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Recognize and Reward: 4 Tips for Giving Thanks to Your Staff

Posted by Rebekah McLain on Nov 24, 2014 7:00:00 AM

RHFA_Blog_Thanksgiving_Theme_Nov_25Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Hopefully, you’ll have plenty to be thankful for, from family and friends to great food and hours of football. But as you look ahead to a long weekend and full plates, don’t forget to thank your staff at work.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Office Humor, Harvard Business School, Thanksgiving, Employee Recognition

Overqualified for the Job? How to Land It Anyway

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Nov 19, 2014 8:00:00 AM

RHFA_Blog_overqualified,_do_you_still_apply_10.22You’ve found a position you’d like, but you can tell by the job description that you’re overqualified. Before you apply for a job that doesn't require your full experience and qualifications, make sure you’re clear about what you want out of your next position and in your career overall.

Once you’re certain that you want to pursue a position you’re overqualified for, bear in mind the following so you can land it:

Topics: Hiring Advice, Resume Writing, Job Description, Cover Letter

Accentuate the Positive: How Frank Sinatra Can Help You Overcome Under-Qualification

Posted by Stacy Dyer on Nov 18, 2014 7:30:00 AM

RHFA_Blog_youre_underqualified-_do_you_still_apply_nov_5In life, very few things are all or nothing. There's a big wide gray area in between. So just because you don't possess every single one of the qualifications and requirements in a job posting doesn't mean you're not the right (wo)man for the job.

If you’ve been eyeing your dream job description and think you’re underqualified, you might want to think again. This time, take some hiring advice from Old Blue Eyes himself. Here are four ways Frank Sinatra's "Accentuate the Positive" just might help you overcome your under-qualification:

Topics: Hiring, Volunteering, Certifications, Networking, Job Description, Cover Letter, Frank Sinatra, Keywords

Year-End and Tax Season Giving You the Blues? Turn ‘Bah Humbug’ into Merriment

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Nov 17, 2014 1:52:00 PM

53_percent_clients_biggest_concern_is_workloadIt’s supposed to be a merry time of year, but many finance and accounting managers are thinking, “Bah humbug,” thanks to heavy year-end and tax season workloads and pressure to craft business plans for 2015.

In an online survey by Robert Half Finance & Accounting, finance and accounting department decision makers said this time of year is “very challenging” when it comes to ensuring their finance and accounting departments are adequately staffed to meet seasonal deadlines.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Tax Season, Year-End, Peter Tiffany, How to Hire, Taxes, Bradshaw, Gordon & Clinkscales

The Fine Art of Salary Negotiation: 3 Tips for Getting the Raise You Want

Posted by DeLynn Senna on Nov 14, 2014 9:28:06 AM


“Ask,” the old saying goes, “and ye shall receive.” Sounds simple enough, but when it comes to requesting a higher salary from your employer, it can get tricky. How should accounting and finance professionals ask for a raise?

Topics: Salary Guide, DeLynn Senna, On Vacation, Salary Calculator, Salary Negotiation, Performance Review

Job Search Tips: How to Find a Job at the End of the Year

Posted by James Ranson on Nov 12, 2014 4:34:47 PM

RHFA_Blog_Looking_for_a_job_at_the_end_of_the_year_Nov_12The holiday season is fast approaching. Employees everywhere are looking forward to work slow-downs, vacations, family time, holiday bonuses and perhaps some much-needed peace and quiet. But while workers are winding down, hiring trends are heating up.

If you’re in the market for a new job, year-end hiring might just be your best friend. Richard Singer, Robert Half’s Director of Permanent Placement Services, who is based in New Jersey, has four important job-search tips to help job seekers capitalize on year-end hiring trends:

Topics: Hiring Trends, Year-End, Job Search Tips, Richard Singer, Year-End Hiring, How to Find a Job at the End of the Year

4 Questions to Ask Before Giving Your Two Weeks’ Notice

Posted by Liisa Sullivan on Nov 11, 2014 4:15:20 PM

RHFA_Blog__when_to_put_in_two_weeks_notice_10.21Sure, everyone has rotten days at work, but what should you do when the bad days feel like they outnumber the good? Many accounting professionals may feel safer about moving on from an unhappy work situation because the demand for skilled financial talent is on the rise. But if you’re going to abandon ship, you don’t want to sink; you want to swim. So if you feel like it’s time to quit your job, ask yourself these questions before you give two weeks’ notice: 

Topics: Career Advice, Resignation, Quit Your Job, Two Weeks Notice

Join the Celebration: It’s International Accounting Day!

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Nov 10, 2014 1:13:58 PM

RHFA_Blog_international_accounting_day_nov_10Most businesses can’t survive without a trusted accounting team. Even the FBI employs more than 2,000 accounting special agents. In fact, accounting really is a rock-star profession. Just ask Mick Jagger or Robert Plant, both of whom studied accounting before their music careers took off.

From your staff accountant to your senior accountant, these folks keep the books balanced and taxes filed. It’s worth taking a moment on this auspicious day to learn some surprising facts about accountants and give thanks to them appropriately.

Topics: Senior Accountant, Professional Development, Luca Pacioli, International Accountant’s Day, Mick Jagger, International Accounting Day, Robert Plant

Who Loves You? 3 Strategies to Get the Best References

Posted by Stacy Dyer on Nov 6, 2014 3:01:07 PM

RHFA_Blog_How_to_get_a_Good_Reference_10.15Your resume is well-stocked with work achievements, and your interview skills finely tuned. But the finance and accounting job market is so competitive, your references may just be the finishing touch that tips the scale toward landing you a job offer — or not. So choose them wisely.

Here’s a 3-point strategy to make sure your references are the right ones:

Topics: Recommendation, References, Interview Skills

Keep a Finger on the Financial Pulse: Must-Have Resources for a Financial Analyst

Posted by Liisa Sullivan on Nov 4, 2014 11:10:06 AM

RHFA_Blog_Go_to_Resources_for_Financial_Analysts_Nov_4A financial analyst needs a keen awareness of financial trends. Knowing where to turn for the most up-to-date financial data is the first step.

Given the complexity of the global economy, the job of financial analyst has never been more fascinating — and critical. Working as a financial analyst in the banking sector or at a top-level financial services firm requires a broad skill set, including a comprehensive understanding of economic trends.

How can you obtain timely financial knowledge and an enlightening outside perspective — both of which a financial analyst must have to succeed? Here are just a few resources you’ll need on your desk:

Topics: Financial Analyst, AICPA, FEI, Bloomberg, Financial Executives International, International Business Times, Investor’s Business Daily, The Economist, Forbes, Seeking Alpha, Financial Knowledge, Financial Data, Timothy Geithner, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Andrew Ross Sorkin

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