview

Posted by Accountemps on April 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Phone_InterviewA phone interview is a great preliminary tool that hiring managers can use to narrow the list of applicants to call in for in-person interviews. This method is also a timesaver. It should take you no more than 15 to 30 minutes per phone interview.

Topics: Interviewing, Hiring

10 Toe-Tapping Tunes to Get You Through Tax Season

Posted by Accountemps on April 4, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Tax_season_tunesWith tax season in full swing, most of us have only one thing on our mind: Get the job done. That being said, Bob from Accountemps is always mining for clever options to get him (and others) through super-busy periods.

Here are his Top 10 Tunes for Tax Season ­– a YouTube playlist to keep your motivation high during the last few days of tax season. Who knows? The following songs may even improve your productivity as well as your efficiency, innovation, focus and frame of mind:

Topics: Tax, Humor

An April Fools’ Day Guide to Office Humor

Posted by Accountemps on April 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Office_humorThink there’s no room for humor at work? Think again. Levity at work is priceless – and not just on April Fools’ Day. In fact, an Accountemps survey found that 79 percent of CFOs said that a sense of humor played a large part in whether an employee fit into the office culture.

Of course, there’s a time for financial trend analysis and a time for play, so read on to learn more about the benefits of humor in the workplace and the appropriate forms it should take.

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice

Salary Spotlight: Bookkeeper

Posted by Accountemps on March 31, 2014 at 6:00 AM

BookkeeperBookkeepers work as financial archivists for organizations of all types and sizes. The demand for bookkeepers is expected to grow 11 percent by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Moreover, the flexibility of the position makes it attractive, as a skilled individual can often do bookkeeping on a part-time or temporary basis. The BLS notes that about 25 percent of bookkeepers worked part-time in 2012.

Topics: Salary Trends, Job Search

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