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The Most Annoying Buzzwords Revealed

Posted by Michael Weiss on Oct 1, 2014 3:27:17 PM

Robert-Half-Finance--Accounting-blog-buzzwordsAs accounting and finance professionals hone their communication skills, one trap they must watch out for is relying on buzzwords. Too often lacking meaning and failing to convey specific points, these terms can damage the most otherwise finely crafted presentation.

Topics: Accountemps, HR Managers, Communication, Communication Skills, Weird Al Yankovic

6 Lessons You Can Use to Help Internal Auditors Plan Their Careers

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Sep 29, 2014 5:27:40 PM

Robert-Half-Finance-webinar-internal-auditors-title-slideThe future is bright for internal auditors. Demand for their skills is high, and internal auditors are playing larger roles within their organizations. That’s the good news.

Here’s the bad news: Career development programs are getting left behind. Only 25 percent of employers polled for Towers Watson’s Talent Management and Rewards Survey said they have defined career paths in place for managers and staff-level workers. Without career advice and planning support, employees can feel disconnected, demotivated and more likely to jump ship.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Retention, Internal Auditor, Paul McDonald, Management Advice, The Institute of Internal Auditors, Auditing, Employee Retention, Professional Development, Leadership, Larry Harrington, Millennials, Staff Management

Yes, You Can Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

Posted by Kari Hulac on Sep 25, 2014 4:00:00 AM

publicspeakingA trend in finance and accounting career development these days centers on improving soft skills.

Put simply, even the best financial analysis can't have lasting impact if the analyst can't effectively communicate her findings to co-workers, other departments or the board.

A survey by Protiviti, a subsidiary of Robert Half, found that of all the soft skills that internal auditors need to improve, public speaking was ranked No. 1.

Topics: Communication, Soft Skills, Communication Skills, Public Speaking

Salary Spotlight: Compliance Officer

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Sep 23, 2014 1:33:00 PM


Compliance officers are in high demand, and with regulations constantly changing or being introduced, it’s likely the trend will continue. What does that mean for you? It means you can expect a generous salary in a variety of industries, from the legal field and healthcare to finance and accounting.

Topics: Salary Guide, 2014 Salary Guides, Salary Spotlight, Compliance Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

The Unsung Retention Tool: Career Path Discussions

Posted by Michael Weiss on Sep 22, 2014 11:24:00 AM

Robert-Half-Finance--Accounting-blog-career-path-discussionsAs companies place greater emphasis on hanging on to their top-performing accounting and finance professionals, there’s a highly valuable retention tool that’s free, easy-to-implement and available to every manager: career path discussions.

In an Accountemps survey, more than half of workers interviewed said knowing their potential career path was very important to their job satisfaction. Another 31 percent reported it was somewhat important. With more than eight in 10 workers wanting to know where the future leads, employers can’t afford to skip conversations to map out where employees are headed.

Topics: Robert Half, Monday Management Minute, Internal Auditor, Paul McDonald, Management Advice, Accountemps, The Institute of Internal Auditors, Career Development, Career Path, Employee Retention, Professional Development, Webinar, Workplace Management, Larry Harrington

7 Résumé Mistakes That Could Cost You Your Dream Job

Posted by Paul McDonald on Sep 18, 2014 10:45:00 AM

RHFA_Blog__How_to_score_your_dream_job_9.10Your résumé is your first formal introduction to potential employers. As such, it has to be flawless. If this calling card has even one or two résumé mistakes, hiring managers might not give your application a second glance — no matter how great your qualifications. Indeed, this was the finding of a recent Robert Half survey, where 63 percent of polled senior managers said they would no longer consider a candidate whose résumé contained one or two typos.

So how can you make sure your application doesn’t go speeding toward the circular file or delete key? Here are seven résumé mistakes to avoid, along with some career advice to help you stand out among the crowd and land you your dream job.

Topics: Career Advice, Paul McDonald, AICPA, Career Development, Resume Writing, Resume Writing Tips, Resume Mistakes, Career Insider

Office Humor: It’s Tax Time! Is Your TV a Business Expense?

Posted by Kari Hulac on Sep 17, 2014 4:22:00 PM

FAtc1As we head into the fourth quarter, preparing to meet tax season deadlines is a top-of-mind concern for many businesses.

Jan. 31, 2015, will be here before you know it, and that’s the deadline for businesses to send in 2013 W-2s and 1099s and turn in forms 941, 940 and 944 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Also mark your calendar for Feb. 28 and March 31 for paper and e-filing deadlines for W-2s and for 1099s.

State filing deadlines vary, but many fall on or around Feb. 28. Here’s a link to look up the tax deadlines for your state.

While we know it would be NICE if you could claim that fancy 70-inch plasma as a business expense, knowing what qualifies as such is something you might need expert help to determine.

The IRS says to qualify as a business expense the item in question must be “common and accepted in your trade or business” and “helpful and appropriate.”

Topics: Tax Season, Randy Glasbergen Cartoons, Office Humor

Salary Spotlight: Accounting Manager

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Sep 16, 2014 2:16:00 PM

RHFA_Blog_Accounting_Manager_9.2Maybe you’re a staff accountant looking to advance your career. Or perhaps you’re an experienced senior accountant interested in taking on a leadership role in your organization’s accounting department.

Regardless of where you’re coming from, you’ll find a job as an accounting manager to be highly rewarding — and the salary equally so, according to the 2014 Salary Guide from Robert Half. Read on to learn more about what it takes to become an accounting manager and what you can expect to earn. 

Topics: Salary Guide, 2014 Salary Guides, CPA, Accounting Manager, Staff Accountant, Accounting Employees, Salary Spotlight, Ledger Preparation, Intuit, QuickBooks, Financial Reporting

Recruiting Top Talent in a Challenging Market

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Sep 15, 2014 4:00:31 PM

RHFA_Blog_Recruiting_top_talent_in_a_challenging_market_9.15If you’ve tried finding skilled finance and accounting professionals lately, you may have been shocked at what you discovered: It is not as easy to locate candidates as you might have expected.

The job market is changing and it's often difficult for employers to find prospective hires with the requisite skills today. Recruiting top talent requires managers to think creatively and try new strategies.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Skilled Professionals, Alumni Networks, Recruiting Top Talent

4 Ways to Refresh Your Fall Work Wardrobe

Posted by Kari Hulac on Sep 11, 2014 9:06:00 AM

FA_0914_IMG_Blog_Businessman_NAM_ENGIt’s one thing to watch a Paris fall fashion show and quite another to know how to translate all that couture into anything remotely appropriate for a professional finance and accounting office.

But dressing for success doesn’t mean you cannot incorporate current trends into your work wardrobe. In fact, I’d argue that pulling a few of-the-moment looks into your usual line-up of suits and ties or blazers and skirts will make you look and feel more confident on the job.

1. Add some color.  While what this distinguished gentleman is wearing is completely appropriate for a job in finance, once he’s seated around a boardroom table, he might completely disappear into a sea of blue and grey pinstripe.

To freshen up this look for fall, just add a pop of autumn color on the tie. Try orange, gold or rust instead of the typical power red and pair it with a patterned pocket handkerchief in the same color family.

Another option that works for men or women who wear suits to work is to try a shirt in an unexpected trendy color. Pink pairs beautifully with blue or a very pale yellow or orange would complement it as well. If  you’re on the fashion challenged side, Pinterest is a great resource for getting fashion ideas. Check out our Robert Half Pinterest page or this men’s work fashion board . For women, hot colors this fall are silver, gray and electric blue. Get some inspiration from Ann Taylor.

Topics: What to Wear to Work, Workplace Attire, Work Wardrobe

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