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5 Surprising Facts About the Accounting Profession

Posted by Abby Welch on October 28, 2014 at 5:30 AM

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Did you know there’s an actual day devoted to celebrating accounting professionals? No joke! International Accounting Day takes place annually on November 10. We don’t fault you for being unaware of its existence, since we just learned about it ourselves. But, hey, we’ll take any opportunity to shine the light on accountants and honor their contributions.

To celebrate this auspicious occasion, Accountemps has compiled five surprising facts about the accounting profession. For instance, while Mick Jagger may be known for his musical achievements and stage acrobatics, did you know he could also rock a spreadsheet?

Topics: Industry News, Events, Infographic, Humor

Spooky, Kooky, Crazy Coworkers. Go to the Office At Your Peril.

Posted by Tamara Stanley on October 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

how-to-handle-difficult-coworkers-oct27It's close to lunch time and something evil's lurking in the hall. Over the cube wall you see a sight that stops your phone call. You try to focus, but anger takes over so you fake it. You start to daydream as crazy coworkers look you right between the eyes. You're paralyzed...

Scary, crazy coworkers are most definitely not a thrill. Haunting offices year-round, these negative forces exhibit bad attitudes and behaviors, dragging the rest of us into doldrums. True villains, they often don disguises. But have no fear, here's a guide to help see underneath their masks.

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice

5 Mistakes that Can Jeopardize a Job Offer

Posted by Doug White on October 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

How-to-avoid-screwing-up-Aug24You’ve worked tirelessly to find a new accounting job. After sending resume after resume, attending a zillion networking functions and spending countless hours scouring online job boards, you’ve received an employment offer. Congratulations!

Now, be really, really careful.

Topics: Career Advice, Job Search

Salary Negotiation Gone Wrong

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

Negotiating compensation with a prospective employer? It pays to know the average starting salary for the accounting or finance role you're being offered. Check out Robert Half's newly released 2015 Salary Guide to do just that. The guide features salary data for more than 375 positions. Sadly, the job candidate in this video clearly did not do his homework.

Topics: Video

2015 Salary Guide: Key Hiring Trends Revealed

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

salary-guide-hiring-trends-oct20Whether you’re searching for a new position or looking to add staff, you’ll find a wealth of useful information about accounting and finance hiring trends in Robert Half’s recently released 2015 Salary Guide.

Topics: Industry News, Salary Trends

In It to Win It: The Do’s and Don’ts of Office Politics

Posted by Accountemps on October 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

office-politics-oct17You’ve seen it play out countless times: a politician runs a fantastic campaign, steadily building a strong base of support. But before Election Day arrives, he or she slips up by showing poor judgment or making an embarrassing gaffe, which results in a nosedive in the polls. There are parallels to office politics in the workplace.

Understanding how to navigate political waters can help you advance your career, but just one wrong move can result in a huge setback.

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice

Are You Ready for the New Affordable Care Act Tax Forms?

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

affordable-care-actAs you likely know, the clock is ticking for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations to kick in. For accounting and finance professionals, this brings an onslaught of considerations and ramifications for how you work today, and how you will work in 2015 and beyond.

Our sister blog for Robert Half Finance & Accounting offers this overview of the impact of the ACA on the industry, a primer on new tax information, reporting, credits for small businesses, and medical billing.

Topics: Management Advice, Small Business

Celebrate National Boss Day With These Words of Managerial Wisdom

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

national-boss-day-oct15In honor of National Boss Day (October 16), members of the Accountemps team felt it was an appropriate time to reflect on some of the most impactful words of wisdom we’ve ever received from a manager. We believe you’ll appreciate these pithy nuggets of advice as well:

Topics: Career Advice, Events

Smile for the Camera: 5 Essential Tips to Ace a Video Interview

Posted by Accountemps on October 13, 2014 at 6:00 AM

video-interview-tips-oct13As the accounting and finance industry becomes increasingly global, it makes sense that employers are conducting more and more video interviews with job candidates. While meeting your potential boss on camera is more personal than talking on the phone, it’s still not the same as shaking hands in person.

Video interviews come with a unique set of challenges that require special preparation. Here are five video interview tips that may help you land your next job:

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

2015 Salary Guide Snapshot: 10 In-Demand Accounting and Finance Positions

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

salary-guide-positions-in-demand-Oct8The past few years have been positive for accounting and finance professionals, with steady increases in the demand for talent. The trend is set to continue with accounting salaries expected to rise an average of 3.5 percent, according to Robert Half's newly released 2015 Salary Guide.

Topics: Salary Trends

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