Technologically savvy accountants are in greater demand than ever before. If you are knowledgeable about the latest offerings in accounting software products, you can help clients with a multitude of tasks.
Developing Effective Problem-Solving Skills
In most organizations, solving business or other work-related problems is the responsibility of a manager, but it is never too early to start acquiring the necessary skills. The key to handling problems in a professional manner is not to let your emotions get in the way. Analyze the problem and examine the underlying causes before coming up with a solution and the means to achieving it.
Mixing Work With Pleasure
In your professional life, you may encounter situations where social and business obligations overlap. When it comes to mixing work with pleasure, observe some important "do's" and "don'ts".
At any time during your career you may face the prospect of moving to another city. Moving can be an expensive, time-consuming and stressful event, but with proper planning it can be an easy transition.
In today's business world, subject area knowledge is not always enough. Showing proper professional conduct is becoming increasingly important. Without these skills, you risk losing not only customers but also the support of colleagues and associates. Why does professionalism matter?
Your resume is your passport to job opportunity. It's a sales pitch whose main selling point is you -- your skills, credentials, abilities. If you know what firms are looking for in a resume, you can use that knowledge to present yourself in the most favorable light possible.
You have landed a job and are now working at the company of your choice. But clearing the first hurdle doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve won the race.
Using Summer to Prepare for the Fall Job Search
During the summer months on campus, finding ways to occupy yourself can be as hard as finding time to relax was during the year.
For recent hires of leading professional services firms such as KPMG, one of the biggest adjustments may be the extensive travel encountered by some accounting/consulting professionals.
Once you begin your working life, learning to deal with stress on the job will be an important step toward career success.
Who do you want to be? Do you hope to become a dynamic leader, an example for your co-workers, one of the inspirational members of an office team?
Along with any job will come traditional benefits such as vacation days, 401k plans and medical benefits. However, many companies now offer important and valuable benefits to employees that address specific issues and problems..
Yesterday, you thought you'd mastered all the procedures for derivative financial instruments and hedging activities. But what about today?
With the advent of the New Year comes another round of office parties. For many of you, this will be the first time you have been in a professional situation with a social atmosphere.
It is inevitable that one day you may not get along with a co-worker, but it doesn't have to derail your career.
In my more than 35 years in the public accounting field I have seen many changes in the workplace. One of the changes that I am proud to have been a part of is the increase in women's roles.
Many accountants try to find ways to be more productive by working through lunch, coming in early or staying late. But the best way to get your work done is by being organized.
Despite academic theories like "the invisible hand of commerce", personal relationships -- connections -- play a big role in the success of businesses.
Being an outstanding employee requires a touch of this inventor's spirit, a determination to persistently strive to create value.
Most starting out in their career will get two weeks of vacation per year, plus a number of personal days -- a far cry from the winter breaks, spring breaks and summer vacations of school.
What is the true nature of today's office culture -- the traditional, impersonal sanctuary of business or the super-personal soap opera?
According to a recent survey cited in The Wall Street Journal, 79 percent of young Americans believe that there are no absolute standards in ethics.
In today's competitive workplace environment, it takes more than just working late to advance at your job. Many people are taking the next step and joining community organizations which relate to their job.
If you haven't heard the term before, "job hopping" means going from job to job, working at each one for short periods of time. Will this type of employment track land you at your dream job?
College graduates, both the newly minted and those hoping to change companies, are finding a luxury on the job hunt they haven't had in quite a while: they're suddenly able to pick and choose.
Beginning a new job -- whether it's the first one out of school or a job switch -- is always a big change in your life.
Most college graduates have never been in a corporate environment before, so the first few months there are spent getting used to the many aspects of the business world that set it apart from academia and the part-time or summer jobs they may have previously experienced.
Your superior plays a crucial role in your development as a businessperson, and he or she will no doubt be one of the people you'll remember for the rest of your career - no matter how many others follow.
I'd like to take some time now to run through various points you'll want to keep in mind when you make the jump from student life to the business world. It's a major change for you, and the way you handle yourself on your first job can affect the rest of your career.
An exciting though also daunting part of graduating and entering the "real world" is the prospect of becoming a financially independent, self-supporting citizen.
Over the last three decades, women have gradually but steadily moved into management positions in corporate America. This improvement in their status has brought with it such innovations as flextime and work-site daycare.
It ranks right up there with root canals and traffic court: no one likes asking for a raise.
You can't escape the fact that office politics are a part of every company. But, you can control whether you use them to advantage, disadvantage or don't play the game at all.
Credit cards are the easiest method of payment possible. You whip it out, sign on the dotted line and the best part is the money isn't actually due until the end of the month!