If you’re feeling overwhelmed by year-end financial reporting requirements and tax season deadlines, the least Robert Half Finance & Accounting can do is offer you a humorous take on the holidays from how a staff accountant might see things.
Our Randy Glasbergen cartoons always manage to see the lighter side of the job challenges facing folks in the accounting and finance industry.
Randy Glasbergen Cartoons,
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Hopefully, you’ll have plenty to be thankful for, from family and friends to great food and hours of football. But as you look ahead to a long weekend and full plates, don’t forget to thank your staff at work.
Monday Management Minute,
Harvard Business School,
You’ve found a position you’d like, but you can tell by the job description that you’re overqualified. Before you apply for a job that doesn't require your full experience and qualifications, make sure you’re clear about what you want out of your next position and in your career overall.
Once you’re certain that you want to pursue a position you’re overqualified for, bear in mind the following so you can land it:
In life, very few things are all or nothing. There's a big wide gray area in between. So just because you don't possess every single one of the qualifications and requirements in a job posting doesn't mean you're not the right (wo)man for the job.
If you’ve been eyeing your dream job description and think you’re underqualified, you might want to think again. This time, take some hiring advice from Old Blue Eyes himself. Here are four ways Frank Sinatra's "Accentuate the Positive" just might help you overcome your under-qualification:
It’s supposed to be a merry time of year, but many finance and accounting managers are thinking, “Bah humbug,” thanks to heavy year-end and tax season workloads and pressure to craft business plans for 2015.
In an online survey by Robert Half Finance & Accounting, finance and accounting department decision makers said this time of year is “very challenging” when it comes to ensuring their finance and accounting departments are adequately staffed to meet seasonal deadlines.
Monday Management Minute,
How to Hire,
Bradshaw, Gordon & Clinkscales
“Ask,” the old saying goes, “and ye shall receive.” Sounds simple enough, but when it comes to requesting a higher salary from your employer, it can get tricky. How should accounting and finance professionals ask for a raise?
The holiday season is fast approaching. Employees everywhere are looking forward to work slow-downs, vacations, family time, holiday bonuses and perhaps some much-needed peace and quiet. But while workers are winding down, hiring trends are heating up.
If you’re in the market for a new job, year-end hiring might just be your best friend. Richard Singer, Robert Half’s Director of Permanent Placement Services, who is based in New Jersey, has four important job-search tips to help job seekers capitalize on year-end hiring trends:
Job Search Tips,
How to Find a Job at the End of the Year
Sure, everyone has rotten days at work, but what should you do when the bad days feel like they outnumber the good? Many accounting professionals may feel safer about moving on from an unhappy work situation because the demand for skilled financial talent is on the rise. But if you’re going to abandon ship, you don’t want to sink; you want to swim. So if you feel like it’s time to quit your job, ask yourself these questions before you give two weeks’ notice:
Quit Your Job,
Two Weeks Notice
Most businesses can’t survive without a trusted accounting team. Even the FBI employs more than 2,000 accounting special agents. In fact, accounting really is a rock-star profession. Just ask Mick Jagger or Robert Plant, both of whom studied accounting before their music careers took off.
From your staff accountant to your senior accountant, these folks keep the books balanced and taxes filed. It’s worth taking a moment on this auspicious day to learn some surprising facts about accountants and give thanks to them appropriately.
International Accountant’s Day,
International Accounting Day,
Your resume is well-stocked with work achievements, and your interview skills finely tuned. But the finance and accounting job market is so competitive, your references may just be the finishing touch that tips the scale toward landing you a job offer — or not. So choose them wisely.
Here’s a 3-point strategy to make sure your references are the right ones: