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Conducting a Group Interview? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

Posted by Mary McLain on Jan 26, 2015 11:10:17 AM

RHFA_Blog_Tips_for_conducting_a_group_interview_12.15In this competitive job market, hiring managers are likely to receive resumes from a many great candidates. And when you’ve got a desk full of stellar application packets, it can be difficult to narrow your selection down to the top 10 applicants, much less determine which candidate you’ll hire. A group interview can help you make your decision more quickly.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Management Advice, Common Interview Questions, Soft Skills, Job Interview, Group Interview, Mass Interview

On the Market? 5 Finance Jobs Employers Will Be Eager to Fill This Year

Posted by Mary McLain on Jan 22, 2015 10:08:58 AM

RHFA_0115_IMG_BlogJan14_NAM_ENGAre you on the market for a new finance or accounting position? The past few years have been fortuitous for finance and accounting professionals, and, according to the 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half, the coming year will be even better.

The steady surge in economic growth has prompted organizations to staff new finance jobs. However, employers are encountering one common challenge: There are fewer candidates in the talent pool than there are open positions. Nearly 7 in 10 (68 percent) employers polled for the Salary Guide said it was difficult to find skilled financial talent. For top-notch finance professionals on the lookout for a new position, this can’t be anything but good news.

But which finance jobs are employers especially eager to fill right now? Read on to learn more about five of the most in-demand positions — and why they’re currently so hot.

Topics: Salary Guide, Regulatory Mandates, Business Analyst, Financial Analyst, Staff Accountant, Controller, Employers, Finance Jobs, Senior Accountant, Compliance Professional, 2015 Salary Guide

Where Recruiting Is Most Difficult: The Top 5 Cities

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Jan 21, 2015 10:03:00 AM


800px-Ocean_drive_south_beach_miami_nightCFOs across the United States are reporting recruiting challenges, but what does it mean and which cities are feeling it most?

Robert Half recently released new research that reveals businesses are having a particularly hard time finding skilled professional-level job candidates, especially in these five cities:

Topics: Recruiting, Philadelphia, Miami, Ryan Skubis, Stephanie Naznitsky

Finance in ’15: A Look at Accounting Hiring Trends in the New Year

Posted by Paul McDonald on Jan 20, 2015 8:23:00 AM

RHFA_0115_IMG_Paul_McDonald_AICPAAs the economy recovers and businesses grow, 2015 is looking promising for accounting and finance professionals. Departments are expanding, bringing on more staff, which will help ease workloads and increase productivity.

Understanding the forces behind current accounting hiring trends is vital for employers and employees alike when it comes to making informed decisions. The 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half offers a comprehensive look at what you can expect in the new year. Here are some of the trends discussed in the guide:

Topics: Salary Guide, Affordable Care Act, Compliance, Hiring Trends, Financial Analyst, AICPA, Microsoft Excel, Salary Calculator, QuickBooks

Keeping Up with Regulatory Compliance: How Good a Job Is Your Company Doing?

Posted by Amanda Haskew on Jan 15, 2015 2:06:48 PM

compliance_RHFA_benchmarking_report_finance_functionAccording to the Benchmarking the Accounting and Finance Function report, produced annually by Robert Half and the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), an overwhelming majority of executives 99 percent in the U.S. and 96 percent in Canada believe their compliance burden will increase or remain steady over time.

Why and how is the burden of regulatory compliance growing, and how can you make sure your company is prepared to meet these demands?

Topics: CFO, Affordable Care Act, Compliance, Benchmarking the Finance Function, CFOs, FASB, Dodd-Frank Act, Benchmarking the Accounting & Finance Function, FERF, Sarbanes-Oxley, Regulation

Pin Down Your Next Opportunity: How to Use Pinterest in Your Job Search

Posted by James Ranson on Jan 14, 2015 3:39:15 PM

RHFA_Blog_how_to_use_pintrest_in_your_job_search_nov_19Social media platforms are growing and multiplying. There’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Ello, Google+ — and new ones are cropping up all the time. The question is, when you’re starting a job search, how do you know which platforms to use?

Having a LinkedIn profile and a professional Facebook page is a great start, but here’s a new piece of job-search advice: Try using the online pinboard website Pinterest, too. We’re using it at Robert Half Finance & Accounting. This platform has grown explosively over the past few years, and its social media model is fresh enough to offer unique job-seeking options.

Topics: AICPA, LinkedIn, Social Media, Interview Attire, Job Search Tips, Pinterest, Job Search Advice

Writing a Finance Manager Job Description That Brings the Right Talent

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Jan 12, 2015 1:33:00 PM

RHFA_0115_IMG_BlogJan12_NAM_ENGAs an employer, you’re familiar with the potential negative impact and cost of a bad hire. Writing excellent finance job descriptions is the key to making great hires – and when it comes to a new finance manager, you want to attract top talent. Here are three tips on writing a finance manager job description that sings, so you can reel in the best catch for your organization.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Certifications, Bad Hire, Finance Job Descriptions, Finance Manager

How to Make the Most of a Video Interview

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Jan 8, 2015 2:00:00 PM

RHFA_Blog_tips_for_successful_video_interview_nov_11Managers are increasingly tapping into video conferencing technology such as Skype as they navigate the hiring process. Reflecting this trend is a recent Robert Half survey, in which more than six in 10 human resources managers polled said they conduct employee interviews via video.

While there’s no real replacement for meeting a candidate in person, video interviews offer several advantages. Zoom in on the benefits of video interviews below – and how you can make the most of them.

Topics: Hiring Advice, Interview Tips, Video Interview, Interview Attire, Interview Preparation, Skype

Working Remote: Commuting Down the Hallway

Posted by Lisa Fulmer on Jan 7, 2015 3:11:47 PM

RH_1114_MSC_RHLogoInComic2_NAM_ENGThere’s a new joint study from Stanford University and Bejing University that suggests companies can see a significant jump in productivity from employees who have the option of working from home.

Fortune.com summarized a few lessons these researchers learned about staff behavior and performance expectations.

But cartoonist Randy Glasbergen took it one step further with his take on working from home -- on the weekends. 

Topics: Workplace Productivity, Work-Life Balance, Performance Review, Leadership, Randy Glasbergen Cartoons, Office Humor, Randy Glasbergen, Cartoons, Leadership Advice, Bejing University, Stanford University

Looking to Hire a Staff Accountant? Start With the Job Description

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Jan 5, 2015 11:17:03 AM

RHFA_0105_Blog_13things_shutterstock_236963239“That’s not in my job description!” Has an employee ever said this to you?

To most employers, this sounds like an employee not willing to go the extra mile. Even so, an accurate job description does help your team members more clearly understand the specifics of what they’re expected to do — and it’s especially crucial when you set out to hire a new staff accountant.

Topics: CPA, Staff Accountant, Communication, Communication Skills, Job Description, Internships, How to Staff, Bachelor's Degree

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