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How to Avoid Hiring Mistakes and the High Costs of a Bad Hire

Posted by Paul McDonald on Mar 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

1RHFABlog_ImpactofabadhireFaced with a shortage of highly skilled accounting and finance talent, hiring in the finance sector right now is challenging at best. But even though you have to act fast to land your top candidate, you shouldn’t be hasty.

The costs of a bad hire are high. A recent Robert Half survey shows that the top two effects of hiring mistakes are decreased staff morale (39 percent) and lost productivity (34 percent). Monetary costs, cited by one in four respondents, came in at third place.

It’s important to get it right the first time around. Here are some tips for avoiding hiring mistakes:

Topics: Hiring Advice, AICPA, Resume Gap, Cost of a Bad Hire, Interview Techniques, Attracting Top Talent

10 Professional Skills Accountants Want Most

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Mar 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Topskillsindemand_thumbAs the economy continues to improve, your highly skilled finance professionals know they have options outside of your business. That’s why retention and understanding what your workers want out of their jobs is more important today than ever.

Topics: Skills Development, AICPA, Employee Retention, The People Puzzle

Professional Resume Template: Where to Find It and How to Use It

Posted by Cheri O'Neil on Mar 24, 2015 7:30:00 AM

1March-24-Where-to-find-a-professional-resume-templateAn excellent resume can help a finance professional get hired over someone with a lackluster resume. If you’re new to the finance job search or you’re re-entering the workforce after a break, you may need to brush up on the latest resume recommendations and examples.

Topics: Finance Professionals, Resume Writing, Resume Writing Tips, Finance Job Search, Professional Resume Template

Monday Management Minute: 5 Ways Recruiters Save You Time and Money

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Mar 23, 2015 5:30:00 AM

1March-30-Monday-Management-MinuteWhether unexpected or long-anticipated, a vacant position in an organization comes at a higher price than many employers realize. As you spend valuable time and resources recruiting candidates, your staff is left scrambling to fill the missing role. The result can be a dip in productivity and a spike in frustration, which is costly in more ways than one.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Hiring Process, Recruiter, Specialized Staffing

Why Do Accountants Love Their Jobs? It’s Not Necessarily Just the Numbers

Posted by Cheri O'Neil on Mar 19, 2015 7:00:00 AM

512px-Speedcubing-TwilightsojournWhile many finance and accounting professionals must work with numbers, is that what they love most about their careers?

Topics: Finance Professionals, Accountants, Problem Solving, Numbers, Job Satisfaction

Get the Most Out of Professional Development: 6 Top Training Methods

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Mar 18, 2015 6:30:00 AM

March18PeoplePuzzleTopTrainingTechniques_thumbMost managers recognize the importance of professional development. But not everyone knows the best training methods for inspiring employees to learn. 

Topics: Accounting Professionals, AICPA, Mentoring, Professional Development, Workshops and Conferences, The People Puzzle, Webinars, Online Courses

Make Me a Match: 5 Resume-Writing Tips to Fit the Accountant Job Description

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Mar 17, 2015 10:30:00 AM

March-17-Tips-for-Making-Your-Resume-Match-the-Accountant-Job-DescriptionIt’s love at first sight: A company posts an accountant job description, and you know, without a doubt, that this is your dream job. But even though you feel sure you’re the perfect candidate, you never even get called in for an interview. What went wrong?

Topics: Soft Skills, Certifications, Resume Writing Tips, Accountant Job Description, Keywords, Accounting Software

4 Reasons Counteroffers Don't Work

Posted by DeLynn Senna on Mar 16, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Road_Signs_-_Warning_Sign_-_Other_dangers.svg1You’re in the midst of a major project when Maureen, one of your best accountants, comes to you with some bad news: She’s resigning to accept another firm’s offer. Caught off guard, you immediately begin asking questions about her new position, and you start calculating possible counteroffers in your head. 

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Management Advice, Counteroffers, Morale, Resignation, 2015 Salary Guide

Number-Crunching in the Cloud: Cloud-Based Accounting Software

Posted by Amy Bell on Mar 11, 2015 6:19:00 AM

March-11-cloud-financial-accounting-softwareAre you considering a switch to cloud-based software solutions, or is your company? Among U.S. executives surveyed for Robert Half’s report, 2014 Benchmarking the Accounting and Finance Function, 7 percent say their companies are already using software-as-a-service (SaaS), or a cloud-based option, as their primary financial system.

Topics: Industry Trends, Technology, Financial Systems, Business Systems, Accounting Software, Cloud-Based Accounting

Get Your Foot in the Door: 4 Pieces of Hiring Advice for Entry-Level Finance Jobs

Posted by Rebekah McLain on Mar 10, 2015 6:30:00 AM

March10HowtoGetYourPickofEntry-LevelFinanceJobsAre you searching for entry-level finance jobs? Good news: You’ll find myriad opportunities in your sector. With the economy showing signs of recovery, many organizations are adding new finance and accounting positions to their rosters. According to the 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half, employers are recruiting entry-level candidates to staff these positions. 

Topics: Financial Analyst, Hiring Advice, Finance Jobs, Salary Calculator, Accountants, 2015 Salary Guide, Entry Level

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