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Job Interview Attire: Looks That Kill (Your Chances)

Posted by Doug White on August 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

How_to_Dress_for_a_Job_Interview_-_Aug22Fair or not, first impressions are largely based on appearances. And in a recent CareerBuilder survey, 53 percent of employers said dressing inappropriately is the most detrimental mistake job candidates make in interviews.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

Small Company, Big Problem: How to Manage Toxic Employees

Posted by Accountemps on August 20, 2014 at 6:00 AM

toxic-employeesNegativity breeds more negativity. The actions of toxic employees have a detrimental effect on the entire workplace, and this is especially true in smaller organizations. The more intimate the workplace, the faster negative interpersonal issues can spread. Workplace conflicts and decreased office morale can disrupt productivity, alienate workers and have a catastrophic effect on your employee retention efforts.

Topics: Office Culture, Management Advice

It’s 3 p.m. Is Your Morality at Work Suffering?

Posted by Abby Welch on August 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Morality_at_work_CartoonI recently came across a study that found workers behave less ethically in the afternoon. The directors of the study said the “psychological depletion” people experience later in the day is to blame for their diminished morality at work. According to the study, stress, fatigue and repetitive tasks play a critical role in a person’s ability to make ethical decisions. Do you agree?

If you believe the study’s claims hold water, here are some pointers for maximizing your ethics at work:

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice, Humor

Employee Turnover Strategies: 4 Steps to Take When a Top Performer Leaves

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

Employee_Turnover_Strategies_4_Steps_to_Take_When_a_Top_Performer_Leaves_-_Aug15You just found out one of your best employees is resigning. Join the club. Perhaps a sign of an improved economy, more people are pursuing greener pastures. In fact, more than 2.5 million American workers quit their jobs in May 2014, when the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey was released. True, your former employee will be a mere statistic in a BLS report, but make no mistake: watching a star walk out the door is bad news.

So, what should you do next? Here are four steps to take when a top-performing employee leaves:

Topics: Management Advice

Business Etiquette 101: Don't Clip Your Toenails in the Office

Posted by Doug White on August 13, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Business etiquette matters in the workplace. A lot. In fact, 85 percent of workers say being courteous to colleagues has an impact on a person’s career prospects, according to a recent Accountemps survey.

Here's an amusing video that should serve as a cautionary tale of how not to behave in an office environment:

 

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice, Video

5 Tips for Presentations that Inform and Persuade

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

Presentation_skills_-_focus_on_public_speaking_-_Aug11Today’s accounting and finance professionals are taking on more strategic roles in their organizations and interacting more frequently with other departments. As a result, strong presentation skills are more critical than ever. It’s crucial that you know how to present compelling points, package information and explain technical information to non-financial stakeholders.

Simply knowing how to use presentation tools such as PowerPoint and Keynote isn’t enough; you need finely tuned public speaking skills as well. Here are five practical tips for boosting your presentation skills:

Topics: Career Advice, Skills Development

Think Big to Sell Small: Developing a Small Business Recruitment Strategy

Posted by Accountemps on August 8, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Small_Business_Recruitment_Strategies_-_Aug8For small businesses, recruiting and hiring the best accounting and finance professionals is complicated by competition with bigger and more easily recognizable organizations with deeper pockets. However, by planning and putting together a comprehensive recruitment strategy, you can put your organization’s best foot forward and attract top talent.

Build an effective recruitment strategy for your small business by following these tips:

Topics: Hiring, Small Business

Top 5 Workplace Etiquette Breaches in an Open Office Space [Infographic]

Posted by Abby Welch on August 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Accountemps_Workplace_Etiquette_SpeakerphoneIf you work in an open office space and want to stay on good terms with colleagues, consider keeping your phone calls private. In an Accountemps survey, employees were asked to name the biggest breach of workplace etiquette. Using a speakerphone or talking loudly on the phone topped the list (36 percent); loitering or talking around a colleague’s desk ranked second (23 percent).

Do you commit any of these work etiquette offenses? Better shape up or your career could suffer. More than eight in 10 survey respondents said being courteous to coworkers has an impact on a person’s career prospects. However, 70 percent of workers believe people become less courteous as they climb the corporate ladder. Do you agree or disagree?

Check out the full survey findings in the infographic and slideshow below. 

Topics: Career Advice, Infographic

Find the Perfect Fit: Interviewing Tips for New Managers

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

Interviewing-tipsThe job interview is essential in determining if an accounting applicant is the right fit for your organization. But these meetings require significant planning and skill. And they can be nerve-wracking experiences for both parties. If you’re new to conducting interviews, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Check the facts. Prior to each interview, closely review the resume and cover letter to develop a list of questions about the candidate’s work history and experience. Take a careful look at job titles and responsibilities and make a note of any ambiguities you want clarified. Also, be on the lookout for any gaps in employment history that require further explanation.

Topics: Interviewing, Hiring

Soft Skills Spotlight: Active Listening

Posted by Accountemps on July 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Soft_skill_spotlight_-_active_listening“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more and talk less,” said the Greek philosopher Diogenes. Wise advice for accounting and finance professionals. Active listening is a cornerstone of good communication and an important soft skill for accountants.

You need to communicate effectively with both clients and colleagues. Active listeners send verbal and nonverbal signals to show that they’re paying close attention. If you’re a job seeker, take note: Active listening is also something employers look for during interviews. In a recent Accountemps survey, CFOs named communication as one of the top five non-accounting skills in demand for accounting and finance professionals.  

Topics: Career Advice, Skills Development

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