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Attracting the Right Talent Starts with Your Accountant Job Description

Posted by Stacy Dyer on Oct 29, 2014 4:26:55 PM

RHFA_Blog_Writing_an_accountant_job_description_9.24According to a Robert Half survey, 60 percent of small business owners and managers pinpoint locating skilled workers as their most significant challenge when it comes to hiring and managing staff.

Creating a well thought-out and accurate accountant job description is the first step to finding the skilled professionals you need and avoiding bad hires. It can even help after you bring someone on. Here’s what you need to think about:

Topics: Salary Guide, CPA, Hiring Process, Hiring Advice, CISA, CMA, CGMA, Salary Negotiation, Job Description, Accountant Job Description, Accountant Salary

Financial Staffing Agencies: How to Find the Best Recruiter of the Bunch

Posted by Kim Christman on Oct 28, 2014 3:01:10 PM

RHFA_0514_IMG_350x250_Blog65-616_Part1_NAM_ENGFinancial staffing agencies are experts at finding the right match, whether that’s a rewarding career opportunity or the financial professional that takes your team to the next level. But, with so many options available, how do you go about choosing the right recruitment service for you or your company?

Topics: Career Advice, Recruiting, Recruitment, Recruiter, Financial Staffing Agencies, Recruitment Service, Recruiters

How to Use the 2015 Salary Guide for Your Business Planning and Budgeting

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Oct 27, 2014 1:38:25 PM

FA_Blog_how_to_use_the_2015_SG_10.27Temperatures are cooling, the leaves are turning, and the end of the year is in sight. For managers, autumn brings the task of putting together business plans and setting budgets for the next year. What positions will you need to add in 2015? Which ones require you to start recruiting immediately or to increase your salary budget?

The annual Salary Guide from Robert Half is a comprehensive resource that details starting salary and hiring trends in finance and accounting. It’s for companies, job candidates and researchers alike, and Robert Half has been producing the guide every year since 1950.

Here are four ways you can use the latest guide to plan for 2015:

Topics: Salary Guide, Monday Management Minute, Salary Calculator, IFRS

Why Good Employees Say, ‘I Quit!’ and What to Do About It

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Oct 22, 2014 8:39:22 AM

RHFA_1014_GRAPH_Money_4If you work for a great boss, it may be easier to overlook or at least accept the fact you’re overworked or simply bored with your job responsibilities. In fact, reporting to respected management may push you to work harder or longer hours.

But receiving inadequate or below market-rate wages is a top deal-breaker that can cause good employees to quit their jobs, according to recent research from our company. And it’s an area CFOs and employees alike see eye to eye on in the United States.

Topics: Salary Guide, Paul McDonald, Average Salary, Salary Increases, Salary Negotiation

Coach K vs. Mr. Miyagi: Do Your Employees Need a Coach or a Mentor?

Posted by Stacy Dyer on Oct 21, 2014 4:46:00 PM

Mike_Krzyzewski_talks_to_his_team_during_a_timeoutMike Krzyzewski, affectionately known as Coach K, is the head men’s basketball coach at Duke University. He’s one of the greatest coaches of all time. Mr. Miyagi comes to us from the film “The Karate Kid” and may be the best-known mentor around.

But what’s the difference between a coach and a mentor? You might have examples of each at your organization. You might even play one of these vital roles yourself. How do you know which one your employees need?

Topics: Succession Planning, Onboarding, Mentoring, Leadership, Coach, Mike Krzyzewski, The Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi

Lights, Camera, Action: How to Ace Your Next Video Interview

Posted by James Ranson on Oct 20, 2014 2:57:00 PM

RHFA_Blog_How_to_conduct_a_video_interview_10.20More and more organizations are turning to video job interviews today. It can be more practical than in-person interviewing when you have a long list of qualified candidates to meet. Video interviews allow for a personal and visual interaction with a potential boss without investing the time and money it would take to travel to the office in person.

However, just because a video interview doesn’t take place in a traditional setting doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. Here are our top tips to make your next video interview a smash hit:

Topics: Common Interview Questions, How to Conduct a Video Interview, Video Interview, Questions to Ask on a Video Interview, Interview Attire

Office Humor: Happy Boss Day!

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Oct 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM

boss_dayHappy Boss Day! In honor of this probably slightly underrated holiday (no one gets the day off work, afterall), here's a chuckle from our favorite contributing cartoonist, Randy Glasbergen.

Topics: Randy Glasbergen Cartoons, Boss, Office Humor, Cartoons

Career Advice: The Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Accounting and Finance Jobs

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Oct 15, 2014 9:46:00 AM

ACA_report_coverMany of the reporting requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) concern company and individual tax returns. As a result, professionals in accounting and finance jobs will need to gain a full understanding of those provisions as deadlines for the act’s Employer Mandate and Individual Mandate approach. Professionals in the medical billing field will also have additional responsibilities under the act.

Topics: CPA, ACA, Medical Billing, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Job Search Advice for Finance Professionals: 4 Essential Tips to Score Your Dream Job

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Oct 14, 2014 2:25:07 PM

RHFA_Blog_Dream_Job_10.1You’ve been scouring the web looking for a job when suddenly you spot it: your dream finance role. The job description matches your skill set, the organization is one you admire, and the perks are fantastic. Now all you have to do is convince the hiring manager you’re the perfect candidate for the job.

Here are four pieces of job search advice to help you score your dream job and accelerate your finance career:

Topics: Salary Guide, Soft Skills, Social Media, Professional Brand, Hiring Managers, Resume Writing Tips, Professional Development, Cover Letter, Dream Job, Online Reputation

Flu Season Alert: Does Your Company Have an Effective Policy for Sick Days?

Posted by Kim Christman on Oct 13, 2014 2:19:00 PM

RHFA_Blog_Monday_Management_Minute_Sick_Days_10.6Today’s diverse workforce has varied needs, particularly when it comes to benefits like personal time off. Although many employees take it for granted, time off is part of every benefits package, and is especially relevant with flu season on the horizon and employees who may have to stay home to recover. Benefits packages typically include any paid days that employees don’t work, including holidays, vacation days, sick days, and personal days or choice time off.

Establishing and communicating your paid time off (PTO) policy is an important part of empowering your employees to comply with it and appropriately use this time away from work. Here are some guidelines to make your policy an effective one:

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Work-Life Balance, Sick Days, Sick Leave Policy, Benefits, Choice Time Off

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