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Losing a Job, Workaholic Bosses and CPA Exam Anxiety: July's Popular Posts

Posted by Kari Hulac on Jul 31, 2014 4:00:00 AM

workaholic2It can be tough to keep up with your work-related reading list, especially in the dog days of summer.

So we thought we’d lend a hand by recapping our five of our most popular blog posts, in no particular order, for the month of July. Read on for more about everything from losing your job and dealing with a workaholic supervisor to preparing for the CPA exam.

1. You’ve Lost Your Job – Expert Tips on What to Do Next 

Three Robert Half Finance & Accounting division directors share the most important next career steps you should take after getting fired or laid off from your job.  Among many great tips, Kevin Green in Chattanooga pointed out:  Now is NOT the time to "go into hiding.”

2. Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance With a Workaholic Boss

If your supervisor is the type who seems to always be on the job 24/7 you’ll appreciate these suggestions to keeping your sanity in such a situation. Some key takeaways include knowing when to give yourself a break so you’ll be more productive and how to set work-free boundaries.

Topics: Finding Jobs, Work-Life Balance, unemployment, Workaholic, CPA exam

First Day Job Jitters? Verbal Presence Can Help

Posted by Karen Anderson Peters on Jul 29, 2014 8:22:41 AM

RHFA_First_day_job_jitters_Verbal_Presence_Can_Help-1This marks the third 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 got the job! You are excited, eager to start and, yes, you are a bit anxious.

First day job jitters are inevitable, even when cloaked in enthusiasm. Regardless of where you fit into the corporate structure, from top-level financial executive to staff accountant, you want to put forth the best of who you are.

You want to come across as a team player while communicating competence in your new position. How? Verbal presence—a conscious focus on being aware of how your verbal interactions impact others—can help you to be authentic, effective, and accessible. Visual presence is one of the most overlooked components of becoming an effective leader, according to The Leadership Style Center.

Topics: Hiring Advice, Communication, The Leadership Style Center, Karen Anderson Peters, Verbal Presence, Job Interview

Monday Management Minute: You're the Boss Now

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Jul 28, 2014 12:16:56 PM

RHFA_0614_BLG_shutterstock_115555096_YoureBossNow_NAM_ENGMaybe you’ve just been given a well-deserved promotion. Or perhaps you’ve landed a new position in a senior role at a different organization. Now you have an entire finance and accounting staff to oversee.

The catch? They’re all older than you.

An age difference can make managing older employees a challenge. But age aside, you’re the boss now. By avoiding a few typical “young boss” pitfalls, you can survive and thrive in your new position and gain the respect of your staff with effective workplace management approaches that maximize age diversity with a multigenerational workforce.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Communication, Teamwork, Leadership, Workplace Management, Managing Older Employees, Multigenerational Workforce

Tips for Working With a Recruiter

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Jul 23, 2014 1:57:00 PM

Business_Etiquette_FAMore often than not, workers only turn to recruiters for help when they’re actively seeking new jobs. However, building a long-term relationship with a specialized recruiting firm is an often-overlooked career strategy that will help keep the door open for future finance and accounting job opportunities you might not find otherwise.

If a recruiter reaches out to you, it’s a great opportunity to forge a professional relationship, even if you aren’t interested in leaving your current job. With the proper approach, you can make a valuable contact who might be able to help you later in your career.

Topics: Career Advice, Recruiting, Recruitment, Steven Fields, Specialized Recruiting Firm, Danann Smith, Steve Saah

So You Need an Executive Assistant

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Jul 21, 2014 11:42:17 AM

MMM_so_you_need_an_executive_assist._FAMost organizations don’t hesitate to hire a designer to create a company website, system administrators to keep technical operations running smoothly or financial analysts to offer advice on securities and investments. But one key role that’s often overlooked is that of an executive assistant. Even CFOs can find themselves caught up in administrative work, making it more difficult for them to do their “regular” jobs. In fact, more than one-third of CFOs polled in a Robert Half survey stated the one responsibility they would most like to eliminate is basic clerical and administrative work.

Topics: CFO, Monday Management Minute, Communication, Work-Life Balance, Job Posting, Competitive Salary, Executive Assistant, Administrative Professional

Visual Presence: Your First Day at Work

Posted by Diane Parente on Jul 21, 2014 10:09:00 AM

RHFA_0714_IMG_350x250_Blog-pink_black_outfit_NAM_ENGTomorrow is your first day at work after months of interviews. Of course, you want to make a good impression. You want to be received as a team member and you want to be taken seriously. How can you do this without saying a word?

Topics: Leadership, The Leadership Style Center, Visual Presence, Diane Parente

Quitting Your Job Gracefully

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Jul 16, 2014 11:19:00 AM

RHFA_0614_IMG_500x333_RGB_RF_quitjobQuitting your job doesn’t have to be a stressful experience for you or your employer.

Although the dramatic, dance-inspired way one employee quit her job may have made her a YouTube sensation, a less explosive exit is likely to create a smoother transition if you’re planning to leave your job. At minimum, putting in your two weeks’ notice should be a professional courtesy so you don’t burn any bridges on your way out.

Topics: Productivity, Counteroffers, Resignation, Quit Your Job, Two Weeks Notice, Marina Shifrin, Recommendation

Don't Stress: Tips to Alleviate CPA Exam Anxiety

Posted by Kim Christman on Jul 15, 2014 10:11:40 AM

RHFA_0514_IMG_350x250_Blog65-616_Part2_NAM_ENGWhether you’re taking the certified public accountant (CPA) certification exam for the first time or the fifth, it’s natural to be a little nervous. As one of the key steps to earning your CPA certification, the exam carries a lot of weight.

Know the requirements

Understanding the registration and scheduling process can help you feel more prepared before you even start studying. Each state's board of accountancy sets the requirements for certification and facilitates CPA exam registration and scheduling.

Topics: CPA, AICPA, Continuing Education, Professional Development, Roger CPA Review, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Notice to Schedule, Auditing and Attestation, ThisWaytoCPA, Business Environment and Concepts, CPA exam, Becker, Regulation

Leadership Presence: How to Best Present Yourself in Any Situation

Posted by Karen Anderson Peters and Nancy Webb on Jul 14, 2014 2:11:00 PM

RHFA_0714_IMG_350x250_leadership_style_center_NAM_ENGDefinitions of leadership abound, ranging from managerial to visionary, from charismatic to stately. Most people agree that effective, authentic leadership requires a creative combination of substance and style. But schools and organizations typically emphasize the importance of substance and competency. The way we present our expertise to others, our “style,” is often a distant second, if it's considered at all.

How professionals present themselves is just as essential to their success as their expertise. If you’ve worked hard, yet find it difficult to be taken seriously as a qualified professional, it may be that your style doesn’t match the level of your expertise. Style is often overlooked as an aspect of power and effectiveness, but it's key to building confidence and success, and to demonstrating your authentic self.

Here at The Leadership Style Center, a business focused on helping women become more effective leaders, we've identified three of the most overlooked components of becoming an effective leader.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Communication, Leadership, The Leadership Style Center, Karen Anderson Peters, Nancy Webb, Diane Parente

Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance With a Workaholic Boss

Posted by Liisa Sullivan on Jul 9, 2014 11:05:00 AM

RHFA_When_Your_Boss_is_Workaholic_Blog-July9_NAM-ENG_r3You want to please your manager or CFO, but it seems there just aren't enough hours in the day. Don't let a workaholic mentality drive you to distraction. 

There many different kinds of bosses out there, and it’s an ideal situation when you find a supervisor that’s a good fit with your personality. But having a positive relationship with management doesn't necessarily mean you have to embody all the same traits. On the contrary, some supervisors might possess characteristics best avoided. One example is the tendency to work long and arduous hours, even when working smart is the better alternative.

Topics: CFO, Management Advice, Work-Life Balance, Boss, Workaholic

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