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Monday Management Minute: Managing Your Headcount with Accounting Software

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Mar 2, 2015 5:00:00 AM

RHFA_0115_IMG_BlogJan19_NAM_ENGAccounting and finance managers are often involved in decisions concerning technology purchases. They may be asked to help evaluate products or to sign off on a purchase decision.

One request that is likely to cross their desks is for human resources technology — specifically, accounting software that allows functional areas and organizations as a whole to get a complete and real-time view of their headcount by employee, department, business unit or specific project. This can prove very helpful if, for instance, your business is considering redistributing workloads and responsibilities. Some programs also enable other workforce-related tasks, such as talent management.

Topics: CFO, Monday Management Minute, Management Advice, Technology, Human Resources

Positions in Demand: The Financial Analyst

Posted by Peter Dorfman on Feb 27, 2015 12:30:00 PM

RHFABlog_Salaryspotlightfinancialanalyst.30A robust economy brings especially good news, if you’re a financial analyst. You can look forward to a vibrant hiring market and rising compensation this year. In fact, your job prospects look good right through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Topics: Financial Analyst, Salary Calculator, 2015 Salary Guide, Positions in Demand, ERP, Hiring Financial Analyst, XBRL

2015 Salary Guide Predictions: 4 Opportunities for Finance Professionals on the Job Market

Posted by Rebekah McLain on Feb 25, 2015 2:30:03 PM

RHFA_0215_IMG_350x250_FebruaryBlog_Feb25_accountingjobs_set_to_breakout_soonThis promises to be an exciting year for accounting and finance professionals looking for a job. The 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half reports that talent shortages are emerging, and the demand is growing faster than the supply of skilled workers.

While staff accountants and controllers continue to be highly sought-after financial professionals, healthcare reform, globalization, the dynamic nature of regulatory compliance and big data will cause new positions to emerge. The Salary Guide identifies several industry trends and positions that will be especially hot in 2015, including: 

Topics: Salary Guide, Affordable Care Act, Regulatory Mandates, Compliance, Financial Analyst, Controller, 2015 Salary Guide

8 Easy Ideas to Improve Employee Engagement

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Feb 23, 2015 8:04:00 AM

RHFA_0215_IMG_350x250_FebruaryBlog_Feb23It’s no secret that employees who are passionate about their work are key to an organization’s success. An unmotivated staff with low job satisfaction will likely lead to low productivity and morale as well as a high turnover rate.

In fact, according to a recent Robert Half study, about 60 percent of workers claimed they would leave their current position if they did not feel engaged. Additionally, one in four workers said their organization was ineffective at keeping employees engaged. Here are eight tips to increase and improve employee engagement

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Turnover, Employee Engagement, Mentoring

Building on Your Foundation: Career Progression in Accounting Jobs

Posted by James Ranson on Feb 20, 2015 8:29:27 AM

RHFA_0115_IMG_BlogJan21_NAM_ENGYou’ve settled into a great entry-level accounting job. You’ve mastered the beginning work, passed your certified public accountant (CPA) exam with flying colors, and now you’re ready to start thinking about advancement. You know your career path can take you through a range of senior accounting jobs, from manager to controller to CFO or even CEO. But how do you get that career progression started as quickly as possible?

Here are five tips on proving yourself and becoming a leader in accounting jobs:

Topics: Accounting Jobs, CPA, Soft Skills, Mentoring, Social Media, CCSA, CFA, CGAP, CFSA

Careers in Finance: Hiring Advice for Starting Your Search

Posted by Rebekah McLain on Feb 18, 2015 10:59:39 AM

RHFA_0215_IMG_350x250_FebruaryBlog_Feb18It seems like accounting and finance professionals are in higher demand than cronuts these days. According to a recent Robert Half webinar on hiring for finance careers, some of the major driving forces behind this trend are the need for increased speed and efficiencies, baby boomer retirements and employees leaving for higher-paying positions. This set of factors leads to finance employees and candidates having the upper hand in the current job market.

Topics: Career Advice, Financial Analyst, Hiring Advice, Career Development, MBA, Communication Skills, Careers in Finance, Noel Tiell

Salary Spotlight: Tax Accountant

Posted by Rebekah McLain on Feb 17, 2015 10:30:56 AM

RHFA_0614_IMG_500x333_RGB_RF_accounting-1If you’re a tax accountant or looking to start a career as one, we’ve got good news for you: The position is in demand right now. The 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half reports tax accountants can expect an increase in starting salary of — at minimum — 3.6 percent. But before you demand a raise or up your salary requirements, take a look at what makes a stellar tax accountant, and what they should make.

Topics: Salary Guide, CPA, MBA, CMA, Microsoft Excel, Enterprise Resource Planning, Salary Calculator, Tax Accountant Jobs, ACA, 2015 Salary Guide, Tax Laws, Tax Returns

Are You Ready to Kick-Start Your Job Search?

Posted by DeLynn Senna on Feb 13, 2015 11:05:02 AM

RHFA_0215_IMG_350x250_FebruaryBlog_Feb4A new year is a new beginning. If you’ve been thinking about another job, 2015 just may be your year. In the U.S., accounting and finance wages are expected to rise an average of 3.5 per cent, finds the U.S. Salary Guide from Robert Half, and the latest UK Salary Guide shows a similar increase. Even if you aren’t looking, it doesn’t hurt to be ready; you never know when a recruiter or potential employer may contact you with a great opportunity. 

Topics: Salary Guide, Common Interview Questions, AICPA, CGMA, Professional Development, Cover Letter, Job Search Tips, Job Search Advice

Ask the Expert: What Should I Know When Looking For a Job as a Controller?

Posted by Rebekah McLain on Feb 11, 2015 4:28:00 PM

RHFA_0215_IMG_350x250_FebruaryBlog_Feb11If you’re an experienced accountant with strong interpersonal skills, you might consider moving up the corporate ladder and looking for a job as controller of your organization. If you think you’ve got what it takes, you could be on the cusp of an excellent career move. According to the Robert Half 2015 Salary Guide, the controller is one of the top in-demand accounting and finance positions. Even better, controller salaries are expected to increase up to 4.3 percent this year.

Topics: Salary Guide, Ask a Recruiter, Career Advice, Controller, MBA, Salary Calculator, Controller Job Description, CPA exam, Carrie Lewis

Negotiating Accounting and Finance Salaries: 4 Tips for First-Timers

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Feb 10, 2015 10:40:32 AM

RHFA_0215_IMG_350x250_FebruaryBlog_Feb10You just aced the interview for your first accounting or finance job. Congratulations! Now it’s time for a salary negotiation. You might feel a little uncomfortable naming a starting salary due to your lack of experience in the field and a limited knowledge of finance and accounting salaries. How do you convince your new employer you’re worth every dime you ask for?

Keep in mind you were offered the job for a reason — the employer thinks you have what it takes. You need to know what you have to offer and what you should expect. Here are four tips for maximizing the outcome of your first salary negotiation:

Topics: Salary Guide, Soft Skills, Salary Calculator, Salary Negotiation

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