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The Human Factor in M&A Success

Posted by Jim Ryan on Aug 26, 2014 1:51:05 PM


Jim Ryan is the Global Leader – Mergers and Acquisitions for Protiviti, a subsidiary of Robert Half. Protiviti is a global consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit.

On paper, mergers and acquisitions hold so much allure: Access to new markets, cost savings, opportunities to deliver new products and services.

But as countless studies have shown, many fail to live up to expectations. Though the reasons for failure are legion, one common mistake is underestimating the vital role human capital plays in every facet of the complex undertaking - before, during and after.

Perhaps most importantly, key stakeholders need to grasp this tenet: Assembling the right people to lead the planning and execution of integration is tantamount to ensuring that the right people remain with the organization once the deal is done.

5 Misconceptions About Recruiting Accounting Employees

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Aug 25, 2014 3:22:56 PM

hiring_buttonAlthough many companies and accounting firms have virtual "Now Hiring" signs posted on their websites, the best job candidates aren’t banging down their proverbial doors for every position. Demand for skilled accountants is continuing to rise. In this instance, good things aren't likely to come to those who wait.

Here are five common misconceptions hiring managers often have when searching for talented accounting and finance professionals to fill their open positions:

Topics: 2014 Salary Guides, Monday Management Minute, Soft Skills, Hiring Managers, Salary Negotiation, Now Hiring

Delicate Matters: How to Ask for Additional Training at Work

Posted by Kim Christman on Aug 20, 2014 3:50:00 PM

RHFA_Blog_How_to_Ask_for_Additional_Accounting_Training_at_Work_8.20Successful financial professionals know that well-developed soft skills are as important as technical skills to their career advancement. Thirty percent of CFOs polled in a recent Robert Half survey said poor interpersonal skills were the most common reason for an employee's failure to advance in the company. However, only 19 percent of CFOs said they would invest in nontechnical skills training for employees. So if you want to improve your soft skills, you may need to make your own training plan.

But if you'd like to sharpen some hard skills, how do you ask for relevant accounting training? The tips below will help you develop a plan for speaking with your boss about continuing professional education.

Salary Spotlight: Cost Accountant

Posted by Kim Christman on Aug 19, 2014 3:18:40 PM

RHFA_Blog_Cost_Accountant_8.5Organizations employ cost accountants to estimate the time, materials, cost and labor associated with products or services. Generally, cost accountants specialize in a particular industry or type of product. They work closely with management in most companies to determine opportunities for the business to maximize profit and minimize waste.

As organizations in all industries become increasingly conscious of ways to control costs, skilled cost accountant candidates are even more in demand. 

Topics: 2014 Salary Guides, Salary Spotlight, Salary Calculator, Cost Accountant Duties, Cost Accountant, Cost Accountant Interview Questions, Cost Accountant Jobs, Cost Accountant Job Description

5 Things You Need to Stop Doing When Conducting Job Interviews

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Aug 18, 2014 11:21:37 AM

Hiring_Job_Interviews_5_ThingsJob candidates aren't the only ones who need to work on their interview skills. As a hiring manager, you also need to be cognizant of your interviewing skills — and etiquette.

Before you meet with your next round of candidates, make sure you aren't making these five major interviewing mistakes:

Topics: Hiring Trends, Monday Management Minute, Hiring Process, Hiring Advice, Interview Tips, Hiring Managers, Interview Techniques, Job Interview

Quick Tips for Racking Up CPE Finance Credits

Posted by Kim Christman on Aug 14, 2014 10:05:57 AM

August_Tips_for_Raking_up_CPE_Credit_RHFAContinuing professional education (CPE) credits encourage accounting and finance professionals to stay active in the financial community and keep up with new developments in the industry. Whether you are trying to boost your marketability as a job candidate or need a few more CPE finance hours to meet your yearly requirements, you could probably use some quality sources for CPE credits. It’s even better when these resources offer free CPE courses.

But where is the best place to start your quest for quality training? Here are a few tips for racking up your CPE credit.

Topics: Free CPE, Continuing Education, Professional Development, Continuing Professional Education, CPE Accounting, NASBA, CPE Finance, CPE

Salary Spotlight: Senior Accountant

Posted by Stacy Dyer on Aug 13, 2014 11:41:00 AM

RHFA_0514_IMG_500x333_BlogMay527-63_6-3_NAM_ENGThe U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that demand for accountants and auditors is projected to grow 13 percent by the year 2022, and the unemployment rate for these professionals is 2.8 percent. 

Senior accountants are in demand as employers seek to upgrade and expand their operations and add to core managerial accounting roles after years of staffing freezes and cutbacks. Job seekers for this role should possess solid communication, technology, organizational and analytical skills.

Topics: Salary Center, Salary Guide, 2014 Salary Guides, Staff Accountant, Salary Spotlight, Salary Calculator, Senior Staff Accountant, Senior Accountant Salary

Creating Job Descriptions That Don't Lie

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Aug 11, 2014 11:21:38 AM

we_are_hiring_crafting_compelling_job_descriptionsAlthough creating an accountant job description is an important part of your role as a hiring manager, the task is often not given the attention it deserves.

Creating an accurate portrayal of the responsibilities potential and current employees will undertake is essential for having your staff perform efficiently. With a clear job description, your team can fully understand what is expected of them. These descriptions are also beneficial for conducting performance reviews and salary negotiations, as they provide a checklist of the duties your employees should be able to complete and possibly a timeline for when certain skills need to be mastered.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Hiring Managers, Salary Negotiation, Performance Review, Career Progression, Job Title, Annual Review, Goal Setting, Job Description

Office Humor: A New Way to Measure Innovation?

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Aug 7, 2014 4:00:00 AM

FAoutofboxOnly someone in finance and accounting could put a number on innovative thinking.

Topics: Accounting and Finance, Humor, Soft Skills, Office Humor

Visual Communication: How to Ensure Your Written Work Engages Readers

Posted by Nancy Webb on Aug 5, 2014 11:00:17 AM

RHFA_Blog__verbal_communication__8.5This marks the fourth guest blog in a series of posts on improving your leadership presence from The Leadership Style Center, a business focused on helping women become more effective leaders.

You've successfully navigated your first few days on the job as a staff accountant. You've met and chatted with the people you'll be working with in the finance and accounting departments, and made a good impression. But what about the folks you haven't met? And what about ongoing communication with those you have met?

Topics: Communication, The Leadership Style Center, Nancy Webb, Business Communication, Scannability, Visual Communication, Communication Skills

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