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Saying "No" at Work

Posted by Tamara Stanley on January 28, 2015 at 6:00 AM

2015-56_AT-blog-image-replacement-ADespite our best efforts, regardless of how much we twist ourselves into pretzels, no matter how we much try to squeeze one more hour into the day, we simply cannot do it all. To save our sanity, sometimes we need to learn to say no.

Saying no at work isn't easy. We may feel the need to be a team player or think saying no will jeopardize a promotion.

Topics: Career Advice

How and Why to Keep Your Cool With Helicopter Parents

Posted by Doug White on January 26, 2015 at 6:00 AM

helicopter_parentsThe term “helicopter parent” has been around for quite some time, but these hyper-involved moms and dads are still hovering over their kids. Famous (or infamous) for their heavy-handed approach, many helicopter parents have graduated from voicing their opinions to scholastic soccer coaches and higher education admissions staff to contacting employers on behalf of their now-grown children. 

Topics: Management Advice, Hiring

Resumania: Knowing How to Make Omelets is Not an “Accomplishment”

Posted by Accountemps on January 23, 2015 at 6:00 AM

2014-1334_AT_1114_IMG_Blog-JAN_NAM_ENG_JAN23Tons of people jump into the job market this time of year. Unfortunately, some of these individuals are being less than strategic about the “accomplishments” they list on their resumes. The bottom line is that, well, the bottom line matters. If you’re in the process of updating your resume, get a leg up on the competition by quantifying your contributions. Don’t focus on job duties performed; highlight results. For example, did you identify ways to streamline inefficiencies that saved your employer time and money?

Offering some concrete evidence of the value you can provide is one of the best ways to attract a hiring manager’s attention. These job seekers failed to impress:

Topics: Resumes, Resumania

Don’t Just Wing It: Preparing for Your First Business Trip

Posted by Accountemps on January 21, 2015 at 6:00 AM

first_business_tripMaybe your boss is traveling for a site visit or a client meeting and is taking you along. Or your company is sending you to an industry conference. Or a client wants a representative to visit them for a consultation — in your area of expertise. Whatever the reason, you’re about to take your first business trip and you’re excited about the opportunity.

As you prepare for a successful journey, be sure you keep these five business travel tips in mind:

Topics: Career Advice

How to Stop Procrastinating: 5 Tips You’ll Want to Follow Right Away

Posted by Accountemps on January 19, 2015 at 6:00 AM

how_to_stop_procrastinatingBe honest. Is there something else you should be doing right now? Are you procrastinating by reading an article about how to stop procrastinating?

Topics: Career Advice

Saving Face after Making Mistakes at Work

Posted by Tamara Stanley on January 16, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Accountemps_making_mistakes_at_workYou’re racing through your day trying to finalize next quarter’s forecast when you suddenly realize that the report you emailed out earlier has an error in column K, rendering your analysis way off the mark. You’re mortified and petrified that your mistake will cast a pall over your performance forever.

Don’t panic. Mistakes happen. There are times when we all wish we had double checked our figures, reread an email before hitting send, or removed our foot from our mouths before speaking.

Topics: Career Advice

If You Struck It Rich, Would You Keep Working or Take the Money and Run?

Posted by Abby Welch on January 14, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Accountemps-Financial_Windfall_InfographicAdmit it. You’ve daydreamed about winning the lottery, quitting your job and retiring to a tropical island. Seems pretty fantastic, right? Turns out, though, most people would continue working if they experienced a financial windfall.

According to an Accountemps survey, more than three-quarters (77 percent) of employees would continue to work in some capacity if they struck it rich. Of that group, 36 percent would choose to stay in their current job, while 41 percent would continue to work but look for a new type of job. Less than one-quarter (23 percent) of those surveyed said they would quit working altogether.

Topics: Retention, Infographic

How to Ask for a Raise (If You Don't Want to Get One)

Posted by Doug White on January 12, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Knowing how to ask for a raise is a valuable skill. Requesting a pay bump not only requires good timing, but also a deft touch and a sound argument. Before approaching your boss, review resources such as the 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half to better understand current compensation rates and trends.

The bumbling, tone-deaf employee featured in this funny video clearly had no idea how to ask for a raise.  

Topics: Career Advice, Salary Trends, Video

Employers, Here Are Answers to Your Burning Questions About Recruitment

Posted by Accountemps on January 9, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Recruitment_questionsRobert Half recently hosted a webinar on compensation and recruitment trends in accounting and finance, titled “What You Need to Know to Hire and Be Hired in the New Year: 2015 Financial Employment and Compensation Outlook.” It was one of our most popular webinars to date, and many participants submitted questions for our three panelists.

Unfortunately, our experts weren’t able to answer all of them in the time allotted. Rather than leave you hanging, we're going to provide responses over the course of a three-part blog series.  

Employers, your questions about recruitment and candidate evaluation are up first. Robert Half's senior executive director Paul McDonald, who moderated the webinar discussion, tackled these two interesting questions:

Topics: Events, Management Advice, Hiring, Webinar, Small Business

Brand You: How to Brand Yourself to Get the Job in 2015

Posted by Doug White on January 7, 2015 at 6:00 AM

personal_brandThe start of the year is a natural time to reflect upon your career. And if, like many, finding a new job is a top goal for 2015, it’s smart to give some significant thought to how you can set yourself apart from your competition.

Topics: Career Advice, Job Search

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