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6 Unlikely Skills for Accounting and Finance Professionals

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Apr 18, 2014 9:57:00 AM

RHFA_0414_IMG_Unlikely_SkillsAn increasingly global market and the continuing rise of social media are just a few factors changing the scope of the accounting and finance professions. While employers still place high value on education and experience in areas such as auditing and compliance, they’re increasingly seeking candidates who can bring something additional to the table.

To set yourself apart in the finance and accounting marketplace, consider adding a few of these unlikely skills to your toolbox.

Topics: Accounting and Finance, Compliance, Accountemps, Communication, Soft Skills, CFOs, Auditing

Four Weeks to Fill an Open Finance Position = Too Long

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Apr 17, 2014 10:56:00 AM

RHFA_0414_GRAPH_TimeToHireHow much does a month of lost work cost companies in productivity, business opportunities, morale and revenue? Many hiring managers may be finding out the hard way, research suggests.

According to new survey results published today from Robert Half Finance & Accounting, it takes an average of four weeks to fill open staff-level accounting and finance jobs and five weeks for management-level positions.

But hiring managers need to move fast not only because it can be challenging to be short-staffed during that stretch, but because top candidates are often snapped off the market in less than 30 days.

The research highlights, published in a press release titled The Longest Month: Robert Half Survey Finds It Takes CFOs Average of Four to Five Weeks to Fill Finance Positions, looks at why having a pipeline of potential candidates in the hopper can speed up the process and get the right person for the job started sooner. The full press release is posted below: 

Topics: Hiring Trends, Paul McDonald, Hiring Process, Hiring Employees, Hiring Advice, CFOs

5 Healthy Work Snacks to Fuel the Finance Brain

Posted by Sairica Rose on Apr 16, 2014 11:23:00 AM

RHFA_0414_IMG_Blog_Beets_Nutrition_Healthy_Work_SnacksBeing a busy finance professional demands brainpower, concentration and a razor-sharp memory. No one secret recipe will keep your neurons in top form 24/7, but certain foods can fuel your brain and keep work-related stress and fatigue at bay.

A healthy snack may help you work faster and smarter as well as lift your mood. Read on for recommendations on super foods that will rev up your mind and boost your work power.

1. Beet this

Beets improve blood flow by carrying vital oxygen and nutrients to the brain. According to Joy Bauer, author of Food Cures, “A brain filled with well-nourished neurons enables you to think and remember more clearly.”

What’s more, these earthy purple delights can help keep blood pressure in check — curbing stress and anxiety and preventing cognitive decline. While it may not be practical (nor especially tasty) to keep a bunch of root veggies in your desk drawer, try making a beet salad for lunch or blending beets into a healthy smoothie.

Topics: Finance Professionals, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Tufts University, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Super Foods, Healthy Work Snacks

Monday Management Minute: Addressing a Candidate's Resume Gap

Posted by Jenny Neill on Apr 14, 2014 10:25:00 AM

Mind_the_gap_imageThe majority of chief financial officers find it challenging to recruit skilled candidates for professional-level positions, according to a recent Robert Half survey. That’s why it's more important than ever for a hiring manager to be efficient when filling in-demand accounting and finance jobs. Considering the cost of a bad hire, it's critical to carefully evaluate each application. But what happens if your top pick has a resume gap?

In this week’s Monday Management Minute, we’ll take a look at assessing an applicant with an atypical professional history. 

What is a resume gap?

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Financial Analyst, Controller, Soft Skills, Resume Gap, Cost of a Bad Hire

Target Topics: A Biweekly Recap of Finance and Accounting News

Posted by Lisa Fulmer on Apr 11, 2014 3:45:11 PM

When you’re not head-down in the numbers, managing finance and accounting initiatives, you’re dealing with people. People you manage, people who manage you, coworkers and colleagues. Here are some recent articles about leadership and communication that might help make it easier to shift from numbers to names.RHFA_1013_IMG_BlogLibraryNovDec_NAM_ENG_19

Topics: Accounting and Finance, Finance and Accounting, Internal Auditor, The Institute of Internal Auditors, Finance and Accounting News, Target Topics, IIA

7 Interview Etiquette Blunders to Avoid

Posted by Michael Weiss on Apr 11, 2014 9:43:00 AM

Robert-Half-Finance--Accounting-blog-interview-bloopersA recent survey of chief financial officers from our company found the interview is where job seekers make the most mistakes. And it appears to be a growing problem: Compared to 2010, the percentage of CFOs who cited the interview as the area with the highest level of missteps jumped 11 points, further distancing it from other aspects of the application process, including the resume.


No doubt about it, meetings with hiring managers can rattle the nerves of even the most polished accounting and finance professionals and lead to bloopers, but one way job candidates can ensure a successful discussion is minding their P’s and Q’s. Avoid the following etiquette breaches to make a positive impression with employers.

Topics: Career Advice, Interview Tips, Common Interview Questions, Interviewing, Michael Scott, The Office, Robert Hosking

Supercharge Your Workday: Don't Turn Your Tuesday Into Friday

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Apr 8, 2014 10:55:43 AM

productive_workdayWhile Friday may be one of the most anticipated days of the workweek, it may not be the best day to get things done. Productivity surveys from our sister division Accountemps go back to 1987 and have repeatedly found that, for most people, Friday is the worst day to tackle tough projects. On the other hand, Tuesday has for many years been the reigning champion when it comes to the most productive day of the week.

Topics: Career Advice, Accountemps, Tax Season, Workplace Productivity, Friday, Work-Life Balance, Tuesday, Multitasking

Hiring a Financial Analyst? Interview Tips You Can’t Ignore

Posted by Jenny Neill on Apr 7, 2014 2:15:00 PM

financial_analyst_interview_questionsShortlisted job candidates are not the only ones who need to prep for a financial analyst interview. In this weekly installment of Monday Management Minute, we'll examine how hiring managers should and can prepare as well. 

In addition to following interview best practices, hiring managers also need to prepare a set of questions that adequately assess whether the applicant has the financial planning, accounting and critical thinking skills required to become a successful contributor to the team. Here are a few areas you’ll want to ask your candidates about, and some sample questions to get you started. 

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Financial Analyst, Hiring Advice, Interview Tips

The Accounting and Finance Employment Market: How Long Do In-Demand Candidates Stay There? (Part 2)

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Apr 2, 2014 10:00:00 AM

RHFA_0314_IMG_Blog-0401_NAM_ENG_Steve_KenneyThis marks the second in a two-part interview with Robert Half Regional Vice President Steve Kenney, based in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area, on the shelf life of a skilled accounting and finance professional. Here is the first part of the interview.

The following Q&A has been edited for clarity and length:

Q: What criteria should companies use when recruiting for a new position, especially one where the specialty is in high demand?

A: More and more companies are, in effect, almost setting two bars – a technical and cultural fit bar. The technical bar is typically lower. Companies are focusing more on soft skills and cultural fit. If you can find someone you’re excited to work with 50 hours a week, the technical aspects can often be taught once the chair is filled.

Topics: Hiring Trends, Accounting Professionals, Hiring Process, Soft Skills, Networking, Steve Kenney

We Interrupt Your April Fools’ Day for a Little Office Humor

Posted by Kim Christman on Apr 1, 2014 8:03:00 AM

With tax season in full swing, only an April Fool would think this month is a joke for professionals in accounting and finance jobs. But on April Fools’ Day, we invite you to take a break and share a little accounting-based office humor. 

The stereotype of an accountant is well known: industrious, detail-oriented, smart and concerned with every last penny. Whether you fit the label, you’re sure to enjoy these cartoons poking fun at coworkers we’ve all experienced in one way or another.

Try not to laugh out loud — you don’t want to disturb the guy mired in spreadsheets next you — as you savor the accounting humor:

Topics: Accountemps, Tax Season, Tax Season 2014, Humor, Accounting Employees, April Fools’ Day, Kim Christman

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