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    Accounting Jobs That Are Almost Recession-Proof

    Accounting Jobs That Are Almost Recession-Proof
    During a recession, the right job is like a bulletproof vest worn during a shoot-out. It won’t guarantee you’ll survive, but it boosts the chance you won’t be taken out. While there’s no such thing as a recession-proof job, some finance and accounting positions are less likely to be cut during corporate downsizings. Likewise, some sectors of the overall market thrive ...
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    Dos and Don'ts for Aspiring CFOs

    Dos and Don'ts for Aspiring CFOs
    Hoping to become the chief financial officer (CFO) someday? You'll need more than your CPA credential and experience as a controller. Consider these dos and don'ts as you work your way up the accounting career ladder. Five for the To-Do List 1. Do Develop Strong Relationship Skills: "CFOs must have a good working relationship with the chief executive officer, their direct ...
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    Accounting Careers FAQ

    Accounting Careers FAQ
    Over the years, Monster members have posted thousands of questions to our Finance Careers message board. But some questions pop up all the time, so we thought we’d answer the most commonly asked queries about accounting careers here. Can I advance as an accountant without a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation? Plenty of accountants work ...
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    Play Ball as a Sports Accountant

    Play Ball as a Sports Accountant
    You could say that Bowie Baysox Controller Christy Hoos was born into her job. She grew up in a sports-obsessed family, and her father was a professional baseball player. A friend of a friend helped her find her first sports accounting job, working for the Baltimore Orioles, and her love of sports has kept her in the game. "It's more interesting ...
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    Entertainment Accounting

    Entertainment Accounting
    Lights! Camera! Audit! In the multibillion-dollar entertainment industry, accountants have found a glitzy niche providing financial services to Hollywood studios, production companies and a whole universe of artists and technicians -- from box-office superstars and music-industry moguls to truck drivers and B-movie bit players. With some connections and knowledge of the entertainment industry, a bachelor's degree in accounting and a knack ...
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    Accounting: Myth vs. Reality

    Accounting: Myth vs. Reality
    Think accounting would make a boring career? Then you haven't given the industry a close look, says Clar Rosso, director of communications for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Do any of the following careers pique your interest? * A Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who tracks down drug smugglers. * A financial advisor to movie stars and sports legends. ...
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    SOX Is a Hot Skill in Accounting

    SOX Is a Hot Skill in Accounting
    The accounting scandals of the past few years may have ended a few accounting careers, but they've also created thousands of jobs for accountants who understand the new accounting rules and procedures that came about as a result. Many companies need auditors who can help them comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (aka SOX), the federal legislation that tightened auditing ...
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    CPA or MBA?

    CPA or MBA?
    The alphabet soup of finance credentials and degrees causes plenty of folks to agonize over pursuing a CPA or MBA. Both the Certified Public Accountant designation and the master of business administration degree may appeal to those who have not yet found their finance niche. What's the difference, and which is better to pursue? The answer depends upon your likes and ...
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    Environmental Accountants Do It for the Green

    Environmental Accountants Do It for the Green
    Accountants can do more than count beans and push back against the occasional executive who wants to borrow a few hundred million from petty cash. When financial geniuses specialize in environmental accounting, they'll find themselves analyzing internal and external costs of environmental impacts and sometimes jumping up and down to get the attention of executives who'd rather stick their heads in ...
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    Advance from Accountant to Controller

    Advance from Accountant to Controller
    Controllers are the advanced technicians of the accounting world, working at the top of the corporate pyramid, just below the chief financial officer. Win a controllership, and your duties will include preparing historical financial reports detailing your company’s financial position in income statements and balance sheets, and projecting future earnings and expenses. “Your hand is on the pulse of everything the ...
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    Fight Fraud as a Forensic Accountant

    Fight Fraud as a Forensic Accountant
    An employee embezzles millions of dollars from his company, but he doesn't know his firm is on to him. To combat his schemes, the company brings in a forensic accountant, a professional with a combination of financial expertise and investigative prowess, to determine exactly what's going on. Eventually, the forensic accountant uncovers the fraud, gathers evidence and turns it over to ...
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    Accounting Careers Go Global

    Accounting Careers Go Global
    When corporations expand overseas, they need more than language lessons, plane tickets and a suitcase of foreign currency. These businesses must mind trade regulations, pay taxes in multiple national jurisdictions and carry out fundamental accounting processes like audits and financial reporting that, ideally, should be transparent to the world's capital markets. Those needs help explain how globalization is driving current demand ...
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    Four Resume Tips for Finance Professionals

    Four Resume Tips for Finance Professionals
    Finance professionals can find career opportunities in any business sector. Whether you're looking to be a CFO or controller, financial analyst or financial planner, portfolio manager or investment counselor, the requisites for the resume are the same. When developing your finance resume, focus on skills, areas of expertise, certifications and specific accomplishments. The resume must convey what you can do for ...
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    CPA or CMA?

    CPA or CMA?
    When you're searching for accounting jobs, a credential next to your name can help your resume stand out. But which one is right for you: certified public accountant (CPA) or certified management accountant (CMA)? It depends on your career goals, but here are some points to consider. What Do You Want to Do? Because core areas of expertise for CPAs and ...
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