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Top 10 Accounting and Finance Resume Mistakes

Posted by Doug White on July 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM

resume-mistakesFor decades, our company has been dispensing resume advice as well as collecting real-life resume bloopers. These goofs  dubbed "Resumania" by our founder Robert Half — offer laughs, but also serve as cautionary tales to job seekers of what not to do.

We recently went on an archeological dig into the Resumania archives and unearthed a treasure trove of accounting-related resume mistakes. Here are our top 10 all-time favorites:       

Topics: Resumes, Job Search

How Does Your Workforce Management Stack Up in the New Economy?

Posted by Accountemps on July 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Benchmark_Temporary_StaffWorkforce management is a quadruple play. You need to hire the right employee who has the right skills for the right job at the right time. That’s a lot of rights, right? And it’s why you don’t want to get it wrong. Additionally, in a market that’s heating up, skilled workers are in high demand, which means you’ve got to compete with other organizations for the best candidates. Are you ready?  

One of the findings of the 2014 Benchmarking the Accounting and Finance Function report released by Robert Half and Financial Executives International (FEI) is that survey respondents are using more interim and contract workers to maintain flexible staffing options. (The report provides benchmarking data based on input from nearly 1,600 finance and accounting executives at public and private organizations in the United States and Canada.) Here are some highlights from the Workforce Management portion of the report that can help you align appropriate staffing levels with high productivity and quality service, while keeping personnel costs in check.

Topics: Management Advice, Temporary Work

Cover Letter FAQ

Posted by Doug White on July 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Cover_lettersMany job seekers mistakenly believe that the cover letter has gone the way of typewriters and 8-track tapes. This couldn't be further from the truth. Far from a relic of the past, the often-overlooked cover letter remains a key self-promotional tool for accounting professionals — especially in a competitive job market. The following answers to common cover letter questions will help you win over prospective employers and convince them to call you for interviews:

Q: It's 2014. Between my resume and LinkedIn profile, isn't that enough? Is writing a cover letter really that helpful?

Topics: Cover Letter, Job Search

Competition in the Workplace: How to Play So the Entire Team Wins

Posted by Accountemps on July 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

coworker-competitionIf you’re wondering if some of your coworkers are friends or rivals, you’re right to question. Nearly half of all managers polled in a Robert Half survey said coworker competition has increased in the past decade. While office rivalries can be beneficial by pushing employees to expand their horizons and work harder, smarter and more creatively, competition can also cause conflict, which can sink morale, damage productivity levels and breed ill will.

Here are some common workplace scenarios you might encounter — and tips for making sure the competition remains healthy:

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice

Salary Spotlight: Accounting Clerk

Posted by Accountemps on July 18, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Accounting_Clerk_7-18Accounting clerks never go out of style. Large businesses, small firms, government agencies and nonprofits all need accounting clerks with experience, soft skills and an eye for detail. And because the demand for entry-level accounting jobs has strengthened, newly minted accounting professionals can be optimistic about finding the perfect fit. Here’s what you need to know about the accounting clerk salary, duties, expectations and skills.

Duties and Expectations

Topics: Salary Trends, Job Search

Productivity Bite: Healthy Snacks for Work Stamina

Posted by Tamara Stanley on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Providing_snacks_at_workTHUD. Did you hear that? That was the sound of your employees hitting a wall, when their energy drops off and they... just... can't... think... any...more.

Employees not thinking isn't very good for business. We've served up a number of tips about how to keep productivity at optimal levels on this blog: here, here and here. Want to know another way to help keep your team firing on all cylinders? Provide them with healthy snacks for work stamina.

Topics: Office Culture

Branding Yourself: 6 Tips for Professional Success

Posted by Accountemps on July 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Steps_to_branding_for_professional_successBrands aren’t just for products anymore. Thanks to social media, online forums and blogs, just about anyone can create his or her own personal brand. If less-than-talented reality show participants can go on to become household names, then you can surely build your own brand for professional success.

Regardless of where you are in your accounting career, you have a story to tell and talent to share. Make sure your brand reflects that with these six tips:

Topics: Career Advice

To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

Posted by Abby Welch on July 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Leadtail_social_insightsAre you on Twitter? If not, you might want to reconsider and learn how to tweet. Twitter isn’t just for those kicking off their careers. In fact, social media use is on the rise even among the most senior professionals. According to research from Leadtail, a social media insights firm, senior financial executives are active on Twitter – both professionally and personally. They tweet about everything from leadership and innovation to sports and local events.

You might be asking yourself, “What’s in it for me? Is it worth my time?” The truth is joining these influentials on Twitter and other social networks is a good career move. On Twitter, you can:

Topics: Social Media

Micromanaged to the Max

Posted by Doug White on July 9, 2014 at 6:06 AM

A majority of employees (59 percent) say they've worked for a micromanager, according to a new Accountemps survey. The poll also found that managerial meddling has a negative impact on most workers. Of those who felt they'd been micromanaged, 68 percent said it decreased their morale and 55 percent said it hurt their productivity. 

Lead an accounting team? Check out this amusing video from our parent company about how not to coach your players:

 

Topics: Video, Management Advice

5 Common Email Issues and How to Solve Them

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

Email_issues-1From the CEO to the entry-level new hire, we all struggle to manage our inbox — and it’s only getting worse. According to one study, we already send and receive 121 business emails every day on average, a number set to rise to 140 by 2018. That’s a lot to read — and leaves plenty of room for miscommunication.

Tone, nuance and intent can be hard to convey over email. Perhaps that’s why over half the CIOs in a survey by our company reported an increase in workplace etiquette breaches. What defines appropriate behavior in the digital age is evolving, but good manners will always be in fashion.

Topics: Career Advice, Technology & Tools

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