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A Two-Minute Test for Your Resume: Writing Tips Any Accounting and Finance Professional Can Use

Posted by Sairica Rose on Apr 23, 2014 11:56:00 AM

two-minute-test_pngYou’ve set your sights on landing a new accounting or finance job, perused the different roles and found a position that tickles your fancy. Now it’s time to whip your resume into shape.  

The fact that those crucial few pages can make or break your chances of being called for an interview is hardly a secret. How can you make sure you push your resume to the top of the hiring manager’s pile and not into the shredder?

Topics: Accountemps, Hiring Advice, How to Write a Resume, Resumania, Resume Writing, Hiring Managers, Resume Writing Tips

Salary Spotlight: Financial Analyst

Posted by Ursula Crawford on Apr 22, 2014 2:05:00 PM

Salary_Spotlight_Financial_AnalystCompanies rely on experienced financial analysts to support business growth by identifying trends in financial data and helping senior management make informed decisions. For that reason, financial analysts are in demand across many industries, and salaries for these professionals are on the rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), financial analyst jobs are expected to grow at a rate of 16 percent through 2022, faster than the average for all jobs. The BLS links this projected job growth to an increasing need for specialized knowledge.

Whether you have years of experience as a financial analyst or are just starting your career, here's some information to help guide you in your job search.

Topics: Salary Guide, 2014 Salary Guides, Financial Analyst, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, MBA, Salary Spotlight, Microsoft Excel, Chartered Financial Analyst, Enterprise Resource Planning

Monday Management Minute: Retaining Employees

Posted by Robert Sample on Apr 21, 2014 8:18:05 AM

RHFA_0414_IMG_Blog0414b_NAM_ENGYou know that employee turnover can be costly, and losing valuable workers is detrimental to productivity and even the ultimate success of your organization. But when it comes to investments in your company, employee satisfaction may not be the first item that comes to mind. It should, however, if you want to enjoy long-term profits and smooth operations. In this Monday Management Minute, we'll outline some tips for constructing an effective employee-retention strategy.

Topics: Salary Guide, Communication, Turnover, Mentoring, Work-Life Balance, Internal Advancement, Teamwork, Employee Retention

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

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